Heroic Trio 2: Executioners (1993)

Honestly, they could have made hundreds of movies in the Heroic Trio series and I would have watched every single one of them. The Wonder Woman (Anita Mui), The Invisible Girl (Michelle Yeoh) and The Thief Catcher (Maggie Cheung) have returned, but the city around them has been decimated from a nuclear attack.

Unlike most superhero films, each of the characters has made major growth in their lives. Wonder Woman is now a mother, hiding her powers to become a better provider. Invisible Girl works to atone for being evil and even trains her former master’s hunchbacked henchman Kau to be a hero. And Thief Catcher may try to steal everything, but she now realizes that she is part of something bigger than herself.

Director Siu-Tung Ching also made the A Chinese Ghost Story series and he directed this with original Heroic Trio maker Johnnie To.

I often obsess about how sequels never change up the game. This movie decided to take a colorful comic book romp and make it a violent and bleak post-apocalyptic movie about the lack of water at the end of the world and the changing roles of women. Hong Kong, you always have so many surprises.

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