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The film “The Heroic Trio & Executioners” is now available in 4K UHD and Blu-ray format from Criterion.
The film "The Heroic Trio & Executioners" is now available in 4K UHD and Blu-ray format from Criterion.

The film “The Heroic Trio & Executioners” is now available in 4K UHD and Blu-ray format from Criterion.


The Heroic Trio & Executioners | 4K UHD & Blu-ray (Criterion)

The Heroic Trio & Executioners | 4K UHD & Blu-ray (Criterion)

RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2024

On February 20, 2024, The Criterion Collection will release a 4K UHD + Blu-ray set for two films by Johnnie To: The Heroic Trio from 1993, a female-centric Hong Kong action movie, and its sequel, Heroic Trio 2: Executioners.

The movies feature three renowned actresses: Michelle Yeoh (known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy), Anita Mui (famous for My Father is a Hero and Miracles), and Maggie Cheung (notable for her roles in Hero and In the Mood for Love).

The supporting actors in the film are Yen Shi Kwan, Paul Chun Pui, Damian Lau, Eddie Ko Hung, Anthony Wong, Kaneshiro Takeshi, and Lau Ching Wan.

Read the official details:

The immense star power of renowned actresses Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui, and Michelle Yeoh brings immense energy to these thrilling and unrestrained action-packed films from director Johnnie To and action choreographer Ching Siu-tung. “The Heroic Trio” and its sequel, “Executioners,” follow a unique team of justice warriors – a group of skilled heroines who utilize blades, shotguns, and kung fu to combat villains in a gritty, futuristic city. These beloved superhero movies blend stunning martial arts sequences with exhilarating moments of comic-book insanity, showcasing the brilliant creativity of Hong Kong’s film industry at its peak.

The Heroic Trio:

Director Johnnie To and his cast of iconic stars introduced Hong Kong cinema to its own unique superhero universe with this wildly entertaining cult classic. The film follows Thief Catcher (played by Maggie Cheung), Wonder Woman (Anita Mui), and Invisible Girl (Michelle Yeoh) as they fight against a menacing eunuch who kidnaps babies and terrorizes the city. Along the way, they must confront their troubled pasts and rely on their badass skills to defeat their enemy. Brace yourself for mind-blowing motorcycle stunts, bloodthirsty zombies, creepy cannibal babies, and expertly choreographed fight scenes in this non-stop, action-packed adventure featuring three of the most fierce female warriors to ever grace the big screen.

Heroic Trio 2: Executioners:

Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui, and Michelle Yeoh reprise their roles in this gritty follow-up to The Heroic Trio set in a post-apocalyptic world. After a destructive nuclear attack, Hong Kong’s clean water supply is controlled by a masked madman (Anthony Wong) who seeks political power. The three brave fighters must put aside their differences and join forces to stop him. With a darker tone than its predecessor, Executioners showcases Johnnie To and codirector/martial-arts choreographer Ching Siu-tung’s signature intense action scenes, now with added cartoon-like craziness. The film also incorporates a gritty, dystopian atmosphere and a strong anti-authoritarian message.

Features:

  • Two classic Hong Kong action films, The Heroic Trio and Executioners, have been remastered in 4K with high-quality monaural sound.

  • The 4K UHD version includes one disc with 4K UHD quality of the movies, as well as two additional Blu-ray discs containing both the films and special features.

  • Different options for soundtracks in both Cantonese and English, in a 5.1 surround sound format.

  • Recently, there was a new interview released featuring the talented actor, Anthony Wong.

  • Recently, a fresh conversation was conducted with movie reviewer Samm Deighan (who is also a cohost on the podcast “Twitch of the Death Nerve”).

  • Trailers
  • Recently translated subtitles in English.

  • ALSO: A critique written by Beatrice Loayza

Keep an eye out for details on how to pre-order.