Wonder Woman Dead

Hong Kong actress Anita Mui died of cancer this week. In the U.S. Mui is probably best known as “Wonder Woman” (no, not the comic character), one of the Heroic Trio. Who can forget the scene in Heroic Trio 2 when the imprisoned Wonder Woman squeezes a rat until its blood drips into her mouth so she can regain her super strength? She was also terrific in Drunken Master 2, giving a hilarious performance as Wong Fei Hong’s sly mother. 2003 was not a good year for Hong Kong cinema fans, as Leslie Cheung also committed suicide a few months ago. Cheung starred in many of the seminal HK films of the 80s and 90s, from John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow to Ching Siu Tung’s A Chinese Ghost Story to Ronny Yu’s Bride With White Hair. Ironically, he and Anita Mui co-starred as lovers in the ghostly romance Rouge in 1987.

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