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Wonder Seven is a 1994 Girls with Guns action movie directed by Ching Siu-tung, starring Roger Kwok, Li Ning, and Michelle Yeoh.

Jeffrey (Ning) is an orphan, raised with six fellow friends in the orphanage, consisting of his best friend Chiu-yan, the eldest Nanny, the sole female Tiny Archer, the bald-headed Monk, buddies Steelbar and Dragon, where they call themselves the Wonder Seven - a team of seven vigilante bikers who assists the police in fighting crimes. Considering each other as close as family, the seven has been through thick and thin, until an eventful encounter with the mysterious Ying (Michelle Yeoh) may jeopardize their relationship.


Wonder Seven contains the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Michelle Yeoh's character, Ying. Hilary Tsui's Tiny Archer also counts, but she's more of a Cute Bruiser given her small size.
  • Badass Biker: The titular seven are all skilled bikers who prefers using motorcycles as their mode of transportation. Notably, Tiny Archer and Ying - who joins the group after Chiu-yan's death - also counts as Biker Babes as well.
  • Blood Brothers: Blood Brothers and a Sister. The titular seven are a band of orphans who were raised together, grew up together, and considers each other as a family.
  • Cool Shades: Worn by most of the seven throughout the movie, even on the poster. Big Bad Chun-ho on the other hand wears Sinister Shades.
  • Deadly Doctor: One scene had an assassin trying to execute the seven's benefactor while disguised as a doctor, but Jeffrey sees through the assassin's disguise.
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  • Drop the Hammer: Jeffrey often uses hammers in combat, either wielding or throwing them. In the Action Prologue, he takes down a robber by flinging a hammer into the robber's head.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The main characters are a group of seven orphans who grew up together and are a tight-knit vigilante force that considers each other as family. Even by the end of the movie, the team's name still fits, because with Chiu-yan's death, and Ying joining the gang, it's still a group of seven.
  • Family of Choice: The titular seven, again. Unrelated by blood, but considers each other the closest they have to a family.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The titular seven.
  • Five-Man Band: The seven, and Ying, all fits under this:
  • Giggling Villain: Chun-ho, a sadistic Blood Knight, laughs at the sight of death. He laughs when sending his team of bikers against the seven, gleefully guns down policemen in the final shootout while gloating, and takes pleasure at the sight of pure carnage.
  • Girls with Guns: While Michelle Yeoh did get to use firearms in Supercop and its sequel, Supercop 2, here she gets to go full John Woo on mooks, firing guns at everything that gets into her way and taking names in shootouts lifted from Moon Lee's films.
  • Guns Akimbo: Chun-ho uses dual Uzis in the finale, at one point killing seven policemen in sucession while gloating.
  • Happy Flashback: The remaining six of the seven had a flashback reminiscing over their happy times together as a team as they bid Chiu-yan an emotional farewell. Jeffrey notably fires an entire magazine from his pistol into the air while shouting at the top of his voice after blowing up Chiu-yan's motorcycle together with his corpse.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Granted, Ying was never portrayed as a villain in the movie, but it turns out she's the girlfriend of Chun-ho, the Big Bad, and when she realize how evil he truly is, she immediately turns to suppoort Jeffrey and the titular seven.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Ying's preferred clothing choice, being a Biker Babe, including leather jacket and boots.
  • Hellish Copter: Chun-ho, the Big Bad, eventually dies when his helicopter crashes into the penthouse of the building where the climax occurs.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • Ying, who can gun down mooks while speeding on her motorcycle. In the climax she leaps across from her motorcycle onto Jeffrey's, firing away with her pistol in the process, and nails eight mooks without missing a shot.
    • Jeffrey, when it comes to throwing knives.
  • Interrupted Suicide: A variation. The first meeting between Ying and Jeffrey happens near a pier where Jeffrey saw Ying standing near the water's edge in a flowing black dress, her shoes removed, and seemingly contemplating suicide. He surprises her and tries to talk her from jumping in, but it turns out she never intends to jump anyway. And since Rule of Pool can happen anytime, both of them still ends up in the water.
  • Ironic Name: Ironic Nickname. Chiu-yan, the best friend of Jeffrey, whose name literally translates to "Superman", is the only member of the seven to die in the film.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Part of Chiu-yan's last words, combined with I Regret Nothing after being shot in the junkyard shootout.
  • Knife Nut: Jeffrey uses throwing knives as his backup weapon, notably grabbing scalpels and chucking them into the Deadly Doctor assassin.
  • Knows the Ropes: Chiu-yan uses a lasso as an impromptu weapon while kicking ass, skillfully using it to ensnare one of the robbers while spinning his motorcycle around in the opening scene.
  • Leap and Fire: Done by most of the characters, especially Ying and Jeffrey.
  • Meaningful Name: Some of the titular seven's nicknames...
    • Tiny Archer, the sole female, is the youngest member, and also uses a mini-bow and arrow as a backup weapon.
    • Shaolin Monk is the balding member of the group, and also skilled in Shaolin-inspired fighting moves.
    • Nanny, the chubby Boisterous Bruiser, is the eldest of the team and caretaker for what his fellow teammates needs.
  • Meaningful Funeral: For Chiu-yan. It ends with Chiu-yan being given a grand farewell, see Viking Funeral.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The final battle, with the Wonder Seven ( Ying now replacing the deceased Chiu-yan), Chun-ho and his mooks, and the police. Although it's partially subverted in a way that the Seven aren't actively targeting the police since they are on the side of good, and spends most of their confrontation with the cops subduing them nonfatally, but Chun-ho had no qualms ordering his mooks to kill everybody that gets in their way.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Some of the titular seven doesn't have a name, although it's justified as they are orphans who grew up in the streets and simply adopts nicknames for themselves. Like Steelbar, Monk, Tiny Archer, and Chiu-yan (whose name literally translates to "Superman").
  • Sacrificial Lion: Chiu-yan, who dies in the junkyard ambush. The climax is a Roaring Rampage of Revenge dedicated to avenge him.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Played straight initially, since Tiny Archer is the sole female of the group, but then it becomes Two Girls to a Team when Ying joins the Seven after Chiu-yan's death.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Chun-ho's number two, The Dragon, gets pumped full of lead when Ying and the other six of the titular seven ( sans Chiu-yan) fires their guns on him all at the same time, with seven handguns being emptied into his body. If the bullets doesn't kill him, the lead poisoning probably will.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Ying is the tomboy (albeit a Tomboy with a Girly Streak, since she doies wear dresses a few times), and Tiny Archer is the girly girl.
  • Viking Funeral: Chiu-yan is given one of these in his final sendoff, by having his dead body strapped to his beloved motorcycle, which is then sent sprinting off a cliff at full speed, before Jeffrey shoots its fuel tank, causing the motorcycle to explode with Chiu-yan still on it, cremating him with his transport.