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The Protector (1985)

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Two New York cops, Billy Wong and Danny Garoni, head to Hong Kong after the daughter of a rich businessman is kidnapped by the drug lord, Mr. Ko.

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Billy Wong
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Danny Garoni
Sandy Alexander ...
Gang Leader
Victor Arnold ...
Police Captain
Kim Bass ...
Stan Jones
Irene Britto ...
Masseuse #1
Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus ...
Jesse Alexander
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Helicopter Pilot
Roy Chiao ...
Mr. Ko
Richard Clarke ...
Superintendant Whitehead
Patrick James Clarke ...
Michael Alexander
Ron Dandrea ...
Martin Shapiro
Valerie De Pena ...
Punk Woman
Saun Ellis ...
Laura Shapiro
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Billy Wong is a New York City cop whose partner is gunned down during a robbery. Billy and his new partner, Danny Garoni, are working security at a fashion show when a wealthy man's daughter, Laura Shapiro, is kidnapped. The Federal authorities suspect that Laura's father is involved with Mr. Ko, a Hong Kong drug kingpin, so the NYC police commissioner sends the two cops to Hong Kong to investigate. Once in Hong Kong, the pair causes no end of trouble for both Mr. Ko and the local authorities. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Now, New York has a new weapon - A cop with his own way of fighting crime

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The HK Version of the film, cuts much of the random nudity from the U.S Version of the imovie and tones down certain gore elements while adding more martial arts action including major re-shoots and re-edits of the final fight scene, plus a whole new subplot featuring Sally Yeh from The Killer (1989), and an additional fight scene that has Bill Wallace fighting veteran Shaw Brother's villain Hoi-shan Lee on the Hong Kong waterfront. See more »

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As the bad guy drives away in the stolen boat near the beginning of the movie, the stunt driver is visible in the cabin below. See more »

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Billy Wong: [to the Hong Kong police chief] Discretion is my middle name, sir.
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Night Wind
Courtesy of WEA Records
Composed by James Wong
Performed by Sally Yeh
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Not as bad as many claim, but it's easy to see why Chan hates it
16 January 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Protector was another failed attempt to launch Jackie Chan as a star in the USA after The Big Brawl/Battle Creek Brawl failed to do the trick, and it's all too easy to see why this was even more unsuccessful. For the most part ignoring Chan's comic and acrobatic abilities, it simply partners him with Danny Aiello and plants him in the middle of a conventional buddy cop movie set in New York and Hong Kong where they get involved in tracking down the kidnapped daughter of a heroin smuggling kingpin. It's not terrible but it's the kind of film that could have starred absolutely anyone in Chan's role, so little use does it make of his talents, while James Glickenhaus' rather workmanlike direction pushes the plot along efficiently enough without it ever really threatening to catch fire. Even one spectacular chase around Kowloon Harbour that should be a highlight turns into a bit of damp squib because of lethargic pacing and editing. It's certainly watchable if you're in an undemanding mood, but it never really pushes the envelope. Still, it did inspire Chan to show how he thought a modern day cop movie should be done with Police Story.

Chan was so displeased with the film that for the Hong Kong version he directed several new scenes and re-edited the film, adding more and much better fight scenes that played to his strengths, losing the odd bit of nudity and throwing in a car chase as well as a new subplot, improving the film no end. Unfortunately, this is not the version that Hong Kong Legends chose to release on their UK DVD, which contains the disappointing US version with no deleted or additional scenes (the only extra is an audio commentary by Andrew Staton). It's not a terrible film, but you're much better off tracking down the Hong Kong Region 0 DVD which includes Chan's cut with English subtitles.


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