5.7/10
3,247
30 user 28 critic

The Protector (1985)

Trailer
0:46 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $7.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writers:

, (Hong Kong version)
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Long de xin (1985)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Story of a cop who forsakes his dreams of sailing around the world so that he can care for his mentally disabled brother. Innocently caught up in a gangland fight, the brother is kidnapped ... See full summary »

Directors: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Fruit Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Emily Chu
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two Hong-Kong cops are sent to Tokyo to catch an ex-cop who stole a large amount of money in diamonds. After one is captured by the Ninja-gang protecting the rogue cop, the other one gets ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Charlie Chin, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A police informant sent a letter containing sensitive information on an illegal drug operation to his friend, Yi-Ching. While on vacation in Thailand, the informant is assassinated by the ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Richard Ng, Eric Tsang
Huo shao dao (1990)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A cop goes undercover to infiltrate a deadly prison where a team of mercernaries is being assembled.

Director: Yen-Ping Chu
Stars: Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Fresh from prison, five friends try to stay crime free but inadvertently find themselves caught in a Triad war.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Jackie Chan, John Sham
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A goofy student is taught a lost martial art style by five ghosts.

Director: Wei Lo
Stars: Jackie Chan, Chih-Ping Chiang, Hsiu-yi Fang
Project A 2 (1987)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Dragon is now transferred to be the police head of Sai Wan district, and has to contend with a gangster kingpin, anti-Manchu revolutionaries, some runaway pirates, Manchu Loyalists and a corrupt police superintendent.

Director: Jackie Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Rosamund Kwan
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three successful Hong Kong lawyers are hired by a chemical company of questionable ethics and must eventually make a difficult decision when their employer's motives become clear.

Directors: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Corey Yuen
Stars: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen
Long quan (1979)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A dishonored student of the Dragon Fist Sect seeks revenge for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo
Stars: Jackie Chan, Nora Miao, James Tien
Dragon Strike (1982)
Action | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The adventures of a restless martial arts student called Dragon, who, while constantly pursuing a girl, gets involved in the affairs of a gang of thieves.

Director: Jackie Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Mars, Michael Wai-Man Chan
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jackie witnesses his father's death by the skilled hands of a martial arts master with an unknown killing technique. Jackie vows to become a Shaolin monk and avenge his death (not very ... See full summary »

Director: Chi-Hwa Chen
Stars: Jackie Chan, Chung-Erh Lung, Kang Chin
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jackie Chan and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang
Stars: Jackie Chan, Alan Tam, Rosamund Kwan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Sandy Alexander ...
Gang Leader
...
Kim Bass ...
Stan Jones
Irene Britto ...
Masseuse #1
...
Jesse Alexander
...
Helicopter Pilot
...
Richard Clarke ...
Superintendant Whitehead
Patrick James Clarke ...
Michael Alexander
Ron Dandrea ...
Martin Shapiro
Valerie De Pena ...
Punk Woman
Saun Ellis ...
Laura Shapiro
...
Man in Bar
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Protector  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$341,076, 25 August 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$981,817
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(US version)| (Hong Kong version)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was part of a $50 million slate of film production from Golden Harvest studios aimed at breaking into the Western market. Other movies included High Road to China (1983), Blade Runner (1982) and Megaforce (1982). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Danny Garoni: [seeing the sniper and asking for the portable cannon] Give me that fucking thing! Give it to me, come on!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Jackie Chan: My Story (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Night Wind
Courtesy of WEA Records
Composed by James Wong
Performed by Sally Yeh
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Ruined by dumb American executives
23 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Jackie Chan had no control of this movie (at least the American version). The director somehow thought that Jackie would come across better to audiences as a Dirty Harry cop! Didn't he realize that Chan is popular because of his stunts and kung-fu action? Apparently not, because in an interview years later, the director said he didn't regret his decision and kept claiming that Americans wouldn't accept Chan's Asian style.

Back in Hong Kong, Chan re-shot the movie extensively, adding car chases and kung fu action. He also edited out a lot of the American director's idiotic stuff. That version is supposed to be quite good. This American version? It's AWFUL! You'd never guess what Chan is capable of by just watching this movie. The action scenes here are *dull*. Yes, *dull*.

By the way, Chan next did POLICE STORY, as a "take that!" to that American director (James Glickenhaus, who hasn't done much lately. Hmm...wonder why....). See that movie instead of this!


11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

'Game Night' Star Jesse Plemons on Playing Creepy

"The IMDb Show" gets weird with Game Night and "Black Mirror" star Jesse Plemons and learns what it's like to work with the legendary director Martin Scorsese.

Watch now