5.7/10
3,208
30 user 27 critic

The Protector (1985)

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

Watch Now

From $9.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

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
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
    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
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
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
Cung on zo (1993)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A special agent assigned to protect a wealthy business magnate. However, when the businessman is kidnapped in a daring ambush, he teams up with a seasoned detective to crack the case. But soon he discovers the case isn't that simple.

Directors: Kirk Wong, Jackie Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Kar-Ying Law
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 | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition.

Director: Robert Clouse
Stars: Jackie Chan, Kristine DeBell, José Ferrer
Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jackie Chan is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather who teaches him Kung-Fu. He keeps getting into fights, even though his grandfather warns him not to show their ... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, James Tien, Dean Shek
Qi ji (1989)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A country boy becomes the head of a gang through the purchase of some lucky roses from an old lady. He and a singer at the gang's nightclub try to do a good deed for the old lady when her daughter comes to visit.

Director: Jackie Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Ah-Lei Gua
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
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Sandy Alexander ...
Gang Leader
...
Police Captain
Kim Bass ...
Stan Jones
Irene Britto ...
Masseuse #1
...
Jesse Alexander
...
Helicopter Pilot
...
Mr. Ko
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

Billy Wong: [to his superior] He killed Michael, Captain!
See more »

Connections

References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

ONE UP FOR THE GOOD GUYS
Composed and Performed by Chip Taylor
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Can do much better.
23 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

After constantly reading and hearing nothing but negative opinions about the American produced, but also filmed in Hong Kong Jackie Chan vehicle 'The Protector'. It didn't sway me from checking it out. I'm no Jackie Chan fan, but honestly it was director James Glickenhaus' name which fed my interest. Best known for the 80s exploitative vigilante flick 'The Exterminator (1980)' and some entertaining action joints 'The Soldier (1982)' and 'Shakedown (1985). 'The Protector' does have the same vibe of his early efforts; gritty, brutal, rough and seamy. And I would call it lesser work. However the main talking point will always be how Glickenhaus used Jackie Chan. Yes, Chan is wasted in a role that would've been better suited for someone else (Norris comes to mind, as it has more in common with his stuff), as his martial arts abilities and amusing characteristics are never truly capitalized on. I'm so use to seeing him with that *wink, wink* attitude (Project A) and piling on those extravagantly energy-packed stunt work (Police Story). It's a different kettle, and very atypical. Here he looks uncomfortable throughout with that hardboiled edge. Just listen to his sober delivery of the dialogues. That endearing personality is kept in check. This performance seemed to ask more on dramatic acting, than his psychical and lively talent. He's pairing up with Danny Aiello (a loutish cop) couldn't be anymore disjointed and unbelievable. The chemistry never felt right, but with these problems I still was mesmerized. The rest of the performances (Bill Wallace, Roy Chiao) were indifferent. Look out for a short appearance by Mike Starr. While it didn't have the on-going rush I was expecting, Chan gets some furious and hard-hitting action sequences (like the opening slow-motion bloody shoot-out, tricky boat chase (one by water and the other by foot) and a marvellous sky-high balancing act). The film doesn't start off too badly, but when it hits Honk Kong. The copy and paste formula with its many predictable outcomes (involving the seedy crime underworld and the buddy style of two rogue cops) seems to plod along rather coldly. At least there's something enticing about the moody Hong Kong scenery, and ace cinematographer Mark Irwin's crisp moving camera-work is expansively fleshed-out. Effectively detailing the backdrop. Glickenhaus' direction is scratchy, but he knows how to set-up street style locations and infuse sleaze (especially the opportunities that arose to squeeze in nudity). It cops a lot shtick, but without the expectations it's a passable odd of sorts.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

'Star Wars' Creatures We Love

"The IMDb Show" breaks down the origins of some iconic Star Wars creatures. Plus, legendary sword choreographer Tim Weske explains the basics of lightsaber combat.

Watch now