MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,713 this week

The Defender (1994)
"Zhong Nan Hai bao biao" (original title)

6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 3,072 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 12 critic

A corrupt businessman commits a murder and the only witness is the girlfriend of another businessman with close connections to the Chinese government, so a bodyguard from Beijing is ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 07 Jun 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 19 Dec 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 04 Aug 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Defender (1994)

The Defender (1994) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Defender.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Master (1989)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny, who wants nothing more than to kill his old master to show everyone who... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Wah Yuen, Crystal Kwok
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, ... See full summary »

Director: Hsin-yen Chang
Stars: Jet Li, Lan Ding, Jianqiang Hu
The Enforcer (1995)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An undercover cop struggling to provide for his son and ailing wife, must infiltrate a ruthless gang. But things turn sour when another cop blows his cover and he quickly finds himself battling for his life and the lives of his family.

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Anita Mui, Mo Tse
Dragon Fight (1989)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two martial artist friends from China are performing a show in the States. Trouble starts when one of them decides to defect and stay in America.

Director: Hin Sing 'Billy' Tang
Stars: Jet Li, Dick Wei, Nina Li Chi
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Jet Li, Jianqiang Hu, Qiuyan Huang
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A serial adventure writer with problems in his personal life lives out the adventures of his literary hero, King of Adventurers.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Thunderbolt (1995)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In order to release his kidnapped sister, sports car mechanic Jackie Chan has to beat a super-criminal street racer.

Director: Gordon Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Anita Yuen, Michael Wong
Dragon Inn (1992)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this acclaimed production tells the story of a power hungry eunuch who employs an evil sect ... See full summary »

Directors: Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.

Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans
Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Yip Man's resistance against invading foreigners, along with his romantic relations while under the tutelage of three Wing Chun masters.

Director: Herman Yau
Stars: Yu-Hang To, Huang Yi, Biao Yuen
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Director: Simon West
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Allan Hui Ching Yeung / John Chang
Christy Chung ...
Michelle Yeung
Kent Cheng ...
Charlie Leung Kam-Po
...
Wong (as Sing Ngai)
Wing-Chung Leung ...
Ken
Wai-Kwok Ng ...
James Shong Sai-cheung
Wai-lim Chu ...
Billy Yeung (as William Chu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Tai Chan
Sek Chan
Chun Hung Cheung
Kwai-Bo Chun
...
(voice)
Keith Ferguson ...
(voice)
Yue Fong
Joe Hanna ...
(voice)
Edit

Storyline

A corrupt businessman commits a murder and the only witness is the girlfriend of another businessman with close connections to the Chinese government, so a bodyguard from Beijing is dispatched to help two Hong Kong cops protect the witness. Complications arise when the bodyguard and the witness must confront their deep feelings for one another. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

28 July 1994 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

The Defender  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Just about everything during the end kitchen fight scene has a continuity error, examples, the sink switches many positions, the bodies around the sink appear and disappear, covering mouth with sleeve, then hand when camera angle switches, and also position of the two as they are fighting throughout the room. See more »

Quotes

Michelle Yeung: You made me cry. It won't happen again!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
There's something spoiling this movie...
4 September 2004 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

The first thing you will notice about this Hong Kong version of 'The Bodyguard' is the incredibly awful dubbing. I've seen badly dubbed films before, but never anything quite like this. It's so bad, in fact, that it almost seems like someone hired voice actors that were nothing like the actor that they were dubbing out of spite. Maybe the director, or Jet Li annoyed the man in charge of voice actor casting, and he thought he'd get his own back. Perhaps the director requested terrible dubbing to give the film a seemingly unintentional comedy element? Whatever the reason; the dubbing in this film is poor. Very poor indeed.

Incredibly awful dubbing aside (and it is awful, make no mistake), the film does feature some nice moments. The story follows that of a young girl who is one of three witnesses to a murder. The other two have been killed in "accidents", so the girl's rich boyfriend hires her a bodyguard (complete with terrible dubbing) to protect her. Naturally, the two gradually fall in love as the film progresses. As I said, despite it's awful dubbing; the film does feature some nice moments. One of which involves an assassin taking out several guards with a bayonet, another of which involves an awfully dubbed kid exchanging his pretend gun with a police officer's, with hilarious comedy consequences, and naturally for a Jet Li film; there's Kung Fu, and lots of it.

The film has a rather profound element of comedy entwined within it's plot. As you know, there's an unintentional element, which is a result of the undeniably poor dubbing, and there's also an intentional element, which mostly comes from the little kid and the fat police officer. The cast on display here is nothing to write home about, and they're all poorly dubbed too. Jet Li takes the lead role, and he does fine (but nowhere near as good as he would do eight years later in the sublime 'Ying Xiong').

As I said, the dubbing in this movie is awful. Really, really bad and it does go some way to spoiling the entire thing. It's so bad that it's almost farcical, and at times it's hard to keep a straight face; which does the movie no favours in the credibility department. However, luckily for Jet Li and co; this movie is entertaining enough to just beat the awful dubbing. It's not a great film, but it is good and I recommend it to anyone that just wants to be entertained for an hour and a half. Or for anyone that wants to see proof of why subtitles are better than dubbing.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The end... lima83@bol.com.br
American-like Thorpe89
In case of emergency.. Tsuyuko
Discuss The Defender (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?