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The Defender (1994)

Zhong Nan Hai bao biao (original title)
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 »

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Allan Hui Ching Yeung / John Chang
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Michelle Yeung
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Charlie Leung Kam-Po
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Wong (as Sing Ngai)
Wing-Chung Leung ...
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James Shong Sai-cheung
Wai-Lim Chu ...
Billy Yeung (as William Chu)
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Adam Chung-Tai Chan ...
Assassin (as Chung-Tai Chan)
Sek Chan ...
Assassin
Chun Hung Cheung ...
Bodyguard in Opening Scene
Hin-Cheung Choi ...
Guard at Mortuary
Kwai-Bo Chun ...
Guard at Mortuary
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John Chang (voice)
Keith Ferguson ...
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Yue Fong ...
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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>

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Only One Man Stands Between The Assassin And His Target!

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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28 July 1994 (Hong Kong)  »

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The Bodyguard from Beijing  »

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Can be considered a loose Hong Kong remake of The Bodyguard (1992) starring Kevin Costner, as the two films share many similarities concerning some scenes and the development of the relationship between the two main characters, though key points of the plot in each film are different. See more »

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: I see. Thanks so much.
Chiu Kwok-Man: [puts a cigar in his mouth] Bye now.
Charlie Leung Kam-Po: [grunts after getting burnt in the forehead by the cigar] I could arrest you right here on the street!
Kwok-Man's Lawyer: Hey, on what charge?
Charlie Leung Kam-Po: I haven't made up my mind.
Kwok-Man's Lawyer: Then...
Charlie Leung Kam-Po: [bitterly] Bye, goodbye!
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An entertaining action film worth watching
13 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

*** stars out of ****

The Bodyguard from Beijing is an action thriller that mixes romance and humor. The plot is mainly a backdrop for some grand shootouts and martial arts sequences, but it does have some moments of characterization. The movie may not be as jaw dropping as some of Jackie Chan's films (or some of Li's other works) but it delivers the expected action and thrills. The film is basically about a bodyguard (Jet Li) who is hired to protect a beautiful woman (Christy Chung) after she witnessed a murder. Now, many people will stop at nothing to have her killed and Li has invoked the wrath of a dangerous ex-soldier whose brother Li killed.

I was surprised by the fact that there was more shootouts and gunplay than Li's usual kung fu, but the shootouts were quite thrilling and entertaining, particularly the mall sequence that almost gets a bit absurd in the amount of people carrying guns inside. For a while there (due to the amount of gunplay) I was expecting Chow-Yun Fat to just ram through a door and kill all the villains.

As for the acting, Jet Li is actually quite fun to watch in his transformation from a hardened bodyguard to a soft man falling in love. Christy Chung is decent though she's mostly relegated to the role of damsel in distress.

My main complaint about the movie was the how the gunshots looked in the film's final shootout. When the bullets hit the wall, they look more like cartoonish sparks than rough bullet impact. However, the great martial arts fight at the end more than made up for it. It's a great action sequence, as it involves Li and the dangerous ex-soldier kicking each other around while trying to get water from a faucet due to a gas leak.


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