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The Defender (1994) More at IMDbPro »Zhong Nan Hai bao biao (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Gordon Chan (screenplay)
Kin Chung Chan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 July 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Only One Man Stands Between The Assassin And His Target!
Plot:
A corrupt businessman commits a murder and the only witness is the girlfriend of another businessman with close connections to the Chinese government... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The name is Chang, John Chang. See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jet Li ... Allan Hui Ching Yeung / John Chang

Christy Chung ... Michelle Yeung
Kent Cheng ... Charlie Leung Kam-Po

Collin Chou ... 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:
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

John DeMita ... John Chang (voice: English version)
Keith Ferguson ... (voice: English version)
Yue Fong ... House Maid
Joe Hanna ... (voice: English version)
Sam Kai-Sen Huang ... Wong's Brother
Hak-Shing Keung ... Assassin in Shopping Center
Mao-ding Kong ... Assassin

Tom Konkle ... Various (voice: English version)
Gong Lam ... Assassin in Opening Scene
Chi Kit Lee ... Assassin
Gary Wing-Lun Mak ... Assassin in Shopping Center
Shu-San Mak ... Guard at Mortuary
Michael Miller ... Assassin in Opening Scene

Jennifer Paz ... Michelle Yeung (voice: English version)

Arianna Ratner ... (voice: English version)

Dean Scofield ... (voice: English version)
Michael Sorich ... (voice: English version)

Fred Tatasciore ... (voice: English version)
Chi-Keung Wong ... Man in Shopping Center
Kam-Kong Wong ... Chiu Kwok-Man
Wah-Woh Wong ... Coroner
Corey Yuen ... Shopper in Mall

Directed by
Corey Yuen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gordon Chan  screenplay
Kin Chung Chan  screenplay
Jack Maeby  english adaptation

Produced by
Julia Chu .... associate producer
Jet Li .... producer (as Li Yang Chung)
 
Original Music by
Nicholas Rivera (USA version) (as Nicolás Rivera)
Wai Lap Wu 
 
Cinematography by
Moon-Tong Lau  (as Tom Lau)
 
Film Editing by
Angie Lam 
 
Art Direction by
Jason Mok 
 
Costume Design by
Shirley Chan 
 
Makeup Department
Yun-Ling Man .... makeup artist
Siu-mui Ng .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Julia Chu .... production supervisor
Bo-Chu Chui .... executive in charge of production
Helen Li .... production manager
Wai Sum Shia .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Hon .... assistant director
Kai Keung Lai .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Raymond Kwok .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... sound editor
Todd Beckett .... re-recording mixer
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor (1999 English soundtrack)
Ming Yang Chen .... dubbing editor: mandarin
Siu-Lung Ching .... sound effects
Shao Lung Chou .... sound re-recordist
Michael J. Fox .... sound editor
Michael Jonascu .... sound editor (as Mike Jonascu)
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Hung Lu .... dubbing editor: cantonese
Jack Maeby .... adr director
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley assistant
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer (as Ron Mellegers)
Colin Rogers .... adr mixer (1999 English soundtrack)
Hari Ryatt .... adr supervisor
Andrew Tay .... foley mixer
Kurt Thum .... sound editor
Todd Warren .... re-recording mixer
Cary West .... adr recordist
 
Stunts
Sek Chan .... assistant stunt coordinator
Sam Kai-Sen Huang .... assistant stunt coordinator
Mao-ding Kong .... assistant stunt coordinator
Corey Yuen .... action coordinator
Tak Yuen .... action coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chi-chiu Chak .... electrician
Hon-Wing Chan .... electrician
Wai-Nin Chan .... first assistant camera
Wai-Nin Chan .... lighting technician
Ka-Wo Cheung .... second assistant camera
Yuen Man Fung .... camera operator
Chan-Ming Wong .... electrician
Wing-Chi Wong .... assistant lighting
Chi-tim Yeung .... electrician
Edwin Yuen .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cindy Fong-Tai Cheung .... wardrobe assistant
Lai-Fung Tai .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
David B. Baron .... editorial consultant (2000 English version)
Ji-Chun Chan .... post-production coordinator (as David Chan)
Angie Lam .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Xi Lin .... lyricist
Linda Wong .... theme vocals
Wai Lap Wu .... composer: theme music (as William Wu)
 
Other crew
Sin-Kun Chan .... production assistant
Bo-Chu Chui .... controller
Kwok-hing Fan .... automation
Tomcat Ho .... script supervisor
Norm Hvam .... main title graphics: english version
Bo Ka .... caterer
Angie Lam .... post production adviser
Kwan-Lok Leung .... continuity assistant
Hing-fat Luk .... automation
Kwok-kei Ng .... automation
Jen-ming Wong .... story editor
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zhong Nan Hai bao biao" - Hong Kong (original title)
"The Bodyguard from Beijing" - Hong Kong (English title), USA (imdb display title)
"Target Blue" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence
Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Bey Logan on his commentary of the dragon dynasty release of "The Enforcer", he mentioned that this film would be on DVD on the dragon dynasty label, it finally saw a release as part of a five film DVD collection in 2015.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Billy Yeung:[John didn't get anything for Michelle's birthday] You should have gotten her flowers, she loves flowers.
Allan Hui Ching-yeung:Yes. But what happens to a flower when you pick it? It loses it's life.
Billy Yeung:[a man comes in with a huge bouquet of flowers for Michelle from her boyfriend] Now all you have is a bunch of dead bodies.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The name is Chang, John Chang., 29 October 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

John Chang is sent from Bejing to protect the only witness to a murder, Michelle Yeung. However, as the two get in deeper and deeper into the fight for survival, they start to get feelings that could spell doom for the both of them.

Jet Li was some 4 years away from becoming a world star as opposed to his standing in Asia, his pre American efforts are a highly mixed bunch. Here with The Defender we find Li oozing cool and delighting in the art of chop sockery and intricate gun play, but strip away the action and we are left with a pretty empty film. It's a standard fable of bodyguard protects pretty girl (the delicious Christy Chung) and after the initial resentments subside, we find our duo falling in too deep and putting all at risk within their world. However, the action (the point of these pictures as we know) delivers royally, particularly in the last quarter where the ante goes thru the roof and the testo level follows it, it's here where Li and the rest of the grafters earn their respective corn. The finale sequences alone make this picture worth your while, whilst you will rarely see a skateboard and a torch be so intricately and funnily used at the same time!

Instantly forgettable outside of the action set pieces, it still manages to be an entertaining watch for the action junkies amongst us. 5.5/10

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