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The Bodyguard from Beijing (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 »

Director:

Corey Yuen

Writers:

Gordon Chan (screenplay), Kin Chung Chan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 Wai-Kwok Ng ... James Shong Sai-cheung
Wai-Lim Chu Wai-Lim Chu ... Billy Yeung (as William Chu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Chung-Tai Chan ... Assassin (as Chung-Tai Chan)
Stone Chan ... Assassin (as Sek Chan)
Chun Hung Cheung Chun Hung Cheung ... Bodyguard in Opening Scene
Hin-Cheung Choi ... Guard at Mortuary
Kwai-Bo Chun ... Guard at Mortuary
John DeMita ... John Chang (voice)
Ju Fang ... House Maid
Keith Ferguson Keith Ferguson ... (voice)
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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>

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Taglines:

Only One Man Stands Between The Assassin And His Target!

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

28 July 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bodyguard from Beijing See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Alternate Versions

In the United States, the film is renamed "The Defender," with an English dub, a new score and some scenes shortened or cut. The dialogue is also slightly simplified to the original with some names altered. Some scenes of violence are cut for reasons unknown, as well as a sub-plot being eliminated from the story entirely. Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on VHS and non-anamorphic widescreen DVD. The film is re-released by Dragon Dynasty in the Dragon Dynasty Five Movie Collection, available in both Cantonese and English tracks, but has one scene eliminated. See more »

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Fun an exciting
16 November 2004 | by nauti_gerSee all my reviews

This is most commonly noted to be a HK version of 'THe bodyguard' by Kevin Costner, so generally the plot is the same, bodyguard protects rich missus. I think what makes this more entertaining has to be Jet Li himself, who I am a personal fan of. Here he exudes silent charm and charisma that makes his character very 'cool

and aloof at the same time. In the first half of the show, Christy's character hates him, not surprisingly since he is such a pain in her a**. But later on we see the softer side of him when he begins to like Christy's character too. He's character is very shy and uncertain when it comes to dealing with romance, a far cry from the confident and arrogant nature when it comes to his job. Jet Li plays the contrasting natures of the character with ease, you almost feel quite tickled watching Christy's character flirt with him. Overall, not a brilliant show, plot not original at all, but with the entertaining supporting casts as well as Jet Li's presence, makes the show a highly enjoyable one.


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