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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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1 nomination. See more awards »

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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
Ju Fang ... House Maid
Sam Kai-Sen Huang ... Wong's Brother
Hak-Shing Keung Hak-Shing Keung ... Assassin in Shopping Center
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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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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

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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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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User Reviews

 
A Good Jet Li Movie--Action and Romance
5 January 2000 | by jellibean88See all my reviews

Bodyguard from Beijing is a HK remake of Hollywood's The Bodyguard starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. But HK's version is quite different and a whole lot better. First of all, the relationship between the two stars of the movie (Jet Li and Christy Chung) has more tension and is more believable. And the action is incomparable. The shopping mall scene and especially the end fighting scene are simply too awesome to describe. You have to see it for yourself. Albeit the fact that there are some melodramatic scenes, this movie is a must for any Jet Li fan or wushu/action fan.


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