Zhong Nan Hai bao biao (1994)
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- The Defender
- 92 min.
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The Defender, AKA The Bodyguard from Beijing, is a Jet Li vehicle directed by Corey Yuen, who can't help but shoot it in a vivacious way. But it's definitely in the shadow of Jackie Chan's police stories, with comedy performances, fights at the mall, and Jet playing a cop from the mainland in Hong Kong. He's there to protect a valuable witness, one that invariably falls in love with him. Bully for her, he's playing his traditional chaste monk persona (in a blazer). There's also an annoying kid, if that's an issue for you, and the music and sound design are pretty cheesy. Considering the strange editing, I would tend to blame the American "revised" edit for at least some of the problems. Question is: Is it a good action movie? Well, it's entertaining enough, but gun fu isn't Jet Li's greatest strength. He uses a lot of nice movement in those sequences, so it's not too bad, but you might get impatient for some hand-to-hand fighting, which finally happens in the climax. It's a very good fight too, tense, ferocious and imaginative. Too bad what precedes it is only okay.
Hokey crap, apart from the final fight, which is only good when there's actual fighting going on
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