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A.k.a.
The Defender
Year
1994
Runtime
92 min.
Director
Corey Yuen
Genre
Action
Rating *
6.4
Votes *
3,606
Checks
193
Favs
4
Dislikes
3
Favs/checks
2.1% (1:48)
Favs/dislikes
1:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    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. 1 year 1 month ago
  2. Armoreska's avatar

    Armoreska

    Hokey crap, apart from the final fight, which is only good when there's actual fighting going on 3 years 3 months ago
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