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Defender (Widescreen) [Import]

Jet Li , Christy Chung , Corey Yuen    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Defender April 16 2002
I'm a martial art fan and was expecting a pure martial arts type of movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the versatile talents of Jet Li in this great entertaining movie. A movie with multifaceted action scenes and a touch of soft romance controlled by Li's typical strong sense of responsibilities. Both Jet Li and Christy Chung played their role superbly. It required great acting skills to exhibit both the stoical and annoying characters, and particularly to let the audience feel their strong chemistry for each other without even a physical touch. Jet looks great with his hair and his suit and played the role of a tough, impeccable and honorable bodyguard with a human heart. Christy is beautiful and played a progressing role from an upset woman for being overly protected to a woman in love who turned her back to catch the assasin's bullet to save her bodyguard. The movie is full of nuances that show the dramatic talent of Li as a director. In this movie, Jet Li has proved to the audience that an actor who is being stereotyped as a martial arts master can also excel in other types of movies such as romance and adventure. A great actor shoud be able to perform contrasting characters and out-of-the-ordinary roles. That's what art is all about. Jet Li successfully made the transition from martial arts to drama. He was a five-time Chinese national champion in wushu, a dramatic performance art that mixes martial arts forms with Peking Opera, gymnastics, and acrobatics. If you want to see Jet Li perform different roles other than those in the traditional martial arts movies, you ought to see this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "BODYGUARD FROM BEIJING" Dec 27 2001
Okay, first of all - "The Defender" is a very bad attempt to rename Jet's "Bodyguard From Beijing", directed and choreographed by Corey Yuen - only Hong Kong cinema's best kung-fu choreographer. He is most notable for the scenes he choregraphed in Jet Li's best kung-fu sequences in "New Legend of Shaolin". Corey Yuen (also known as Yuen Kwai) has also directed/choreographed "Warriors of Zu Mountain", "Fong Sai Yuk1&2", "Lethal Weapon 4", "Romeo Must Die", and "My Father Is A Hero."
Jet Li plays a bodyguard from China's top bodyguard-training city, who protects Christy Chung's character - the only remaining witness to a homicide case. This is one of Jet's few Hong Kong films with a modern setting. This is a very awesome kung-fu movie with some suspence, but more kung-fu scenes. Plot and characters are well-developed with mostly unexpected twists.
Directing, camera angles, intricate kung-fu choreography, and wonderful cast only manage to heighten the performance by Jet. Though the kung-fu choreography is not as intricate as in "New Legend of Shaolin", this is definitely a must-see.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good action but no more than that Dec 28 2000
I like Jet Li, but I didn't particularly care for this movie. First off, this is the most wooden I've ever seen Jet Li acting. Granted, his character was supposed to be one of those stone faced types who doesn't let his emotions show until he starts falling in love with the woman he's protecting. Unfortunately, even after he's supposed to be falling in love with her, he looks no less wooden. It's as if he were doing this movie against his better judgement, and just couldn't get into the role he was supposed to play. At least that's the way it seemed to me.
The plot line is fairly standard, a woman, along with two other witnesses, sees one man kill another, and then weeks before his trial, the other two witnesses are killed, and she narrowly avoids being killed herself, so her boyfriend hires a bodyguard to protect her. Enter Jet Li's character, who annoys the woman he's supposed to be protecting by violating her privacy, installing security cameras all over her house, including her bedroom. He annoys her, that is, until she stupidly goes out shopping against his recommendation, and he has to save her life from what looked like about twenty assassins who try to kill her at the mall. The action sequence here, and the big fight at the end, are the main reasons I gave this movie even as good a recommendation as I did. The rest of it is very subpar, but the action sequences are exciting, intense, and fast paced.
Some of the side characters in this movie went beyond my annoyance tolerance level. One of the cops only purpose was to serve as some sort of comedy relief, but unfortunately, he wasn't very funny, and didn't demonstrate any great effort on the side of the police to protect their only remaining witness to thii crime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Kevin Costner"? Who? Dec 19 2000
I really can't tell you anything that hasn't been said here by other enlightened reviewers, but I can add this: This is the only foreign movie I've ever seen that made sense. Let me explain, because I don't want it to sound like an insult to foreign movies. I love foreign movies, especially those of the Hong Kong market. Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-Fat, I can't get enough. But somehow, even in the smallest, unimportant way, something in all other foreign films didn't add up in the translation. Whether it was a line of dialogue, a plot point, or a joke, I could always expect to encounter something I didn't understand. But here, no jokes fall flat. The story makes sense. None of the characters seem out of place or odd. I don't know if it was in fact the translation, or if this movie simply translates well to english, but if you've been turned off to Hong Kong movies because they confuse you, give this one a try. I'd also like to mention that it has the classic bad-guy/ good guy equality that's missing in alot of movies. Most of the time our hero just kills/maims hordes of faceless goons, but sometimes we're treated to an interesting villain who holds his own against the hero. Good job.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good drama and action sequences
Even in a love movie Jet never fails to deliver. Sent from Beijing to protect the fiancee of a businessman, Jet gets straight to work by laying off the entire security staff. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
1.0 out of 5 stars Stop butchering the Hong Kong films
The film is Bodyguard From Beijing and not The Defender as Disney has renaimed it.
Published on March 29 2003 by christos kyriacopoulos
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Bodyguard from Beijing - Not The Enforcer
...P>This film was originally called The Bodyguard from Beijing. This film has been cut by 2 mins and has a dreadful dubbed audio instead of subtitles. Read more
Published on March 21 2003 by Drschrebling
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li In Action
This is an action packed Jet Li movie with a hint of romance and suspense. However this is not your regular martial arts flick but it delivers action with lots of gun play and... Read more
Published on Dec 18 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a good jet li movie
if you lik jet li and you love martial arts you should get this movie.
Published on Aug. 27 2001 by Game Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li's version of The Bodyguard
This Jet Li movie directed by Corey Yuen (or Yuen Kwei) is the Hong Kong version of Hollywood's The Bodyguard. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2001 by drexmo
1.0 out of 5 stars YAWN.........
wow this movie really sucked! dont' listen to the others if you are expecting a breathtaking movie with romance and action, believe me you will be very very angered by the... Read more
Published on March 11 2001 by mike
1.0 out of 5 stars I must have the abridged version
This is simply not worth viewing. Okay, maybe the last fight scene just for its fast action. The movie itself is exceedingly boring and silly. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2000 by M. Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a Re-Release of The Bodyguard from Beijing
Be aware that this video is a re-release of "The Bodyguard from Beijing". Don't buy it twice. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2000 by Clifford Ribaudo
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