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Jet Li the Enforcer

Jet Li , Anita Mui , Corey Yuen    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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The amazing Jet Li plays a cop whose job keeps him from attending his son's junior kung fu competitions. When sent undercover to infiltrate the gang of a brutal mob boss, his arrest--part of his cover story--exposes his son to humiliation in school. Meanwhile, his wife falls deeper into illness. The Enforcer is a classic Hong Kong blend of dazzling kung fu action and outrageously sentimental subplots. Yet as silly as some situations may seem (and let's be honest, they aren't any more ridiculous than your average Sly Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger movie), they're never boring, and when the spectacular fights begin it doesn't matter--Jet Li's stunning skill and natural charisma make him magnetic. Anita Mui, costarring as a police detective tracking Li down, gets to do her share of fighting as well. In the finale, father and son team up for a battle as funny as it is spectacular. If you only know Jet Li from Lethal Weapon 4, you owe it to yourself to check out his authentic Hong Kong work, where the stunts are jaw-dropping and the special effects, while not always perfectly realistic, are bursts of pure imagination. --Bret Fetzer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to forget June 6 2004
Another Miramax chopped up version of a Hong Kong film. The story is half decent, and the action exceptable, but this movie is not hard to forget.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dimension destroy another mediocre release March 25 2003
This is a terrible release of a terrible movie!
For those fans who have watched Jet's movie career go from the sensational Shaolin Temple and Once Upon a Time in China series, it was this movie (along with the Defender) that marked the beginning in Jet's dramatic decline.
This movie is actually called My Father is a Hero, it has been dubbed and cut for American audiences. It is no wonder that many martial arts films are considered plotless and characterless when the US distributors cut them so only action is left!!
The martial arts action is way below par, the kid is more annoying than Macauley Kulkin, and the bad guy's include Ngai Sing, Ken Lo and Yu Rong Guang! These are some great martial artists and the encounter with Jet should have been breath-taking, but there are too many wires and it's a limp finale overall.
buy the asian import of My Father is a Hero, rather than support these butchered US releases. Or even better buy Jet's classic movies (most things pre-1994) + and the Hong kong edition of Fist of Legend
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This movie was ok, but da dubbing ..., and thanx alot to "Dimension Home Video" they re did da sound effects of da movie and it was capital B "BAD". Trust me, if u wanna get dis movie on VHS or DVD, get da orginal one "My Father Is A Hero", itz in itz original language (since I never saw da original, I think da original language is Cantonese, either dat or Mandarin) and da sound effects have gotta be better. I saw da dubbed version of "Once Apon A Time In China" and compared to da original version (Cantonese) I saw da original is WAY better
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange acting, weird plot, good action Feb. 13 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a very odd story and is hard to follow. Jet Li plays an undercover agent (police of some kind) who is assigned to infiltrate an organized crime gang headed by a ruthless martial arts master who is played by one of the worst actors I've ever seen. He is excellent in the fight scenes though and quite often surpasses Jet Li's skill.
Jet Li's young son is also a junior kung fu master and longs for his father's return home from frequent trips. His mother has become very sick recently though, and this only makes it worse.
This movie is worth seeing for the fantastic fight scenes, but the plot is too odd to even consider.
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3.0 out of 5 stars overdubs sucked, movie was great Feb. 5 2001
Format:VHS Tape
the only overdub that i really bothered me was the guy who overdubbed jet, who sounded like a super hero or something. but, otherwise, i thought it was a great movie. of course not his best, but i felt it was better than romeo must die. true, the action scenes are far and few, but they are all great, especially the big one on the boat when he has batons and then his kid comes... that scene was so great. a few of the overdubs sounded out of place, for instance if the lead villian said "run him over" and the truck driver calmy says "oh ok, i will", that actually made me laugh. all in all, good movie, but if you are into the fighting more than the story, stick with fist of legend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrible overdub, excellent movie Nov. 28 2000
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This movie has a great story, and some awesome fight scenes. The problem with this is the terrible overdub audio. The mouth movement is obviously not in synch with the audio, but this is not too bad. The terrible part is that they picked horrible voices for this. The audio sounds like a cartoon with a super hero and a villan. They could have done way better. The audio sounds really corny and fake. The movie itself is awesome. I would much rather hear the audio in a different language and see the subtitles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It Was Alright......Lacked Action and Storyline Oct. 30 2000
Wow, the only good part of the movie was Jet Li and the kid that played his son in the movie (sorry cannot recall name). It had a few good action scenes but if you are looking for a good action movie by Jet Li check out Fist of Legen or Twin Warriors. Those are my two favorite Jet Li movies and they are a must see for every martial arts fan. Good try Jet, but stick with the good scripts and you'll get a better critique next time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie...... Aug. 25 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I have seen this movie several times in Chinese and English. The translation is different in both. The Chinese actually makes everything more clear (I know the translaters have to consider the mouth movements.....so understood).
The sentimentality, in my humble opinion is good (although acting it out seems difficult for Xie Mao in one spot). I don't really care for "tear jerker" movies, but if you love your family (something I think is dying out), it is very believable!
The fighting action is awesome! And I have to say I believe Jet Li has the true ability to portray feelings perfectly.
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