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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Dimension destroy another mediocre release March 25 2003
Format:DVD
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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Format:DVD
I remember when I first saw this movie (subtitled) and I really enjoyed it a lot. I really enjoy Jet Li films but since I already have the movie, why would I buy this version? Well, due to Jet Li's popularity, I wanted to see what Dimension Films had up their sleeve. I just had to checked out how a dubbed Jet Li movie would be. Now, all I can say to Dimension is... Please add the original language version with English subtitles.
The first strike was the lack of features and the second major strike is the lack of the HK soundtrack and only released dubbed. Sure, I could buy the Tai Seng version but this was upsetting because I am not a big dubbed fan but then again, I have seen a few good dubs in my life and possibly, this movie might be one of them....wrong.
This really cool movie was replaced by horrendous dubbing, a bad transfer where you can see the film scratches and the DVD has no major extras. I'm just lucky to hear the 5.1 surround.
I could still watch through the movie and enjoy it but I like the movie and the storyline. Why they changed the name to "The Enforcer", I don't know. Maybe they felt, "My Father, The Hero" was weak...not sure.
So, if you had to buy a certain version, spend a little more for the Tai Seng version of this movie. This movie deserves to be watched in its original Chinese language and if you can't understand it, watch it with English subtitles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching but not worth buying June 2 2000
Format:DVD
I saw this movie as "My Father is a Hero" and I loved it the first time. The interaction between Jet Li and the kid (also in New Legend of Shaolin) is one of the cornerstones of the appeal. Swinging the kid around so he can bash people in the heads is cool. Both Jet Li and the kid (I know he's got a real name, but I forgot it) are amazingly talented martial artists and they have a style unsurpassed by other Hong Kong actors.
Unfortunately I saw this movie a second time and all the scenes that I was overlooking while waiting for the action, I just couldn't overlook them. There is the mother who spends half the movie dying (but you don't care), Anita Mui's lackluster performance and a lot of irritating garbage to get through before you get to the final fight scene. There's also that Hong Kong sleek vs. China Dowdy dichotomy that obsessed Hong Kong filmmakers in the decade before unification.
So I can recommend wathcing this movie once, but if you watch it a second time, you'll be disappointed. Not many Hong Kong movies hold up on a second viewing but there are Jet Li ones that do including Fist of Legend, Swordsman II and The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Improved for North America? May 20 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Is there a good reason for not including the original audio track on a DVD release? I like this movie. I have an old, subtitled, VHS copy that I have watched more than a few times. I was pleasantly surprised when I read the film's description and recognized it in spite of the oh-so-cheesy name change(My Father is a Hero to The Enforcer! ). It can be hard to read some of the subtitling done for many Chinese films; the white writing over a white background can makes a third of the movie impossible to decipher. Perhaps now I would catch all of the dialogue in this newly remastered DVD edition. But I was a bit let down by the new score and the voice "acting". I'm sure they had some space left on that disc, but if Dimension owns the rights, I'm not sure where I'm going to find a region 1 version of the original. I'm not saying Dimension shouldn't try to market it. The more people they manage to hook the better. But after people have already bought the mass market version, why not give them a chance to see the real movie too?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough Jet Li March 28 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I will give this movie credit for the fact that there is very little use of wires and other such assists in the fight scenes,but besides from that I think it lacks one major thing,scenes for Jet Li!The story is fair and somewhat touching,but if you want to see lots of Jet Li fight scenes then buy "Fist of Legend".This movie plods along with too many side storys,and a kid that is sugary sweet and cute to the point of being a danger to diabetics!I must say that Jets character sure recovers from greiving the loss of his beloved wife quite quickly,and ends up with the police woman who has been thorn in his side through the whole movie.I think that this could have been a good movie if they had tightened up the story a little more and gave jet alot more screen time.But as it is,I would rather watch "Fist of Legend" again before sitting through this one again.Sorry Jet!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to forget
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.
Published on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
5.0 out of 5 stars question..
does anyone know if this dvd is in chinese with english subtitles, or is it dubbed in english?
Published on Oct. 8 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars American version ok, da original chinese version much better
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". Read more
Published on April 2 2002 by "vietpryde4life17"
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange acting, weird plot, good action
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2001 by "maitreg"
3.0 out of 5 stars overdubs sucked, movie was great
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2001 by Andrew Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrible overdub, excellent movie
This movie has a great story, and some awesome fight scenes. The problem with this is the terrible overdub audio. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars It Was Alright......Lacked Action and Storyline
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). Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2000 by Dj M.O.D
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie......
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2000 by AVR
3.0 out of 5 stars good movie, should get subtitled version tho
this is a good movie similar a bit to Hitman. it is packed of action and more! u should get the subtitled version "My Father is a Hero". Read more
Published on July 30 2000 by wunko
2.0 out of 5 stars The killing of a stuffed animal and the murder of a movie
My brain is still trying to fathom what my eyes have just seen. I usually enjoy this kind of action movie and I can appreciate it's style, but this is ridiculous. Read more
Published on June 27 2000
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