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Jet Li's The Enforcer (Gei ba ba de xin) (1995)
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Jet Li's The Enforcer
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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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
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.
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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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
does anyone know if this dvd is in chinese with english subtitles, or is it dubbed in english?Published on Oct. 8 2002
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 morePublished on April 2 2002
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 morePublished on Feb. 13 2001
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 morePublished on Feb. 5 2001 by Andrew Morris
This movie has a great story, and some awesome fight scenes. The problem with this is the terrible overdub audio. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 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). Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2000 by Dj M.O.D
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 morePublished on Aug. 25 2000 by AVR
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