Zhong Nan Hai bao biao (The Defender) (The Bodyguard from Beijing) (1994)
Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2
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Release Date: Dec 31, 1994 Wide
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 14,835
Director and martial arts choreographer Corey Yuen Kwai adapts the 1991 American hit The Bodyguard into a kung-fu flick starring Jet Li. After spoiled debutante Michelle Yeung (Christy Chung) witnesses a powerful businessman committing homicide, she realizes that her life is in grave danger. Her boyfriend Leung (Kent Cheng Chuk-see) hires a crack bodyguard named Hui Ching-yeung (Li). Stoic, compact, and commanding authority, Hui immediately rubs Michelle the wrong way. He forbids her from
Dec 31, 1994 Wide
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Li exudes enough magnetism to make the sexual banter with his fair damsel credible, and enough athletic prowess to simultaneously power this and several other vehicles.
The story is utterly predictable, but the action scenes are creative and Li exudes excitement every time the camera turns to him -- there is no wonder at all why Chung's character is willing to dump all her riches to be in his arms.
Was good as Bodyguard from Beijing
All this is made up for by the sheer visceral pleasure of Jet Li's charisma.
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