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The Bodyguard from Beijing (1994)

Zhong Nan Hai bao biao (original title)
A corrupt businessman commits a murder and the only witness is the girlfriend of another businessman with close connections to the Chinese government, so a bodyguard from Beijing is ... See full summary »

Director:

Corey Yuen

Writers:

Gordon Chan (screenplay), Kin Chung Chan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jet Li ... Allan Hui Ching Yeung / John Chang
Christy Chung ... Michelle Yeung
Kent Cheng ... Charlie Leung Kam-Po
Collin Chou ... Wong (as Sing Ngai)
Wing-Chung Leung ... Ken
Wai-Kwok Ng Wai-Kwok Ng ... James Shong Sai-cheung
Wai-Lim Chu Wai-Lim Chu ... Billy Yeung (as William Chu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Chung-Tai Chan ... Assassin (as Chung-Tai Chan)
Stone Chan ... Assassin (as Sek Chan)
Chun Hung Cheung Chun Hung Cheung ... Bodyguard in Opening Scene
Hin-Cheung Choi ... Guard at Mortuary
Kwai-Bo Chun ... Guard at Mortuary
Ju Fang ... House Maid
Sam Kai-Sen Huang ... Wong's Brother
Hak-Shing Keung Hak-Shing Keung ... Assassin in Shopping Center
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Storyline

A corrupt businessman commits a murder and the only witness is the girlfriend of another businessman with close connections to the Chinese government, so a bodyguard from Beijing is dispatched to help two Hong Kong cops protect the witness. Complications arise when the bodyguard and the witness must confront their deep feelings for one another. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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Taglines:

Only One Man Stands Between The Assassin And His Target!

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

28 July 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bodyguard from Beijing See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Can be considered a loose Hong Kong remake of The Bodyguard (1992) starring Kevin Costner, as the two films share many similarities concerning some scenes and the development of the relationship between the two main characters, though key points of the plot in each film are different. See more »

Goofs

Just about everything during the end kitchen fight scene has a continuity error, examples, the sink switches many positions, the bodies around the sink appear and disappear, covering mouth with sleeve, then hand when camera angle switches, and also position of the two as they are fighting throughout the room. See more »

Quotes

Billy Yeung: [John didn't get anything for Michelle's birthday] You should have gotten her flowers, she loves flowers.
Allan Hui Ching-yeung: Yes. But what happens to a flower when you pick it? It loses it's life.
Billy Yeung: [a man comes in with a huge bouquet of flowers for Michelle from her boyfriend] Now all you have is a bunch of dead bodies.
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Alternate Versions

In the United States, the film is renamed "The Defender," with an English dub, a new score and some scenes shortened or cut. The dialogue is also slightly simplified to the original with some names altered. Some scenes of violence are cut for reasons unknown, as well as a sub-plot being eliminated from the story entirely. Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on VHS and non-anamorphic widescreen DVD. The film is re-released by Dragon Dynasty in the Dragon Dynasty Five Movie Collection, available in both Cantonese and English tracks, but has one scene eliminated. See more »

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User Reviews

 
An Excellent Movie
29 January 2013 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Hong Kong movie was hot in the late '80s, and into the '90s, and this is one of the movies from that era. The casting is unusual, and so is the plot. Jet Li, wasn't all that well known at the time, and this was Miss Chinese International 1992 Christy Chung's first big role ( I actually liked the miss Chinese International 92 runner up more than Christy, and she would have been perfect for this role ).

Jet Li's star was on the rise starting around the time this movie was made, and he starts getting noticed in the US around this time also. Simon Yam was briefly wooing Christy shortly after this movie was made. Simon of course had many other options as he was one of the most eligible bachelor in Hong Kong.

The movie's title is almost verbatim fact as Jet was from China, and Christy was from Canada. The unusual mixture of the two culture shows in the mood of these two actors. The plot is also unusual in that an operative from China protects a rich capitalist girl. The movie's background looks more modern than the present day Hong Kong. Hong Kong seems to have slid backwards in culture since its repatriation. This is evident when you see this movie.

So this is an interesting movie, and the producers at Dimension Film did a really good job of capturing the character of Li, and Chung, and incorporating them into the story. Jet Li is like an unstoppable terminator in this movie, and it correctly highlights his skills, and power.

This is an excellent movie, and is worth a watch if you're a Hong Kong movie fan.


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