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The Defender [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jet Li, Christy Chun, Kent Cheng
  • Directors: Corey Yuen
  • Producers: Jet Li
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634C9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Hong Kong action hero Jet Li returns in another action film about love, loyalty and betrayal. Li is a highly trained bodyguard hired by a successful businessman to protect his girlfriend after she witnesses a murder. But Li and the girlfriend soon fall for each other, and when he kills the brother of one of the assassins he must now protect himself as well.

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The Defender sees Hong Kong martial arts master Jet Li playing a bodyguard from the Beijing secret police, sent to Hong Kong to protect a beautiful young witness to a mob killing, played by Christy Chung. Li turns her home into a high-security prison, complete with video cameras surveying every room, even her bedroom. Furious, Chung resists his efforts to protect her--until the threat to her life is made abundantly clear in a spectacular shopping mall shootout. As is natural under such circumstances, romance begins to bloom, much to the dismay of Chung’s lawyer boyfriend, who hired Li in the first place.

Made in the last few years before Hong Kong was returned to the rule of mainland China, The Defender makes many (possibly anxious) jokes about the differences between the austere Communist bodyguard and the lackadaisical HK police. Li’s character is so stone-faced that his usual boyish charm is repressed, and the movie emphasises gunplay over acrobatic kung fu action, but there are still kicks galore and the usual Hong Kong combination of spectacular violence and outrageous sentimentality--all captured in stylish, glossy cinematography. And how often do you get to see Venetian blinds used as an offensive weapon?--Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2002
Format: DVD
This film was definitely a pleasant surprise. Jet Li's Defender is not simply 90 minutes of Kung Fu action but instead it's a gripping, quality suspense thriller. If you thought all Jet Li could ever do was fight, then this film will certainly raise your expectations in him as an actor. The whole story is basically about Jet Li working as a bodyguard hired to protect a young woman whose life is in danger and the relationship that develops. Jet Li is fantastic - he delivers a very moody and believable performance throughout the whole film. As always the English dubbing ruins it a little - it's a little cheesy too at times but you'll not mind. If you're a Jet Li fan then this film is a must but be aware that most action scenes are filled with pistols rather than fists of fury...(apart from an amazing fight scene at the end of film). Think of it more like a Die Hard type of film - with Jet Li. Great Stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
If you are a dedicated fan of Jet Li and want to catch all of his early work then I can see that you would enjoy this movie. It's not all bad.
But if you are more familiar with the hybrid form of East/West martial films of more recent years, and like Jet Li's movies of the past few years, then you probably won't enjoy this so much. It follows a very similar story to the Hollywood 'The Bodyguard', with Li in the Kevin Costner role! There are a few decent action sequences (more Jackie Chan than 'Crouching Tiger') but the majority of the film is marked out by a wooden performance from Li, an over the top gasping-and-squeaking display from the female lead, and a seriously daft array of incompetant assassins.
There is a decent villan, who is suitably evil and charismatic, but we are cheated out of a decent showdown between him and Li. The final fight falls far short of expectations.
The overdubbed soundtrack didn't help: it would have been better with sub-titles. Overall, the film doesn't seem to know if it's being played for laughs or to be taken seriously.
Rent it if you must, but don't expect quality like 'The Warlords'...
3/10
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By Linz Fozz on 21 Jun 2006
Format: DVD
A decent Jet Li film with cool gun fights & lightening fast hand to hand combat. This is kind of like the Chinese version of 'The Bodygaurd' with Jet Li playing a member of an elite corps of bodyguards called the Defenders. He's assigned to protect a pretty young witness (Christy Chung) who at first makes life pretty difficult for him by resisting his strict rules but who later realises that her life really is in danger & starts to appreciate his help alot more. A romance starts to develop between the two main characters after he saves her life in a shopping mall shoot-out which adds a nice twist to the film as the witness is already in a relationship with a rich banker. Jet Li is good in this film throughout, his boyish good looks & vulnerability when it comes to women make his character very endearing as the movie progresses & the chemistry between him & co-star Christy Chung is believable & never too OTT. I strongly recommend this film to any Jet Li fan or just any Hong Kong film fans in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov 2012
Format: VHS Tape
John Chang is sent from Bejing to protect the only witness to a murder, Michelle Yeung. However, as the two get in deeper and deeper into the fight for survival, they start to get feelings that could spell doom for the both of them.

Jet Li was some 4 years away from becoming a world star as opposed to his standing in Asia, his pre American efforts are a highly mixed bunch. Here with The Defender we find Li oozing cool and delighting in the art of chop sockery and intricate gun play, but strip away the action and we are left with a pretty empty film. It's a standard fable of bodyguard protects pretty girl (the delicious Christy Chung) and after the initial resentments subside, we find our duo falling in too deep and putting all at risk within their world. However, the action (the point of these pictures as we know) delivers royally, particularly in the last quarter where the ante goes thru the roof and the testo level follows it, it's here where Li and the rest of the grafters earn their respective corn. The finale sequences alone make this picture worth your while, whilst you will rarely see a skateboard and a torch be so intricately and funnily used at the same time!

Instantly forgettable outside of the action set pieces, it still manages to be an entertaining watch for the action junkies amongst us. 5.5/10
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By Gh Leason on 30 Jun 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched this film when it came out and enjoyed it that is why I bought this DVD still a good film
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By richard garton on 28 Mar 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
big big fan of jet li, fantastic martial artist as i've got most of his films.Just a shame not all his films are in english
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