Saturday, June 20, 2009

the protector

beware of the hong kong mosquito with high heels...


two new york cops, billy wong (jackie chan) and danny garoni (danny aiello) head to hong kong after the daughter (laura shapiro) of a rich businessman is kidnapped by the drug lord harold ko (roy chiao).

jackie's second attempt to work in america, hampered by director james glickenhaus' reluctance to let jackie do what he does best. terribly disappointed by the degree of violence, bad language and nudity that glickenhaus had filled the film with, upon his return to hong kong jackie re-shot several action sequences, re-edited the film, added a sub-plot with sally yeh, trimmed out most of the bad language and cut the nudity. i haven't seen the american cut, but finally found a copy of the hong kong cut last year...

this isn't a great film and even jackie's reworking can't save it from mediocrity. sure, it's kinda fun to watch jackie and aiello as a pairing, there's some entertaining, if not inspiring, action and a plot of a similar standard. the good news, of course, is that jackie would swiftly go on to make 'police story', which i'm sure everyone recognises as a good thing...

decidedly average...

the dvd is currently out of print.

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