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The Bodyguard from Beijing (Zhong Nan Hai bao biao) (1994)

  Directed by: Kazuya Konaku, Corey Yuen
Written by: Gordon Chan, Kin Chung Chan
Starring: Christy Chung, Jet Li
Links: The Bodyguard from Beijing on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"The Bodyguard with less stupid songs" - a review by timchuma

A crack Chinese Red Army bodyguard is assigned to protect a witness in a murder case, something neither of them agree with, but they have no choice in the matter.

As usual in these types of movies, Stockholm Syndrome develops but not before some excellent set pieces including the shootout in the shopping mall and a nasty assassin trying to get the body of his brother back. (Hint: if someone stuffs something in your mouth, say, a roll of banknotes, breathe through your nose stupid!)

Jet Li is excellent in this movie in the gunplay scenes and even better in the final showdown between the assassin and the other hired killers.

As with My Father is a Hero (1995), I would warn that this movie has some bad stuff happening to kids in it.

I would recommend this movie to people who have seen Jet Li movies such as the Once Upon a Time in China (1991) series and want to see how he plays a more modern character (without having to watch Hollywood movies).

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 16 Sep 2004

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