Rent The Protector (1985)

3.0 of 5 from 53 ratings
1h 31min
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Synopsis:
After the kidnapping of a wealthy businessman's daughter, maverick New York City cops Billy Wong (Jackie Chan) and Danny Garoni (Danny Aiello) are sent to garner leads in Hong Kong, but the pair find themselves beset by the local police and crime boss, Harold Ko (Roy Chiao) who will stop at nothing in ensuring the continuity of his drug empire.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
David Chan, Leonard Ho
Writers:
James Glickenhaus, King Sang Tang
Studio:
Hong Kong Legends
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Countries:
Hong Kong, Action & Adventure, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/03/2012
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Super bitrate encoding for optimum visual presentation
  • Audio Commentary by Andrew Staton
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/11/2019
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
Cantonese LPCM Stereo, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New artwork from R.P. "Kung Fu Bob" O"Brien
  • Audio Commentary by Film-Maker Arne Venema and Hong Kong Film Expert Mike Leeder (US Cut)
  • Alternative "Hong Kong Version", Jackie Chan's recut of the film
  • Audio Commentary by Irish Film-making maverick George Clarke & Hong Kong Film Expert Mike Leeder (HK Cut)
  • Hard Edge: Brand New 2019 Interview with Director James Glickenhaus
  • Follow the Puck: Brand New 2019 Interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
  • A Tale of 2 movies with Steve Lawson: A side-by-side comparison of the HK cut and the US cut of the film
  • Archive Behind the Scenes Featurette with newly translated subtitles
  • International Trailer
  • Japanese Trailer
  • Hong Kong Trailer
  • Japanese Teaser Trailer (HD)
  • Double sided artwork with both original Hong Kong poster art and International Poster Art by Chris Achilléos

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Reviews (1) of The Protector

Passable action schlock. Worth seeing for a miscast Jackie Chan and a fun blu ray commentary. - The Protector review by SD

Spoiler Alert
13/11/2020

Well filmed action schlock from James Glickenhaus (The Exterminator/Macbain/Blue Jean Cop) and a curio to see the first attempt to make Jackie Chan an American action star in the 80s. He's partnered with Danny Aiello, and they have decent chemistry, but he's cast as an Asian Dirty Harry. Gun toting and sweary. He's not the likable everyman persona he's adopted with more success since, and his English isn't quite there to carry the drama without the stand out action a Jackie audience expects. There's some fun set pieces and production value, and an enjoyable audio commentary from Mike Leeder but it's a curio b-movie.

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