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Jackie Chan (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | Moon Lee (Actor) | Yang Chun (Actor)
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In the 1980s Jackie Chan starred in a handful of English-language Golden Harvest movies catered for the international market, among those were Battle Creek Brawl (1980), Cannonball Run (1981), and The Protector (1985). Written and directed by James Glickenhaus, The Protector cast Chan and American actor Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing) as a pair of NYPD cops. They are sent to Hong Kong to catch a drug lord who has kidnapped the daughter of his former criminal associate, and, naturally, big fights ensue. Co-starring kung fu actress Moon Lee and Roy Chiao, the crime action thriller is quite unlike the usual action comedy fare Chan is famous for, but it does feature Hollywood-styled action scenes sprinkled with Chan's death-defying stunts.

Note: This is the English-language US theatrical cut of the film.

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Product Title: The Protector (1985) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version) 威龍猛探 (1985) (DVD) (數碼修復) (香港版) 威龙猛探 (1985) (DVD) (数码修复) (香港版) プロテクター (威龍猛探) (デジタルリマスター) (香港版) The Protector (1985) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | Moon Lee (Actor) | Yang Chun (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 喬宏 (Actor) | 李賽鳳 (Actor) | 楊群 (Actor) 成龙 (Actor) | 乔宏 (Actor) | 李赛凤 (Actor) | 杨群 (Actor) 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | ロイ・チャオ (Actor) | 李賽鳳(ムーン・リー) (Actor) | 楊群(ヤン・チュン) (Actor) 성룡 (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | Moon Lee (Actor) | Yang Chun (Actor)
Director: James Glickenhaus James Glickenhaus James Glickenhaus James Glickenhaus James Glickenhaus
Producer: Leonard Ho 何冠昌 何冠昌 何冠昌 (レナード・ホー) Ho Koon Cheung
Release Date: 2010-06-17
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 94 (mins)
Publisher: Joy Sales (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022828653

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Director : James Glickenhaus
Producer : Leonard Ho

New York policeman Billy Wong and his partner Garoni at a fashion show, they see beautiful designer kidnapped under their very nose. Wong, through his contacts, learns the girl is being held by Hong Kong’s Mr Big to force her father to honor a drug-traffic deal. She may very well have been taken to Hong Kong. Wong and Garoni talk the commissioner into sending them to Hong Kong to investigate. The trail of corpses finally establishes Mr. Big is holding the girl in his Fortress Container. Wong and Garoni storm the container port where a drug refinery is working overtime. They rescue the girl. But Garoni is caught by the hoods. Mr. Big invites Wong to a showdown. When he gets there, Wong finds that the girl is once again a captive. All odds are against him. But his must fight – on the ground, one the ramparts or in the air. And, a big fireball lights up the beautiful harbor of Hong Kong.
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Professional Review of "The Protector (1985) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 26, 2005

This professional review refers to The Protector (1985) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Welcome to Hong Kong - that glittering jewel box on the Pacific...glittering jewel box of SIN! Kohl-eyed masseuses use their kneading feet to send you into a stupor so that they may use their flashing knives to send you into hell! Stretching from the Beirut-ian rubble of the South Bronx populated by Road Warrior-esque dwarf gangs who rip off eighteen wheelers, to the diabolical drug labs of the Orient where shapely women stuff innocent melons full of heroin: white dust of death! Jackie Chan, in a reverse Rush Hour(here everyone speaks Cantonese - or Mandarin - rather than Jackie being forced to speak English; and his sidekick is a somnambulant, beefy white man rather than a twitchy, skinny black one), plays New York City Cop, Billy Chan, who blows giant sized squibs out hillbilly skulls onto the fly-speckled walls of Manhattan dives. When an international crimelord (Harold Ko - ironically played by devout Christian Roy Chiao) drags a millionaire's daughter from New York to Hong Kong in her pretty party dress it's up to Billy to bring her home. Danny Aiello who "knows HK from his Nam days" comes along, lending a pathetic right hook to the international war on crime.

This movie marks Jackie's second attempt to break into the US market and one glance at its "Hunter" meets The Warriors slum-colored palette will leave viewers with no doubts as to why it didn't work. There are two versions of this cop amuck drama: the Glickenhaus and the Chan. Don't let the co-director credit fool you: Glickenhaus directed one version (when he wasn't sulking in his trailer) and then Jackie rehired the cast and directed another.

Jackie was a big star, and an arrogant one by his own account, when he went to Warner Brothers for this questionable team-up with Danny Aiello. Glickenhaus was the director of exploitation success The Exterminator. Together they fought. Chan lost to Glickenhaus' plate-iron contract, and huffed back to Hong Kong where he rehired Aiello, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, and reshot the movie. Adding a subplot involving Sally Yeh and a mysterious coin; re-editing the final fight scene; shooting two additional action sequences; taking out the gratuitous nudity; and bringing the character more in line with his developing comic personality. It's enough to make the movie a diverting speck of 80's cop trash.

The Protector was a confidence-building episode in Jackie's career. Here was a big American director working for a big American studio and there's no doubt that Jackie was able to make the same movie better with a minimum of effort. Plus you get to see Danny Aiello speaking Cantonese AND Mandarin.

by Grady Hendrix

April 23, 2005

This professional review refers to The Protector (DVD) (China Version)

Mondo Eighties trashy cop film is a guilty pleasure THE PROTECTOR (1985)

Directed by: James Glickenhaus & Jackie Chan

Starring: Jackie Chan, Danny Aiello, Roy Chiao, Moon Lee, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

Welcome to Hong Kong - that glittering jewel box on the Pacific...glittering jewel box of SIN! Kohl-eyed masseuses use their kneading feet to send you into a stupor so that they may use their flashing knives to send you into hell! Stretching from the Beirut-ian rubble of the South Bronx populated by ROAD WARRIOR-esque dwarf gangs who rip off eighteen wheelers, to the diabolical drug labs of the Orient where shapely women stuff innocent melons full of heroin: white dust of death! Jackie Chan, in a reverse RUSH HOUR (here everyone speaks Cantonese - or Mandarin - rather than Jackie being forced to speak English; and his sidekick is a somnambulant, beefy white man rather than a twitchy, skinny black one), plays New York City Cop, Billy Chan, who blows giant sized squibs out hillbilly skulls onto the fly-speckled walls of Manhattan dives. When an international crimelord (Harold Ko - ironically played by devout Christian Roy Chiao) drags a millionaire's daughter from New York to Hong Kong in her pretty party dress it's up to Billy to bring her home. Danny Aiello who "knows HK from his Nam days" comes along, lending a pathetic right hook to the international war on crime.

This movie marks Jackie's second attempt to break into the US market and one glance at its "Hunter" meets THE WARRIORS slum-colored palette will leave viewers with no doubts as to why it didn't work. There are two versions of this cop amuck drama: the Glickenhaus and the Chan. Don't let the co-director credit fool you: Glickenhaus directed one version (when he wasn't sulking in his trailer) and then Jackie rehired the cast and directed another. Glickenhaus' version was released in the US; Chan's was released in Asia, and it's the one presented on this letterboxed, good looking Universe DVD.

Jackie was a big star, and an arrogant one by his own account, when he went to Warner Brothers for this questionable team-up with Danny Aiello. Glickenhaus was the director of exploitation success THE EXTERMINATOR. Together they fought. Chan lost to Glickenhaus' plate-iron contract, and huffed back to Hong Kong where he rehired Aiello, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, and reshot the movie. Adding a subplot involving Sally Yeh and a mysterious coin; re-editing the final fight scene (there's stark comparison of the two edits on the DVD JACKIE CHAN: MY STUNTS); shooting two additional action sequences; taking out the gratuitous nudity; and bringing the character more in line with his developing comic personality. It's enough to make the movie a diverting speck of 80's cop trash.

With Star bios for Jackie and Moon Lee, a trailer for itself and TWINKLE, TWINKLE LUCKY STARS and a staggering 10 sets of subtitles, THE PROTECTOR was a confidence-building episode in Jackie's career. Here was a big American director working for a big American studio and there's no doubt that Jackie was able to make the same movie better with a minimum of effort. Plus you get to see Danny Aiello speaking Cantonese AND Mandarin.

Reviewer : Grady Hendrix (USA)

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Customer Review of "The Protector (1985) (DVD) (Digitally Remastered) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (6)

T-Man
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September 20, 2018

This customer review refers to The Protector (Blu-ray) (Extreme Edition) (Japan Version)
Update to earlier review Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I'd like to update my review for Jackie Chan's "The Protector", now that I'm aware that each review I leave will apply to other products.

I'm going to briefly describe all the releases out there.

1. US DVD by HBO/Warner Bros: This DVD is out-of-print. It's anamorphic, but the picture quality leaves more to be desired. However, it contains the ORIGINAL mono soundtrack, with the very weak punches and kicks. French, Spanish, and English subtitles included. Glickenhaus version (with the nudity and original English dialog) only

2. US Blu-ray by "Shout Factory" (released as a double-feature with Jackie Chan's "Crime Story")
This blu-ray has an HD transfer (although some have accused it of being an "upscale"). Its picture quality is better than the HBO/WB DVD, and appears color-corrected (very different color filters used). The soundtrack, however, has been given the "Fortune Star remix" treatment! There is an audible "hiss" in many of the dialog scenes and sound effects were redone.

As a plus, an anamorphic version of Jackie Chan's edit with English subtitles is included, but the picture AND audio quality are horrendous! It's clear that they had no intention of cleaning up from whatever source they used.

3. HK DVD by Universe Laser: This has been LONG out of print! Jackie Chan's edit only. However, in spite of its lack of an anamorphic picture, the picture quality has always been okay, with good color filters. It also features the highest quality versions of the Cantonese & Mandarin soundtracks.

4. HK blu-ray by Kam & Ronson: US version only. Soundtrack appears to have been "corrected" somewhat to hide the "hiss". Picture quality exactly like the US version.

5. French DVD by Metropolitan Film: US & HK versions included. When it comes to picture quality, this DVD has the absolute BEST! It's a legit anamorphic REMASTER! Very clear and color-corrected. The soundtrack to Jackie chan's edit is supposedly the original mono track, but it sucks! No English subtitles.

6. Japanese blu-ray: US and HK versions included. Plus an "extended Japanese edition" which combines the US version and its soundtrack with elements of the HK version. No English subtitles. Picture quality for HK version anamorphic, but poor, with a poor-quality mono track.
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September 21, 2017

US Version ONLY! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I would like to make sure that no one buys the Hong Kong Joy Sales DVD nor the Kam & Ronson Enterprises blu-ray (also from Hong Kong) of this movie, without first knowing that these two releases have the US version ONLY!

As of right now, the only version currently in print that has JC's personal edit of "The Protector" is the North American (region A) "Shout Factory" blu-ray release, which also includes an uncut/undubbed/English-subtitled version of "Crime Story".

The Shout Factory blu-ray disc has JC's personal edit in standard-definition, but is anamorphic. And it is clearly not remastered. There is much film grain and the sound quality is even WORSE than the now OOP (out of print) Universe Laser DVD. But it's the only version!
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September 21, 2017

This customer review refers to The Protector (1985) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
This is NOT Jackie Chan's edit! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Before you buy this blu-ray (hopefully this review will apply to the HK blu-ray with Jackie dressed as a cop pointing a gun with Chinese characters on top), I just want you to know that this is NOT Jackie Chan's personal edit of the film. This is the US version, with the nudity, cursing, and slow fight scenes.

I just don't want people to think that this is some "remastered" version of the JC edit! This is the US version only. I repeat...US version!
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June 29, 2010

the protector Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
Inspite of being advertised as the Hong Kong version this is the US version .It's in English and not the dubbed Cantonese version and none of the nudity and swearing has been taken out .Jackie went back to Hong Kong and made a far better version . It had longer and better fight scenes and a sub-plot was added . Jackie also removed all the swearing and nudity . This version is a very bad let down as many fans have been waiting for the real Hong Kong version to be released . It has been out of print a very long time . Your better off buying the Hong Kong legends version . If the one you really want is the original Hong Kong version then don't buy this . No wonder there is very little information given about the DVD . If there was people wouldn't buy it . You can usually trust Fortune star - joy sales but I feel this is a con on there part that is very unexpected .
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Anonymous

January 30, 2004

This customer review refers to The Protector (1985) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The US version was slow. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This is a Universe & Laser release. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1 letterbox. Running time is 91 minutes. Jackie himself edited this Hong Kong version!! Therefore the fighting scenes are different than the US film edition! The picture is not bad. But the original English soundtrack is not included. So everyone speaks Cantonese or Mandarin!! Features also trailer for "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars" and star files.
This movie is not bad at all!
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