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The Protector

Jackie Chan and Danny Aiello head for Hong Kong to track down a drug kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of his estranged business partner.

With:
Jackie Chan Danny Aiello Roy Chiao Victor Arnold Kim Bass Richard Clarke

Jackie Chan and Danny Aiello head for Hong Kong to track down a drug kingpin who has kidnapped the daughter of his estranged business partner.

A furious barroom shootout at the outset is immediately followed by a speedboat chase in New York harbor that rivals James Bond pictures for elaborate thrills.

What also puts matters on the right track is the tongue-in-cheek humor running throughout. Chan and Aiello both sail through the farfetched action with insouciance and aplomb as they infuriate their superiors by wreaking havoc wherever they go and knock off enough baddies to momentarily put a dent in Hong Kong’s population figures.

Chan indulges in almost superhuman acrobatics every 15 minutes or so, running up walls, pole-vaulting and swinging from sampan to sampan in the harbor and generally putting his karate expertise to good use.

The Protector

Production: Golden Harvest/Warner. Director James Glickenhaus; Producer David Chan; Screenplay James Glickenhaus; Camera Mark Irwin; Editor Evan Lottman; Music Ken Thorne; Art Director William F. De Seta, Oliver Wong

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Jackie Chan Danny Aiello Roy Chiao Victor Arnold Kim Bass Richard Clarke

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