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The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard
Actors: Aaron Banks, Sonny Chiba, Judy Lee, Bill Louie
Directors: Simon Nuchtern, Maurice Sarli
Genres: Action & Adventure
NR     2000     1hr 29min


     

Movie Details

Actors: Aaron Banks, Sonny Chiba, Judy Lee, Bill Louie
Directors: Simon Nuchtern, Maurice Sarli
Genres: Action & Adventure
Sub-Genres: Martial Arts
Studio: Platinum Disc
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/01/2000
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

He must try to stay alive at all costs!
Christopher Hivner | 09/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Starring: Sonny Chiba, Bill Louir, Aaron Banks, Judy Lee, Etsuko Shihomi.
Sonny Chiba, the fiercest martial arts screen hero since Bruce Lee, demonstrates his deadliest fighting skills in this raging action crime thriller. Japanese and New York City Drug-running gangsters face off against him in this brutal gand war showdown."
Cheated out of Chiba
P. Burdick | Oneonta, NY United States | 07/31/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This movie does not showcase Sonny Chiba's martial arts skill. Streetfighter was probably his best. This film has relatively few fight scenes, and they are nowhere near par with Streetfighter. In addition, the fight scenes are shot in dim, dark lighting, or at angles that obscure rather than reveal the fighting styles.

I bought the Platinum DVD version of this film, which was not the best transfer quality, watched the movie twice, then swapped it in with a used dealer.
"
Lousy fights doom The Bodyguard
Christopher Hivner | Dallastown, PA USA | 05/18/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The Bodyguard stars Sonny Chiba as . . . Sonny Chiba. He wants to take down the drug trade and to that end offers to be the bodyguard to anyone who needs it. A woman shows up asking for his services but she is not forthcoming as to why. She does however have a lot of people after her as Sonny finds out. It eventually comes out that she was the mistress of a mob boss that was gunned down at the start of the movie and she still has his last shipment of drugs and wants to sell them for a half million dollars.

The Bodyguard is dull and confusing. How being someone's bodyguard is going to bring down the drug trade is never explained. The worst sin for a martial arts film is the fights were lousy. Weird camera angles and quick edits made it so you never could tell what was going on. Whatever Sonny Chiba's skills are, they were not showcased in this movie."