Kung fu superstar Jet Li (Romeo Must Die, The One, the Once Upon a Time in China series) makes his directorial debut with Born to Defense. When a Chinese soldier (Li) returns from fighting Japan, he discovers that his h... more »ome town has become a base for the American navy. The arrogant and abusive sailors treat the locals with brutal disrespect, stirring up anger and violence. Of course, Li comes to the defense of an old friend and his daughter, who's been forced into prostitution. It's a good thing Li hasn't quit acting; the script is pure melodrama and Li's fledgling direction doesn't rise above that. But, as ever, the fight sequences are many and vigorous, especially a lengthy one-on-one donnybrook in a rain-drenched boxing ring between the diminutive Li and a huge naval officer. --Bret Fetzer« less
"Jet Li is by a long way the best MA filmstar around, i would usually recomend anything by him but this is a BAD film! DON'T BUY IT! SPEND YOUR MONEY ON ONE OF HIS OTHER BRILLIANT FILMS.I bought this after seeing "once upon a time in china"! Go buy that instead or just about any of his other films after 1990!"
Jet's only foray into directing!
Waylon Piercy | Petal, MS United States | 10/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Born to Defense" is the first-- and only-- film directed by Jet Li. Personally, I consider it a worthy film, even though it is not among his finest. Jet portrays a Waorld WarII vet who, upon returning to China with his army buddies, finds that the American and British troops are receiving the heroes' welcome, while the Chinese who fought alongside them are neglected. This intolerable state of affairs comes to a head when some thuggish US Navy members begin assaulting Jet and some of his friends. Naturally, this film can only end with Jet ripping these guys to pieces! Interestingly, Jet displays a talent for boxing, something I've seen in none of his films before nor since "BTD." There are some pretty good action scenes if you can handle the atrocious acting by just about everyone in the film, and the boxing scene that evovles into a full-blown bar brawl is quite good. This DVD has one of the most horrible transfers I've ever seen; it appears to have been hanging around in someone's bathroom for the past fifteen years. The four-star rating is just for the film itself. "Born to Defense" may not please the casual fan, but Jet's fans shouldn't miss it."
Born to Defence is actually a pretty good movie...
Waylon Piercy | 12/30/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"As far as Jet Li movies go this one has a decent story with situations that have you grinding your teeth rooting for Jet to take revenge on the U.S. Navy (World Video printed "U.S. Army" on the box, yet the subtitles say "navy" and they are wearing Navy uniforms) scum stirring up trouble. The condition of this World Video edition is horribly pathetic though! The subtitles are inaccurate and often misspelled and most fight scenes are lost in darkness. I wish there was a cleaner copy than this one with better subtitles."
Why Jet Li doesn't direct anymore
rushylon5 | 08/27/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Jet Li is an incredible martial artist, not director. This movie shows that truism clearly. The first action sequence is decent enough with Jet scrambling to stay out of the way of tanks and other war time materials, but after that no fight scene is worth the time. Badly shot and poorly lit film, unfortunately. ..."
Some fierce fighting
genkidama20 | Cary, NC United States | 06/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I know a lot of others think this movie stinks b/c it has a horrible story line and it's a dark movie and there is not fantasy to it... but what I LOVE about it is that they do some pretty funky fighting. Jet Li actually does some serious funky fighting in this movie. There is a lot of rage, anger, and bitterness that comes out of this movie. I personally like the last fight scene. It's got a lot of boxing/kick boxing style fighting in it from the Navy guys and Jet Li doesn't get to fly around and do much of his 'wire works'(using wires to fly around on). But the best thing about this movie is that they don't make him look like an invincible guy(like they usually do)... and he actually get's beat up pretty bad.I like it myself though, It's not a bad movie. You should buy it if you are a Jet Li fan."