Bodyguard From Beijing (HK 1994)

Rating: ***
Director: Corey Yuen Kwai
Cast: Jet Li, Christy Chung, Kent Cheng, Ngai Sing, cameo by Corey Yuen

This shameless rip-off of "The Bodyguard" was Jet Li's first role outside of a kung fu period piece, and the first film to feature him with a full head of hair. He plays the totally cool and stoic bodyguard that Kevin Costner could only dream about being. His presence is intense and unflinching, and he looks great with a gun and a suit. Christy Chung is his bratty and annoying client who eventually falls for him, and the sexual tension between them is classic. The awesome Ngai Sing (from "The Red Wolf" (1995)) is the psychotic vengeance-bent killer who's after Jet for killing his brother, and the two of them finally get to beat each other up at the end of the film with a combination of stellar, and silly, kung fu. Fun and mindless entertainment.