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  • Actors: Jet Li, Anita Mui, Mo Tse, Rongguang Yu, Collin Chou
  • Directors: Corey Yuen
  • Writers: Jack Maeby, Jing Wong, Sandy Shaw
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 1998
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305131422
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Father is a Hero" on IMDb

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Title(s) AKA: My Father Is Hero || Jet Li, is The Enforcer Languages: ENGLISH Literally Translated Title: Letter To Daddy Film Director(s): Corey Yuen Kwai Film Producer(s): Charles Heung Wah-Keung || Woo Shu Yue Wah-Sing || Wong Jing Action Director(s): Corey Yuen Kwai || Yuen Tak Released: 1995 [Hong Kong] Genre: Action/Adventure Sub-Genre: Martial Arts Plot: Jet Li plays an undercover cop from Beijing who is sent to Hong Kong to infiltrate the ring of a notorious crime boss. While away, his ailing wife dies, and his son comes to Hong Kong to find him...but finds serious danger instead... Overview: Jet Li plays Kung Wei, an undercover cop from Beijing who is sent to Hong Kong to infiltrate the ring of a notorious crime boss. While Kung is away, his ailing wife dies. Kung's precocious son asks the Hong Kong police officer investigating his father to take him to Hong Kong to find him. As the mob leader and his henchmen plan an elaborate heist, Kung Wei struggles not to reveal his identity even when his son is captured by the crime boss. Cast: Jet Li Lian-Jie || Anita Mui Yim-Fong || Tze Miu || Blacky Ko Sau-Leung || Yu Rong Guang || Damian Lau (Chung Yan) || Ngai Sing || Bonnie Fu (Yuk Jing) || Ken Lo Wai-Kwong || Chui Naam Naam || Corey Yuen Kwai || Henry Fong Ping || Chun Kwai Bo || Cheung Wing Cheung || Paul Rapovski || Thorsten Nickel

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Probably only the Hong Kong film industry could have produced this bizarre mixture of head-kicking martial arts action and daddy-and-me sentimentality. Veteran HK action director Cory Yuen (Fong Sai Yuk), who staged Jet Li's fight sequences in Lethal Weapon 4, steers the acrobatic Mainlander through a heart-tugging crime saga about a cop who has gone so far undercover that everyone, including his troubled son, thinks he's actually a bad guy. Pop-singing actress Anita Mui (Rouge) is a policewoman from Hong Kong who befriends and protects the kid until father and son reconcile and team up against the crooks. The action episodes, which were performed without stunt doubles or wires, are eye-popping wonders, and the kid, Tze Miu, is a true prodigy. (Sensitive adults may be horrified by some of junior's more extreme stunt work.) The tough-guy emotionalism is often shamelessly effective. But Yuen is a by-the-numbers journeyman director, and for the most part this a flat, square, unimaginative exercise. --David Chute

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shawn D. Stone on April 24, 2001
Format: DVD
This film is my all-time favorite Jet Li film. Jet's son in the film is set to be the next Jet Li and is an awesome powerhouse in his own right. This movie has some wonderful fighting sequences, though it does seem to drag in a couple spots, when trying to establish the relationships. I didn't get the English version "The Enforcer" because the title has nothing to do with the film (it sounds like a rejected Steven Segal title that a studio exec came up with) and that the dubs are a little cheesy. However, after watching this DVD, I'd have to say I prefer that version. The video quality is barely better than VHS video, and the audio is very tinny, no highs, no lows, even on a 5.1 system, it sounds like it was all recorded in a tin can. The disc seems to be recorded with little to no quality control. Putting the disc in my computer's DVD-ROM drive, the title did not show up as "My Father is a Hero", it showed up as "Untitled". Also, none of the DVD functions are labelled. Selecting subtitles does not give you the choice of English or Chinese (simplified) or Chinese (traditional), it gives you subtitle 1, subtitle 2 and subtitle 3. You get to play around with it to find out. The menus are static images with a single word in English and Chinese for each page/function. It looks like this disc was put together with no care about how it will look. All that I could forgive. The problem that made me return this disc to the store is the subtitles. Chinese film translators, understand this: CONSULT A NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER. I hope they heard that. Every single scene in this movie is filled with lines that either make you go "hunh?" or make you laugh.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on May 2, 2000
Format: DVD
The Chinese title to this one was extremely deceptive: "Letters to Father". It suggests a full-out drama and, to its credit, The Enforcer (an entirely inaccurate title, actually) does contain more dramatic elements and better acting than the usual martial-arts/action fare.
What we have here is a true polarization: Truly amazing moments juxtaposed with extreme clumsiness at spots. The ultra-sentimentality of the script is beaten to death time after time in this movie, and sometimes even a pretty good actor falters because of the overkill. Anita Mui isn't very well used in this movie; the part when she breaks down and cries at the death of the mother is completely unbelievable, because the story didn't sufficiently set up the rapport between the women. Xie Mao, who plays the child, is unusually watchable as an actor thanks to some less-than-obvious choices (when his mother dies, he goes for an attempt to be strong which works quite well), and he moves well (though some shots of him in action appear to be sped up). But too much sentimentality still ends up hurting the character.
The action sequences and fight choreography are wonderful, without most of the vices that plagued Fist of Legend (slow-mo being the most important one). There *is* too much camera trickery at some points -- overheads, triple cuts, etc. -- but in this one it's acceptable. Less so are the incredibly disorienting ellipses in the storyline, and the incredibly bad acting of Yu Rong Guang, the lead villain, entirely without charisma or humanity, just another smart-cracking bad guy with no depth or real power. When will action writers realize that a villain works better when he's smart and likeable to a degree?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: DVD
Jet Li, and child martial arts master Tse Mui (I think), and Anita Mui.. team up for my favorite Jet Li actioner. Li plays an undercover cop, so undercover that his family knows nothing about it. Li must go undecover again to stop some Yakuza. Meanwhile his wife passes away with Little Tse at the mercy of locals and bullies. Tse however will have none of this since Jet Li is his father, and he is one incredible fighter. Anyways the two team up again alongside officer Anita Mui to kick some Yakuza butt. A great movie with a perfect blend of humor, action, romance, and drama. Don't miss the scene with Li swinging Tse around on a rope... lol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Yee on April 28, 2000
Format: DVD
I have the Chinese import version which is titled my father is a hero. I prefer a movie which has subtitles rather than dubbing. I rate the import 4 1/2 stars. The transfer from film of the recently dubbed movies seems much better than the imports. More Hong Kong films are being dubbed but I wish they had the choice for multi-language.
There is a good balance of drama and action in this film. The acting is decent but the story is more believable than other HK films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1999
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Excellent martial artist Jet Li, makes another great movie. This time, Anita Mui, famous for the lady who buys the store in Rumble In The Bronx, help Jet Li set stage as she also does martial arts. The fighting scene at the end is a truly 'MUST SEE'. Excellent picture quality, not like old Jet Li movies, and as always, excellent performance from the great Jet Li.
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