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Bodyguards and Assassins -- Donnie Yen (ˆBlade II, IP Man, Hero) and MMA fighter Cung Le star in this gripping martial arts blockbuster set in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong in 1905.  The revolutionary movement has spread throughout China.
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Bodyguards and Assassins -- Donnie Yen (ˆBlade II, IP Man, Hero) and MMA fighter Cung Le star in this gripping martial arts blockbuster set in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong in 1905.  The revolutionary movement has spread throughout China, but the corrupt Qing dynasty will do antyhing to hold on to its power.  As Sun Yat-Sen prepares for a historic meeting that will shape the future of the country, a motley crew of me
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To save a nation's future, they must protect one man from its past.'


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To save a nations future, they must protect one man from its past.
In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Xueqi Wang ... Li Yue-Tang

Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Prof. Chen Xiao-Bai

Jun Hu ... Yan Xiao-Guo
Bo-Chieh Wang ... Li Chung-Guang

Nicholas Tse ... Ah Si

Donnie Yen ... Sum Chung-Yang

Bingbing Fan ... Yuet-yu

Yuchun Li ... Fang Hong
Mengke Bateer ... Wang Fu-Ming (Stinky Tofu)

Leon Lai ... Prince Lau Luk-Yak

Eric Tsang ... Detective Smith

Cung Le ... Yan Xiao-Guo's henchman #1

Hanyu Zhang ... Sun Yat-Sen

Simon Yam ... General Fang Tian

Jacky Cheung ... Prof. Yang Quyun
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kim-Fai Che ... Yan Xiao-Guo's henchman #2
Seung Dik ... Police chief
Yu-Lam Fan
Hao Jing ... Nianci
Edmond Wong Kin-Yip ... Shot policeman
Miao Liang
Zhong Lü ... Sun Yat-Sen's mother
Gary Wing-Lun Mak ... Casino dealer
Philip Ng ... Qing assassin
Michelle Reis ... Prince Lau's lover
John Sham ... Ah Suen's father
Yu-Hang To ... Qing assassin

Wenjie Wang
Yachao Wang ... Bao Shi
Jack Wai-Leung Wong ... Shot policeman
Wei Yi-Bo ... Yong Kai
Xing Yu ... Qing assassin
Jianya Zhang ... Boss Feng
You Zhang
Yun Zhou ... Ah Suen

Directed by
Teddy Chan 
Writing credits
Junli Guo (written by) &
Tin Nam Chun (written by) &
Joyce Chan (written by)

Tung Man Chan (concept)

James Yuen (co-written by) &
Bing Wu (co-written by)

Produced by
Jeffrey Chan .... co-producer
Peter Chan .... producer
Man Kei Chin .... associate producer
Lung Dan-Nei .... co-producer
Sanping Han .... executive producer
Xiaoli Han .... co-producer
Jianxin Huang .... producer
Chen Hui .... co-producer
Yuet-Jan Hui .... producer
Tang Jia-Yin .... executive producer
Nan Li .... co-producer
Rui Gang Li .... executive producer
Chen Liang .... co-producer
Bai Ling .... executive producer
Edward Tian Su-Ning .... executive producer
Wai Man Yip .... associate producer
Li You-Li .... co-producer
Dong Yu .... executive producer
Jiang Zhong .... executive producer
Li Zhou .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kwong Wing Chan 
Cinematography by
Arthur Wong (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Derek Hui 
Hoi Wong 
Production Design by
Kenneth Mak 
Art Direction by
Che Kiu Lam  (as Eric Lam)
Costume Design by
Dora Ng 
Makeup Department
Mark Garbarino .... special makeup effects designer
Connie Lai .... makeup artist
Wai Hing Lau .... hair stylist
Production Management
Yiu San Chow .... assistant production manager
Kim Hung Fan .... assistant production manager
Debbie Lam .... production manager
Zheng Qiang Ma .... assistant production manager
Suki Tsui .... assistant production manager
May Yu Yut .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Man Ki Kwok .... third assistant director
Kim Wah Lou .... first assistant director
Gary Wing-Lun Mak .... second assistant director
Cindy Yu .... fourth assistant director
Art Department
Kung Chan .... props
Lam Jan-Yiu .... props
Wai Kin Lam .... property master
Kin Hung Wong .... props
Wai Yan Wong .... set designer
Yu Chung Wong .... props
Sai Yan Yeung .... props
Sound Department
Kinson Tsang .... sound recordist
George Lee Yiu-Keung .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Chas Chi-Shing Chau .... visual effects
Yuen Fai Ng .... visual effects supervisor
Chi-Wai Tam .... visual effects
Kwok-yin Yung .... visual effects
Tat Chiu Lee .... action choreographer
Kenji Tanigaki .... action choreographer
Wei Tung .... action director
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... action choreographer
Hua Yan .... action choreographer
Ming Zhe Liu .... stunt double: Donnie Yen (uncredited)
Donnie Yen .... action director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lam Chow .... gaffer
Zheng-Jia Guo .... gaffer
Yeung Jan-Yu .... lighting technician
Yiu-Fai Lai .... lighting technician
Ai-Dong Liu .... lighting technician
Peter Ngor .... grip
Casting Department
Mike Leeder .... additional casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cindy Fong-Tai Cheung .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Steve Calalang .... digital intermediate colorist
Majush James .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Fabrizio Pistone .... di edit supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Peter Kam .... composer: additional music
Jacky Cheung .... special thanks
Christopher Doyle .... special thanks
Chi-Leung Kwong .... special thanks
Wai-Keung Lau .... special thanks (as Andrew Lau)
Peter Pau .... special thanks
John Radel .... special thanks
Arthur Wong .... special thanks
Donnie Yen .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Shi yue wei cheng" - China (original title)
"The October Siege" - International (English title) (literal title)
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139 min
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19 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Twisting the Threads into a Rope, 17 December 2009
Author: dont_b_so_BBC from The Far East

How do you make a movie based on a known/historical event worth anyone's while, when the final outcome is already well-established? Well, the answer that "Bodyguards & Assassins" provides is: not "with lots of new twists", but "with lots of heart". That's right, this is fully-commercialized blockbuster film-making at its most sincere-- where the previews were reporting how often it made test audiences cry.

I mean, with the casting of 12 named stars (each of whom could have headlined their own movie), the building of a full-scaled outdoor historical set, and an array of prize-winning martial-artists/ action-choreographers, etc.-- this film is about as "gimmicky" and "review-proof" as movies can get. But the cast strives to put their roles before their persona and become masters of the "wordless stare", the set stays quietly in the background without any panoramic sweeps of the camera, and the fighting is mostly shown in short, brutal bursts... which means audiences unwilling to read subtitles or do some research should just skip it-- since it packs an emotional punch rather than a visual one.

Make no mistake,"Bodyguards & Assassins" is almost the complete antithesis of the "mindless action movie" (the "thoughtful" action movie?)-- in fact, action sequences get "cut-off" at every opportunity just to remind you who and what these people are fighting for... so that the violence is always awashed with the tragedy, not thrill, of witnessing the "march of history" (as historical fiction, there's no real question as to who lives and who dies in the end).

Having realized from the box-office and critical success of "The Warlords" (2007) that the Chinese audience is a thinking one (i.e. Chinese blockbusters can be mentally "engaging"), the production team decided to pack a quintessentially Chinese socio-political melodrama into a historical tear-jerking actioner-- presenting the events of 15 October 1905, Hong Kong as the bitter fuse that sparked off the next 6 consecutive years of rebellions (occuring after end of the movie) leading to the fall of the Qing Dynasty. In fact, the script is so solid that you might find yourself wanting more of the drama than the action-- because the movie is paced/ structured as an unrelenting series of ever-tightening expositions (& related fighting) that reveals more and more about the people and the "fin de siecle" that is the real heart of this film... before all the build-up is gently released with a teary eye and a few end-titles.

Such an approach should have been doomed from the start, but the accomplished film-makers (much like the historical figures in the movie) mostly managed to weave all the disparate elements into an ensemble act that is not dominated or resolved by "leave-your-brain-at-the-door" action set-pieces or CGI eye-candy. The historical setting called up a whole host of period clichés, while the varied casting and side-stories drew attention to any uneven acting and editing-- but the expert directing and sharp dialog made 3-dimensional characters out of 2-dimensional stereotypes, while veteran actors Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Wang Xue-Qi ably anchored the film as a rhetoric-spewing revolutionary ("The day of reckoning is here!") and his reluctant financial-backer ("how much money do you need this time?"). There are some production flaws with less-than perfect make-up, CGI, etc.-- which are expected (& understandable) in Asian productions... but there is also an air of "authenticity".

So this is an "action" movie to watch, if you feel like having a good cry-- over all the little people who contributed to the success of the 1911 Revolution... unless you actually need the movie to tell you who Sun Yat-sen is, which means you are not really its target audience. This is Chinese cinema going back to its good old roots of tapping into the collective memory of its blood-stained history-- and digging out a few more shades of gray.

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