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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 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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Spectacular cast and atmosphere, action is secondary See more (31 total) »


  (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
You-Li Li .... co-producer
Chen Liang .... co-producer
Bai Ling .... executive producer
Edward Tian Su-Ning .... executive producer
Wai Man Yip .... associate 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
George Yiu-Keung Lee .... sound editor
Kinson Tsang .... sound recordist
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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular cast and atmosphere, action is secondary, 31 July 2011
Author: chrismsawin from United States

Whenever I find myself getting lost in conversations with other people about martial arts films one of the guys that always seems to get glossed over is Donnie Yen. He's just as good as the Bruce Lees, the Jackie Chans, the Jet Lis, and Tony Jaas out there, but for some reason he's just never really been able to click with the mainstream. Yen seemed to stick around wuxia films longer than the names you probably associate with these types of movies and extravagant wirework is usually the first thing to make an action film feel mediocre to me. People can't fly around, run on the tips of blades of grass, or kick people seventeen times in the air before landing on their feet and doing it all over again; the more realistic an action film is the more enjoyable it is to me. But ever since Hero (yes it's a wuxia film, but it's one of the exceptions), Donnie Yen has put out some really fantastic action films that are either more grounded or the wirework involved is a lot more subtle. Kill Zone and Flash Point were two of the films that made me love the guy's work and Ip Man is easily one of my favorite martial arts films of all time. Most Yen projects not only have spectacular action sequences, but have an engaging story to tell as well and that's something action films like this usually don't bother trying to do. Bodyguards and Assassins just tends to focus more on the dramatic side of things rather than just punch you in the face, kick you in the gut, and move on to the next action scene.

Bodyguards and Assassins is a bit misleading. It's marketed as this martial arts epic and it really isn't. It's actually incredibly similar to 13 Assassins in the way that nearly all of the action is in the last hour of the movie. Most of the movie is spent planning Sun Wen's arrival. The movie takes place during the early 1900s when plans were set into motion to try and overthrow the Qing Dynasty which had become corrupt. Sun Wen was the man believed to be the revolutionary and first step toward that goal. So while many Chinese are willing to step up to the cause and see China become a democracy, there are others who want China to remain the way it is; some want to protect him while many want to kill him. This movie is even more of a slow burn than 13 Assassins was. A man gets shot in the opening scene, there's a brief fight scene where more characters get killed, but the rest of the first hour of the film is very dialogue heavy that is sure to make action junkies itch for their fix.

The other misleading part of the film is Donnie Yen getting top billing. He does play a key supporting role, but is probably only around on-screen for thirty to forty minutes. His character is probably the most well-developed though. Yen is Sum Chang-Yang; a compulsive gambler who will do anything for money. His wife left him after their daughter was born because she didn't want to see their child have the same fate as her father. He's basically a lowlife the entire movie until he has the opportunity to make something of himself and finally gets to see his daughter up close. Then it's as if his entire life was spent waiting for this moment and he decides he shouldn't waste it. So while Yen does make the most of his screen time, he's secondary to the bigger issue at hand.

Bodyguards and Assassins falls victim to shaky camera techniques during a good portion of the fight scenes. The technique is probably used to make the viewer feel closer to the action, but it just doesn't work. It makes you miss more of the action rather than make you feel like you're a part of it. The other disappointment is that there is quite a lot of CG blood in the movie. Most of the blood that makes it to the ground is obviously made with practical effects, but all of it that flies into the air is computer generated. CG blood just gives a movie like this a cartoonish feel, when it's supposed to be taken seriously.

The last hour does have at least two scenes to try and make up for that wordy first hour. There's a chase scene that evolves into a fight scene involving Donnie Yen in the marketplace that is exactly what you've been craving since the movie began. It's probably Yen's crowning achievement in the movie. Leon Lai plays a beggar in the film named Liu Yubai who was outcast from his rich family after falling in love with his father's woman. He uses a metal fan when he fights and he's extremely skilled with it. His action scene is quite spectacular as well and it nearly trumps Yen's.

Bodyguards and Assassins is not a bad film by any means; it's very story driven, has an excellent cast, and delivers an incredibly powerful message. But labeling it solely as an action film seems really unfair. It's a historical drama featuring some action sequences. Impatient viewers may turn the film off before it really has the chance to take off while a shaky camera and CG blood does bring the movie down a notch or two, but there is light at the end of that tunnel for martial arts admirers. Donnie Yen fans may also be slightly disappointed once they realize Yen only has a supporting role. Nevertheless Bodyguards and Assassins is a riveting drama with an unbelievable climax that captures the look and feel of Hong Kong during the early 1900s in exquisite fashion.

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