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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

Edison Wang ... Li Chung-Guang (as Bo-Chieh Wang)

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
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
Edmond Kin-Yip Wong ... Shot policeman
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 Ho-Sun Chan .... producer (as Peter Chan)
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
Eddie Liu .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Yiu-San Chow .... assistant production manager (as Yiu San Chow)
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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Additional Details

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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
hugely watchable, 9 December 2010
Author: thisissubtitledmovies from

excerpt, more at my location - When introducing Bodyguards And Assassins – a film based around the real life actions of his grandfather, Peter Sun was asked to comment on the historical accuracy of the film. A laugh went around the auditorium, perhaps filled with veterans of previous Donnie Yen films. Peter Sun laughed, too. Clearly, in bringing the film to the big screen, some embellishments had to be made. Bad news perhaps for scholars of Chinese political history, but great news for fans of martial arts cinema.

In saying this, Peter Sun effectively conceded that Bodyguards And Assassins is not really a film about his grandfather. Dr Sun appears in the film only briefly. But through the skilled interweaving of political thriller and Chinese hero myth, the film succeeds in conveying his importance, in the willingness of ordinary and extra-ordinary people alike to sacrifice everything for his success. In that, Bodyguards And Assassins is not just a hugely watchable martial arts experience, but a surprisingly effective vehicle for a political subtext that echoes in China to this day.

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