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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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Bodyguards and Assassins -- '5 hours, 13 blocks.
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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'Bodyguards and Assassins' sells at Afm
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 5 November 2009, 4:00 AM, PST)

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Powerful, logical and heartbreaking. See more (32 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 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
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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25 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Powerful, logical and heartbreaking., 18 February 2010
Author: Mortin from Hungary

First of all, I'm not familiar with Chinese history, so I wouldn't say anything about its historical bases. Still, this movie worth the time with no doubt. No matter where you live.

Powerful, logical and heartbreaking. I say powerful because we got a well painted picture about the main characters in the first half. Yes, the movie does not only focus on the high profile action scenes and blood. That's one of its strengths. The audience - this time it's me - had enough time to acquaint the persons and like them. For this reason losing some of them is a heartbreaking effect in the second half. I think it's not a spoiler. Anyone can guess it who has seen the trailer. The acting is OK (some actors were great, especially Xueqi Wang) but my opinion is that the script and the director have done this movie for that it is. I really enjoyed that the movie has avoid to use mindless clichés, like ultimate fight of good vs. evil. The main bad character had also deep conviction that he has been doing the right thing for his country/highness. As it is so, for me, he was authentic in his role.

Now there's only one word has to be explained - logical. Unfortunately I can't do it without revealing some moments from the story, so I leave it to you. Find it out yourself. If you like heroic tales, you should love it.

I hope this movie will be released on DVD in my country, too.

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