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Bodyguard: A New Beginning (2008)

'A New Beginning' focuses around the story of Leung, the bodyguard of a Chinese Triad boss, Wong, to whom his loyalty is unrivaled. Living in Hong Kong, Wong requests that his bodyguard ... See full summary »

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Vincent Sze ... Leung
... Wong
... Kai
... Chloe
... Yuen
... Hui
Vincent Lam Wai ... Shen
James Jim-Si Ha ... Wei (as James Ha)
... Assassin Brother Alex
... Assassin Brother Chad
Mike Leeder ... Kurtz
... Mendez
Ian Powers ... Cole
Yuri Ting ... Ramirez
... Sarah
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'A New Beginning' focuses around the story of Leung, the bodyguard of a Chinese Triad boss, Wong, to whom his loyalty is unrivaled. Living in Hong Kong, Wong requests that his bodyguard travel to the UK to protect a young British woman, whose true identity is known only by Wong himself. Even his own errant son, Yuen, is kept in the dark, which leads to a betrayal that threatens to destroy the family and all that his father has worked hard to protect. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama

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Rated R for violence including a brief sexual assault, and language | See all certifications »

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6 November 2008 (Czech Republic)  »

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The film's assassin brothers Chad & Alex, played by Mark Strange and Nathan Lewis are named in homage to the very different "twin brothers" of Double Impact (1991). While "Double Impact" saw Jean-Claude Van Damme adopting different hairstyles and dress sense to play the twin brothers, "The Bodyguard A New Begining" takes it a little further by having two actors from different races play the non-identical twins. See more »

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Not the routine action movie you might expect
16 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Director Chee Keong Cheung's strengths and weaknesses as a filmmaker are as evident in Bodyguard: A New Beginning (2008) as they were in his debut Underground (2007). Both are ambitious, ensemble films blending melodrama and martial arts action, as lavishly filmed as their budgets allowed. Cheung clearly has the best eye of all the directors of independent British action films but has yet to master his craft. While the characterisation and plotting are more coherent than in Underground a lack of focus is still apparent. Vincent Sze is ostensibly the lead, but he's largely silent and fails to make much of an impression. He's not presented as the next Jet Li as one expects. Instead it is experienced co-star Richard Ng who effortlessly emerges as the real star. Shot partly in Hong Kong and featuring Hollywood villain Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Bodyguard is a distinctive if not wholly successful film that's well worth seeking out.


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