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Shi yue wei cheng (2009)

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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.

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Teddy Chan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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.

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To save a nations future, they must protect one man from its past.

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Action | Drama | History

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

18 December 2009 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Bodyguards and Assassins See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Donnie Yen's character dies, he is hit by Jun Hu's character's horse. Immediately after he is hit, the scene is cut to Jun Hu running on foot towards Yen's body. Where did the horse go? See more »

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Version of Shang Hai tan: Shi san tai bao (1984) See more »

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Thoughtful, character driven, and highly awesome
25 January 2010 | by Matt-60See all my reviews

Just had the pleasure of watching this, I had heard good things about it and when it popped up on a torrent site I leaped at the chance. Please note, I don't support piracy and downloading, but since this is not available stateside yet my options are limited. Needless to say, this one is a buy for sure on DVD, hopefully there will be a blu ray release with good subtitles at some point. This is a star studded period action film about the assassination attempt of Dr Sun Yat Sen in Hong Kong. The first hour of this movie is entirely about setting up the characters, making you understand them and care about them. In fact there is only one action scene in the first hour, which existed to drive the plot and define the motivation of the woman who would become one of the bodyguards. Don't worry, the kung fu awesomeness will begin, the entire second half of the movie is one very well done action sequence after another. But the set up really matters here, it is very engaging and later on when all these characters come together to protect Dr Sen, you care about each one and when some die, you feel it. The acting is excellent all around, many of the actors are major stars, such as Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Leon Lai, and Tony Leung Ka Fai, but the film is an ensemble piece and each star disappears into their character, many of whom are playing against type. The action is top notch, as expected with Donnie Yen's involvement. Yen has a brutal fight with Cung Le that involves some very nice choreography and some parkour action as well. All of these scenes are enhanced by the fact that you care quite a bit if this character lives or dies. My only complaint would be the villain, played by Red Cliff's Jun Hu. I felt his character was a little over the top, I would have liked him to have been more in control. But it is a minor quibble in a film with a great many strengths. I highly recommend this one, check it out.


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