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Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)

Shi yue wei cheng (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 18 December 2009 (China)
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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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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.

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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 Shanghai 13 (1984) See more »

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Powerful, logical and heartbreaking.
18 February 2010 | by lmortinSee all my reviews

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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