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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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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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,604,537
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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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Remake of Chi dan hao han (1974) See more »

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Doesn't know what sort of movie it wants to be.
16 March 2010 | by karl-612-197160See all my reviews

I had been looking forward to seeing this movie as the advertising had billed it as something of a period epic, something along the lines of a Hong Kong "Gangs of New York".

I have to say that the sets and reconstruction of 1906 Hong Kong were very good, but there were some occasions where the matte backgrounds didn't quite gel with the foreground.

The story on the whole was very good, with the key characters either learning or demonstrating the link between sacrifice and revolution. However I think this movie loses effectiveness by trying to do too much.

For a film such as this which tries to be a historical epic, the wire-fu stunts look incredibly out of place. It would have been far more effective to keep the stunts grounded in reality. The wire-fu stunts work well in films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero where there is an element of fantasy to the whole story. For a story that is purportedly a historical account all it serves to do is remind the viewer that he is watching a movie, not real events.

I also found the inclusion of Mengke Bateer off-putting. A seven-foot Chinese in 1906 Hong Kong doesn't seem very believable to me. I suspect that he was put there to get a few cheap jokes, as the character would have been just as believable as a six-foot well-built person.

These may seem like minor issues, but for me they detracted from what could have been a truly excellent film.


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