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My Beloved Bodyguard (2016)

Wo de te gong ye ye (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | August 2016 (USA)
A retired bodyguard who has settled into a corner of the world where China, Russia and North Korea meet as he suffers from early dementia finds a new friend in a young girl. When her life ... See full summary »

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Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

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Jun Jiang
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Ding
Jacqueline Chan Jacqueline Chan ... Cherry Li
Qinqin Li ... Park Seon Nun
Andy Lau ... Li Zheng Jiu
James Lee Guy James Lee Guy ... Sergei
Tomer Oz ... Vasily
Dean Shek ... Old Man
Karl Maka ... Old Man
Hark Tsui ... Old Man
Biao Yuen ... Cop
Eddie Peng ... Cop
Jun Hu ... Cop
Jia Song ... Cherry's Mother
Shaofeng Feng ... Doctor Hu
Wah Yuen ... Mail Man
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A retired bodyguard who has settled into a corner of the world where China, Russia and North Korea meet as he suffers from early dementia finds a new friend in a young girl. When her life is threatened by her father's connection with a local crime lord, .the bodyguard must call upon his long forgotten skills to save her. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | Russian

Release Date:

August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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2.35 : 1
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Sammo's still got it
3 May 2016 | by darrenmurray84See all my reviews

My Beloved Bodyguard is the first film Sammo Hung has directed in almost 20 years. Although not one of Hung's classics, this is still streets ahead of what the critical reviews have said.

Originally My Beloved Bodyguard was to star both Hung and Jackie Chan, in the Andy Lau role. The film has obviously went through some rewrites since then, as I can't see Chan playing the type of role that Lau plays here.

The plot of the film steals somewhat from movies like " Man on Fire" and the "Man from Nowhere", with Hung as a retired Civil Servant protecting a young girl. In this case it is local triads, who Lau, the child's father, owes money too.

Some reviews have complained about the lack of action in the movie. Must having been watching something else, as there are a number of good action/fight scenes in the movie. There's an excellent chase sequence with Lau and a number of gangsters, that is only let down by being a bit short, then a fight between Sammo and some thugs who come to his house. Then there is the extended finale, with Hung taking on a group of gangsters. Unlike the comedic fights Hung used to take part in, this is just brutal, with multiple limbs being broken.

The film has been harmed somewhat by its advertising campaign which shows the actors, some of which are legends like Yuen Biao & Yuen Wah, that appear in the movie in action poses. Unfortunately most of the actors on the posters only appear in the film in limited cameos, which is a shame. This isn't a fault of the film, as i'm sure Sammo had nothing to do with the advertising.

On the performance side, Sammo is his usual self. His fans won't be disappointed. Lau is also good, in the only other lead role of the film. Only Lau could turn a somewhat waste of space, into a likable character. Lau also acts as the films producer.

On the directing side, Sammo shows his skill behind the camera, and although his action scenes are more edited that in the past, his choreography still shines through. Only drawback is his overuse of a blurry slow-mo effect which can be somewhat distracting.

If you are a fan of Hong Kong cinema and/or Sammo Hung, I would definitely recommend "My Beloved Bodyguard".


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