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Bodyguards And Assassins [DVD]


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  • Actors: Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Xueqi Wang
  • Directors: Tsui Hark
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cine-Asia presents Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2012
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00792TXEG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,211 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Starring Asian superstar Donnie Yen (IP Man, Seven Swords) from the producer of The Warlords.

Before Dr Sun Yat-Sen can become the Father of Modern China by instigating the revolution of 1911 that overthrows the Qing Dynasty he must survive the fateful date of October 15, 1905.

Yat-Sen arrives in Hong Kong for a secret meeting to establish a united anti-Qing revolutionary front and over the distance of just thirteen blocks the one man who holds a nations fate must survive relentless attempts on his life with only five bodyguards.

These are no ordinary bodyguards, instead these are a motley group of ordinary men and women who posses extraordinary fight skills. October 15, 1905 will be the day that ultimately shapes the life of these five unsung heroes and the history of China forever.

Special Features:

- 16:9 Anamorphic version
- Dolby Digital Mandarin 2.0 & 5.1
- English Subtitles
- Behind the scenes footage: Set design, Costume and make-up, Character, Action

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mitun on 5 July 2010
Format: DVD
'Bodyguards and Assassins' is a Hong Kong action-drama feature that released in 2009 to positive reviews and was a hit at the box-office.

The movie was one of the most anticipated Hong Kong features of 2009 as it was a big budget multi-starrer. It was nominated for a record 18 Hong Kong Film Awards, winning 8 awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Nicholas Tse), Best Action Choreography, Best Original Film Score, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Make Up Design.

The story concentrates on the events occurring in 1905 when Sun Wen (revolutionary) intends to come to Hong Kong to discuss his plans for revolution with his coleagues to overthrow the corrupt and falling Qing Dynasty (rulers of China). As a result, the dynasty sends a group of dangerous assassins to kill Sun Wen, initiating a battle of good versus evil.

The first three quarters of the movie is pure character development and a build of emotions, which helps the audience connect with the actors. The start is slow, but the engaging storyline highly compensates. The movie then has a fantastic final thirty minutes where we experience tension, excitement and emotions to the max with a hint of action.

All the actors in the movie perform brilliantly. The ones who stand out are Wang Xueqi (Li Yutang) who produces a mature performance, the underrated Wang Po-chieh (Li Chongguang), Nicholas Tse (A'si) who won all the accolades and the scary Hu Jun (Hu Jun) who seems like a true villain.

Now coming to my favourite actor in the movie, Donnie Yen, he steals the show, even though he only plays a supporting character. He doesn't fight much in the movie but when he does, it's the best one. Yen on this occassion mainly works on the emotions and nails it.
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By Not rushed on 1 Feb 2013
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If you like action and a good story then this is ok. I do not like the flying with wires and unreal stunts. This has very very little of the unreal since it is based off of true story. Good actors with their usual acrobatic and martial skills.
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This film was not what I was expecting, pleasently suprised really enjoyed it
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tan on 14 Mar 2011
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This movie is one of the best asian movies I have ever seen. It has a good story, good acting and good fighting scenes!. It is bloody but I think it depicts the reality when you fight with such power. The story of revolution against the Manchu government and how the people tried very hard to protect Sun Yat Sen from being murdered is just awesome. The title should be "The blood of revolution" or "Blood path of revolution" or something like that. The beginning is perhaps a bit slow, but it is necessary to build up the tense and the drama that followed. The scene of pre-war Hongkong is really good and the acting of the key figures is very good indeed!. I think this movie is a bit undervalued, it deserves four stars!!.
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14 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Milt M. R. Ingarfield on 17 Feb 2010
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This epic story set in Hong Kong at the turn of the 20th Century directed by Teddy Chan and starring Donnie Yen who appeared in Blade 2 in blink and you miss him part of Snowman, for some this film would be a bit slow and if you are expecting a martial arts type of movie where the characters seem to start fighting for no particular reason you will be disappointed, the fighting that is in the movie is all part of the plot and not the only reason to make the film.

I found the combat scenes involving swords and other oriental weapons such as metal fans and the like pretty spectacular especially the scene in the Opera house and the closing street battle where the actors are not only fighting hand to hand but bouncing off buildings and fending attacks from crossbows from above street level, all this is set against the visit of Doctor Sun who has come to talk.

The running time of 139 minutes for me just melted away as I got involved in the story, the DVD is presented in 2.25:1 aspect and has an excellent 5.1 surround track that bangs and crashes at the right moments this film is entertaining not only for the action but for the acting and story.
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By Saleem R. on 5 Nov 2014
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Everything was excellent thank u
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Good product and great service
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Harrison on 17 Oct 2010
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This is a film in two halfs in my opinion, the first hour is slow and it sets the scene for the second hour which is mainly action packed. I was alittle bored by the first hour as not alot happens, but it does set up a few good characters. The second part I really enjoyed and was on the edge of my seat all the way through it. I did however prefer the action scenes in Ip Man and Empress and the Warriors.

Don't be miss lead by the film having Donnie Yen on the front as his character isnt in it that much and he is involved in one fight scene near the end of the movie. Overall this is a decent film which is a must see for fans of Chinese history and not one for action fans.
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