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Bodyguards and Assassins [DVD] [2009]
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2010
'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. His performance in the movie has been overlooked for some reason.

The main flaw in the movie is that there are too many actors and not enough time to accomodate them. As a result of this there are too many sub-plots, which eat into each other. The other thing that works against the movie is the misleading title, trailer and marketing campaign which suggests that the movie is an out-and-out actioner with Donnie Yen in the lead. This is not the case as Yen is only a supporting actor and the movie is mainly drama and not much action barring the climax.

The direction provided by Teddy Chen who won best director at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards is worthy of an applause. He successfully managed to pull off a big budget movie with so many actors.

The background music score by Chan Kwong Wing and Peter Kam adds to the movies emotions.

All the action is saved for the end. It's well shot and exciting.

The movie starts slow, however if it's given some time and attention, you'll be blown away at the end.

'Bodyguards and Assassins' has moving drama that packs a punch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2014
This film was not what I was expecting, pleasently suprised really enjoyed it
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on 1 February 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2015
A quality film. Great story, acting and martial arts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2015
not enough of Donnie Yen but generally a good film
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2011
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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on 17 July 2015
Fantastic story stunning fight scenes. One for the collection.
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15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2010
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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on 3 December 2014
Good product and great service
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on 25 January 2015
Very nice but so sad movie
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