Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng)

2010

Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng)

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Donnie Yen and MMA fighter Cung Le star in this gripping martial arts blockbuster set in the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong in 1905. The revolutionary movement has spread throughout China, but the corrupt Qing dynasty will do anything to hold on to its power. As Sun Yat-Sen prepares for a historic meeting that will shape the future of the country, a motley crew of men and women are entrusted to protect him from a group of deadly assassins who will stop at nothing to kill him. Winner of eight Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film, and featuring an hour-long battle sequence unlike anything attempted before, it's a pivotal action epic that's being hailed as "a satisfying mix of politics, personal sacrifice and death-or glory combat" (Richard Kuipers, Variety). -- (C) Indomina

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Critic Reviews for Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng)

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  • With its stirring dramas, riveting suspense and engaging performances, Bodyguards and Assassins focuses on a tiny moment in time to suggest that we are all in fact part of an ongoing revolution.

    September 5, 2010
  • This is not primarily a Donnie Yen film. It is an ensemble cast. There is nothing wrong with that, but the film was sold to me as a Donnie Yen film. Don't get those hopes up.

    April 2, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A good story engagingly told, rich in strong performances and beautifully shot and directed.

    February 9, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • Like so much junk food, it tastes good at the time and hits the spot but is forgotten a few hours later.

    May 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For Occidental eyes, 'Bodyguards and Assassins' is more of a playful recreation of history than anything else.

    May 13, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A group of politically active citizens led a campaign to protect revolutionary leader Dr. Sun Wen from Qing assassins. That means I get to see Asian dudes kick each other.

    May 3, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng)

  • Sep 17, 2011
    My husband would tell you that he sat through the drama to get to the really good action parts. I loved the whole package. Excellently done!!
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2011
    Highly awesome period action Hong Kong film. Powerful, logical and heartbreaking. This is about the assassination attempt of Dr Sun Yat Sen in Hong Kong. The first hour of this movie is entirely about setting up the characters, making you understand them and care about them. I really enjoyed this film has avoid to use mindless clichés, like ultimate fight of good vs. evil. Five 'bodyguard' characters were very brave for their life to fight over a group of assassins to protect the revolutionary Dr Sun Wen. The acting is excellent all around, many of the actors are major stars, such as Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Leon Lai, and Tony Leung Ka-Fai, but the film is an ensemble piece and each star disappears into their character, many of whom are playing against type. The action is top notch, as expected with Donnie Yen's involvement. Yen has a brutal fight with Cung Le that involves some very nice choreography and some parkour action as well. Set, editing, camera work, action direction all become an integral part of this top-notch motion picture, which must be recognized as among the very best of Chinese language motion pictures in recent memory. I highly recommend this one.
    Dean M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2010
    Is there such a thing as a historical-political-martial arts-thriller? If there wasn't before, there is now. Bodyguards and Assassin's is about a group of people struggling to protect a man crucial to the rebellion against the Qing Dynasty from a group of assassins sent to kill him. Great cast and the last part of the movie is pretty amazing, but I found a lot of the first half to be boring. Maybe that's because I'm not familiar with the actual history behind the story, but Bodyguards & Assassins was just an "okay" movie to me.
    Lewis C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2010
    a story of uprising, here being against a dynasty ruling china, a man makes his way to hong kong, under british rule to put in motion the overthrow, its here we get t know the peple prepared to risk there lives fr the cause, a interesting film, showing the times and plitical climate, but also for a asian film, spectacular action throughout, a great lok to it, and it always entertains, the story takes yu places,
    scott g Super Reviewer

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