Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng) (2010)
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as Sun Yat-sen
as Sum Chung-yang
as Lau Luk-yak
as Li Yuetang
as Prof. Chen Xiaobai
as Li Yuetang
as Ka-fai Ah-si
as Yan Xiaoguo
as Fang Hong
as Sa Zhenchan
as Chief of Police
as Wang Fuming
as Fang Tian
as Yang Quyun
Critic Reviews for Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng)
For Occidental eyes, 'Bodyguards and Assassins' is more of a playful recreation of history than anything else.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng)
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.
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!!
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.
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