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Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng) Reviews

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½ February 19, 2014
Starting off captivating & quite heroic until the action sequences began.
December 28, 2013
Meme s'il prend un peu trop de temps a exposer son intrigue, qui pourra paraitre un peu compliquee pour des non-inities a l'histoire de Hong Kong, Bodyguards and Assassins peut s'appuyer sur un second acte tres reussi, grace a la mise en scene de Teddy Chan, capable d'orchestrer des combats impressionnants (Donnie Yen vs Cung Le!) aux enjeux dramatiques d'une efficacite redoutable. Nicholas Tse est incroyable.
December 4, 2013
Not your typical HK films as this one has a a pretty good story line and is a period piece. Of course the action is top notch, but you'll have to wait till the end to catch it. Really good character builder, you truly seemed to care what happens to these guys.
November 22, 2013
Another awesome movie. A must see.
½ July 3, 2013
Although not usually a martial arts movie fan, this film appealed to me because of the length that let the character build up make you care about them before the action got started, and the historic setting let the message of the movie come through--the sacrifice so many were willing to make for the future of others. But the knowledge of history that tells you that this revolutionary dream didn't last very long and that it would be replaced by a new tyrannical monarchy of Communist leaders who would be even more repressive than the dynasties of emperors ever had been makes one feel depressed that such sacrifices in this case were really in vain.
February 8, 2013
Very dramatic and serious story about an important period in modern world history. The fight scenes are of course somewhat improbable, but nonetheless satisfying in a dramatic sense and on what may be termed a moral level.

Enjoy the fight scenes or not--they do in fact further the story--the narrative is compelling, the characters engaging and the tension very real. A satisfying ending to the story, which is, after all, based on historical events. A darned good film. Watch it.
½ January 17, 2013
Damned fine movie, the first hour sets the scene and characters the second hour is one long gripping fight for survival battle in the streets of hong kong at the turn of the century in this historic re-enactment of an assassination attempt on Dr Sun Yat Sen.
December 27, 2012
This is NOT Hollywood type Kick-Ass. This is NOT an Arty House of Daggeers.
This is a historical drama with some neat kung-fu thrown in. Beautiful to look at. From the elegance of the costumes to the dirty streets in the ghetto.
Bodyguards and Assassins has charm, tragedy, drama, loyalty, respect, ignorance and more going for it. Slightly long but thoroughly enjoyable.
I was unaware of this part of Chinas history (boy do the English come off bad yet again) and I'm glad I watched it.
November 17, 2012
Disappointing. Donnie Yen was underutilized. Definitely no IP Man.
November 6, 2012
Spectacular historical action epic that swept the awards at Hongkong. Gripping, inspiring and emotionally satisfying, focuses on the moment when China struggled to transform from an Empire into a Republic and the countless sacrifices made to make that dream a reality.
October 23, 2012
Although there is action, there are only a few martial arts fights. The film is not a 'martial arts blockbuster', but rather an oriental historical drama featuring popular chinese actors. What was in my opinion a bit odd was that many characters were given too little background history and Donnie Yen's character had also too few fights for a kung fu movie featuring Donnie Yen.. I got this movie on DVD.
Cultural revolution, espionage, plotting and so on, is rather interesting and has potential, but first of all the potential has been squandered into over much dramatic dialogue and the film has been advertised as an martial arts film - which it is not. Melodrama is abound, and although the acting is well done, and the sets and directing is fine, the film, again, is not martial arts.
It is a long and slow-paced political historical drama with a few action scenes and a melodramatic nature. Not bad as a historical drama, but it really is not martial arts - or even an action movie.
October 1, 2012
worth it just to see donnie yen and cung le battle it out on screen an excellent film
September 27, 2012
Well done historical action drama, it gets a little confusing because of the sheer size of the cast, but it looks great, has some outstanding fight scenes and a great example of what happens when a human runs full speed into a galloping horse, just in case you ever wanted to know what that looked like.
September 2, 2012
A movie whose most interesting feature is its English-translated title.
½ September 1, 2012
Like Ong Bak but with an actual gripping story
July 13, 2012
Here it is, the historical, political, Kung Fu, action, thriller. And it is good. Very good. With some of the biggest name actors from Hong Kong and mainland cinema.
June 25, 2012
one of the best kung fu movies ever made!
June 24, 2012
Interesting and engaging political thriller with an exciting chase sequence unlike any I have seen. Unfortunately, like so many films of its kind, it is advertised as a non-stop fountain of martial arts action, which it is definitely not. This may be a disappointment for some viewers expecting another Ip Man or Fearless, and the complexity and instability of early 1900's Chinese politics make it slightly difficult for "western" viewers to relate. That said, this film is worth your time and should be given a chance. Rent it.
June 12, 2012
A nicely done movie. A great combination of character driven story that intertwines stylized martial arts. It never sticks to the one or the other for to long until the end. You develop a good sense of the characters so by the time the climax starts you feel for everyone. I've seen quite a few Chinese movies but not an expert on their history so how accurate it is I couldn't tell you but still entertaining non the less.
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