Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng) Reviews
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.
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.
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.