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Donnie Yen (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Peter Chan (Producer)
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Hong Kong films don't come much bigger than this. Directed by Teddy Chan and co-produced by Peter Chan, the highly anticipated blockbuster Bodyguards and Assassins brings together an awe-inspiring all-star cast to capture a brief but significant moment in modern Chinese history. Sweeping eight prizes including Best Film and Best Director at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards, Bodyguards and Assassins revolves around Sun Yat-sen's visit to Hong Kong in 1906, and the brave bodyguards who protect him from an assassination attempt. Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nicholas Tse, Asian Film Awards Best Actor Wang Xueqi, Taiwan actor Wang Bo Chieh (Winds of September), NBA basketball player Mengke Bateer, and pop idol Chris Lee portray eight heroes from different walks of life who rise to the occasion in Hong Kong's finest hour. Hu Jun plays the leader of the Qing assassins, while Eric Tsang, Simon Yam, and Fan Bingbing take supporting roles. Zhang Hanyu, Jacky Cheung, and Michelle Reis also make key cameo appearances.

Hong Kong, 1906. Exiled Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen is returning to the British colony to meet with alliance leaders about upcoming plans to insurrect against the Qing imperial government. As the news spreads, both the Qing court and the revolutionaries spring into action. In China, the Qing send out official Xiao Guo (Hu Jun) to spearhead Sun's assassination; in Hong Kong, activist Xiao Bai (Tony Leung) and businessman Li (Wang Xueqi) gather bodyguards to protect Sun. Though pulled into the conflict for very different reasons, crooked cop Chung Yang (Donnie Yen), rickshaw driver Ah Shi (Nic Tse), beggar Lau (Leon Lai), Shaolin monk Stinky Tofu (Mengke Bateer), revolutionary's daughter Hung (Chris Lee), and Li's son Chung Guang (Wang Bo Chieh) all lay down their lives for a common cause: to protect Sun during the fateful hour he's in Hong Kong.

While the first half of Bodyguards and Assassins sets up the revolutionary cause, the action-packed second half rolls out the brutal confrontation between the bodyguards and the assassins. The rickshaw must keep moving, no matter the cost, as the Tung Wai-choreographed action and chase scenes play out in almost real time through a massive set that stunningly recreates early 1900s Hong Kong Central District.

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Product Title: Bodyguards And Assassins (2009) (DVD) (2023 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version) 十月圍城 (2009) (DVD) (2023再版) (香港版) 十月围城 (2009) (DVD) (2023再版) (香港版) 十月圍城 (2009) (DVD) (2023再版) (香港版) Bodyguards And Assassins (2009) (DVD) (2023 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Donnie Yen (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Leon Lai (Actor) | Simon Yam (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Michelle Reis | Wang Xue Qi | Hu Jun (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Cung Le (Actor) | Chris Lee (Actor) | Wang Bo Chieh (Actor) | Mengke Bateer | Lu Zhong (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Zhou Yun (Actor) | Le Cung (Actor) | Shi Yan Neng (Actor) | Jacky Cheung | John Sham 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 黎明 (Actor) | 任達華 (Actor) | 曾志偉 (Actor) | 李嘉欣 | 王學圻 | 胡軍 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 黎烈弓 (Actor) | 李宇春 (Actor) | 王柏傑 (Actor) | 巴特爾 | 呂中 (Actor) | 張涵予 (Actor) | 周韻 (Actor) | 李康 (Actor) | 釋 延能 (Actor) | 張 學友 | 岑建勳 甄 子丹 (Actor) | 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 黎明 (Actor) | 任达华 (Actor) | 曾志伟 (Actor) | 李嘉欣 | 王学圻 | 胡军 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 黎烈弓 (Actor) | 李宇春 (Actor) | 王柏杰 (Actor) | 巴特尔 | 吕中 (Actor) | 张涵予 (Actor) | 周韵 (Actor) | 李康 (Actor) | 释 延能 (Actor) | 张 学友 | 岑建勋 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) (Actor) | 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  (Actor) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 黎明(レオン・ライ) (Actor) | 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) (Actor) | 李嘉欣 (ミッシェル・リー) | 王學圻(ワン・シュエイン) | 胡軍(フー・ジュン) (Actor) | 范冰冰 (ファン・ビンビン) (Actor) | Cung Le (Actor) | 李宇春 (クリス・リー) (Actor) | 王柏傑 (ワン・ポーチェ) (Actor) | Mengke Bateer | Lyu Zhong (Actor) | 張涵予 (チャン・ハンユー) (Actor) | Zhou Yun (Actor) | Le Cung (Actor) | 釋行宇 (シー・シンユー) (Actor) | 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) | 岑建勲(ジョン・シャム) 견자단 (Actor) | 사 정봉 (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Leon Lai (Actor) | 임 달화 (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Michelle Reis | Wang Xue Qi | 후 준 (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Cung Le (Actor) | Chris Lee (Actor) | Wang Bo Chieh (Actor) | Mengke Bateer | Lyu Zhong (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Zhou Yun (Actor) | Le Cung (Actor) | 석연능 (Actor) | 장 학우 | John Sham
Director: Teddy Chen 陳德森 陈德森 陳德森 (テディ・チェン) 진덕삼
Action Director: Tung Wai 董瑋 董玮 董瑋 (トン・ワイ) Tung Wai
Producer: Peter Chan 陳可辛 陈可辛 陳可辛 (ピーター・チャン) Peter Chan
Release Date: 2023-12-22
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 138 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1126449893

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Professional Review of "Bodyguards And Assassins (2009) (DVD) (2023 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 19, 2023

This professional review refers to Bodyguards And Assassins (2009) (Blu-ray) (2023 Reprint) (Hong Kong Version)
After 10 years of tumultuous production history that included rainstorms, labor disputes, suicide, and two spells of depression, Teddy Chan's Bodyguards and Assassins has finally arrived. Anticipation is high, as everything here seems to be screaming "quality": a solid ensemble cast, an intriguing pseudo-historical gimmick, and even Peter Chan's producer stamp of approval (this is the first film under his new Cinema Popular label). Given all the above, it may disappoint some to know that this isn't the best movie of the year. However, it's still an admirable attempt to create a Hollywood-scale Chinese-language blockbuster.

One can say Bodyguards is Hollywood-like in terms of scale - the film reportedly cost more than $150 million RMB to make, much of it going to building a scale replica of Hong Kong's Central District circa 1906 - but it's also Hollywood-like in terms of commercial calculations. The film has a simple historic background ripe for overseas consumption; multiple times, it didactically spells out its ideological self-importance; and it goes out of its way to give each of the 12 major characters - each fulfilling an archetype - at least one major dramatic moment. All the above is done to insure that the hour-plus long exposition in the first half (which breaks the tradition of classic Hong Kong action films, in which action must appear in intervals) will make the action-packed second half more than worth the wait.

Fortunately, the first half of exposition introduces enough involving characters and situations that it's more than effective in getting audience emotionally involved in the story. In 1906 Hong Kong, democratic activist Chen Xiao-Bai (Tony Leung Ka-Fai) gets word that friend and revolutionary figure Sun Yat-Sen (Zhang Hanyu, in heavy make-up) will be visiting Hong Kong to meet with other activist leaders about overthrowing the Qing government. Chen's propaganda newspaper is funded by politically indifferent businessman Li Yue-Tang (Wang Xueqi, the closest thing to a lead actor of the film), who is adamantly against his son Chung-Guang (Wang Bo-Chieh) joining Chen's revolutionary movement.

With news of Sun's impending trip reaching China, the Qing court sends out its best assassin Xiao-Guo (Hu Jun) to make sure the revolution leader sleeps with the fishes before he reaches the meeting. Xiao-Guo and his gang first wipe out a group of veteran soldiers, led by Fang Tian (Simon Yam), who were charged with protecting Sun, and then kidnap Chen. When Li decides to drop his indifference and keep his missing friend's hope alive by taking up the mission, he realizes he'll need a strong group of bodyguards to make sure Sun gets out of Hong Kong alive. That group includes Tian's daughter Hung (pop star Li Yuchun), family rickshaw driver Ah Si (Nicholas Tse), street vendor/ex-Shaolin monk Stinky Tofu (NBA player Mengke Bateer), disgraced aristocrat-turned-beggar Prince Lau (Leon Lai), and policeman/gambling addict Chung-Yang (Donnie Yen), who was once a spy for the Chinese assassins. With the assassins surrounding Central ready to attack and the British-run police force refusing to interfere, will the group of ragtag misfits help Sun get out of the city alive? Which of them will survive the deadly attacks of the Qing court?

With very little action in the first half, the film's four screenwriters (plus several more, who go uncredited) wisely take their time to set up the big climax. They not only create situations to bring these people together, they also flesh out the characters by giving each an agenda as they go into battle. Despite the overly didactic talk about the glory of the revolution (surprisingly, the word "democracy" gets thrown around a lot for a film essentially made for China) and obviously calculated emotions (the subplot with Ah Si's marriage could easily have been scrapped), the filmmakers' focus on characters makes the first half involving. With solid performances from the cast, especially Wang's commanding businessman and Tse's convincing simpleton (though Ah Si's close relationship with Chung-Guang may be a little too close for comfort), Bodyguards and Assassins is a surprisingly engaging drama up to that point.

Then the big finale arrives. In nearly real-time, Chan connects multiple major action sequences together as one big hour-long finale. Every character gets to do their part, and it's easy to get involved with their ultimate fates. However, Chan fails to impress visually with the action, opting for MTV-style close-ups and quick edits that intensify the pace without making the action coherent enough for the audience to see. Even with the presence of Donnie Yen, who volunteered to reshoot and choreograph several action scenes, the use of wire in his fight scenes takes the viewers out of the relatively realistic nature of the other action sequences. Donnie performs adequately, but even his presence can't elevate the action. It's exciting to finally see the set used to its fullest, and there are some exciting moments, but Chan overemphasizes the character drama, cutting the action scenes (especially Prince Lau's one-against-many showdown) to serve the emotional tone of the story.

Theoretically, it's fine to mix lots of slow-motion emoting and teary eyes with fragments of ass-kicking if its done in the name of the revolution. However, when Chan and his scriptwriters spend over half the film to build anticipation for a potentially action-packed second half, it's a little disappointing when the action doesn't deliver. On the other hand, with Chan leading an impressive technical team and a solid ensemble cast, Bodyguards and Assassins is as close to quality as it gets when it comes to big-budget Chinese blockbusters. While the story itself holds very little surprise, Chan's emphasis on storytelling over kinetic action is truly surprising. The fact that it's a more of an emotional drama than an action film may disappoint a foreign audience expecting Donnie to single-handedly wipe out the bad guys, but Bodyguards and Assassins is still well-calculated and solid commercial entertainment that will pack seats and earn box office in China and Hong Kong. After all the trouble they've gone through, the two Chans can now rest easily.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.6 out of 10 (10)

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September 14, 2011

This customer review refers to Bodyguards And Assassins (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
3 people found this review helpful

very sad film Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Before buying the item I read lot of negative reviews of Body and Assassins and how crap it was.But I didn't care because it had Donnie Yen in it and I am Donnie Yen fan.
After watching the film it surpassed my expectation.I thought it was shot and choreographed very well.Setting the story in the past was also done well.The actors,including Donnie Yen and Nicolas Tse, played their part good and you really do feel the pain and sence of honor these character go through in this journey.

My only downside with the film is that the director didn't put enough action in the first half and didn' put Donnie Yen in many scenes.Other than that everything else was perfect.

Highly recommended.
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January 8, 2011

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3 people found this review helpful

Very good and exciting historical drama Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This was an ambitious project that accomplished what it set out to do. Great direction, a cast that does a very good job, and a very good story about redemption and fighting for what you believe in.

The unfortunate thing about this movie is how it was marketed as a non-stop action film starring Donnie Yen and it isn't. It was a drama first and foremost, and saved the action for when it was necessary.

This is an ensemble piece where every actor is important. Tony Leung Kai-Fai is very good as the man who helps orchestrate Sun Yat Sen's protection, and Nicholas Tse is very endearing as a young man who finds himself caring for this cause. Donnie Yen also plays a good supporting role as a has-been soldier who abandoned his family and finds a chance at righting past wrongs.

One particular stand-out is Leon Lai, who after being shown living on hard times, joins the cause. He has a fight scene in which he defeats several assassins with a giant iron fan.

This movie is best enjoyed as a drama. The action scenes are also dramatic and serve to move the story forward. All in all, everything is done well, and the movie is one of the best of it's year.
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September 7, 2010

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Don't miss it! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Bodyguards and Assassins" is an eye-popping, star-studded big screen historical epic bursting with intrigue, romance, action, and heroism. While the film employs state-of-the-art CGI technology, it succeeds due to its embrace of old-fashioned themes and a traditional approach to story-telling. Set in 1906, the movie tells of a brief visit by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen to Hong Kong in order to coordinate revolutionary efforts with leaders of the colony's underground revolutionary movement. China's moribund Qing Dynasty has caught wind of Dr. Sun's impending visit and hopes to seize the opportunity to terminate this threat to its existence by assassinating him. The revolutionary leaders in Hong Kong want just as desperately to ensure Dr. Sun's safe passage.

The story takes place entirely within the span of four days, a brief period in which those involved must get off the fence and either live up to their highest ideals or sell out to their worst instincts. The focal point of the film becomes a strategy to protect Dr. Sun by setting up a diversion, an approach that puts at risk the lives of everyone involved. The movie's gripping tale is wonderfully immersed in the world of turn-of-the-century Hong Kong. The movie's set, set decoration, and costuming give the viewer of life in the parlors of the privileged and on the gritty streets of that world. The impressive cast boasts terrific performances by Tony Leung Ka Fai as the driving force of the local revolutionary movement, Wang Xueqi as a business tycoon torn between patriotism and self-interest, Wang Bo Chieh as the tycoon's idealistic son, Nicholas Tse as the tycoon's loyal rickshaw puller, and Donnie Yen as a dissolute policeman who has squandered his marriage and career.

"Bodyguards and Assassins" grabbed me and never let go. I was captivated by the way it managed to bring its epic events to life on a down-to-earth scale through the very real human decisions with which its vivid characters are confronted. It shows how world-changing revolutions are built upon a foundation of individual sacrifices. Very highly recommended.
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June 5, 2010

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1 people found this review helpful

Good film, but could have been better Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I was really impressed about the cast before watching the film. The storyline was solid. Most of the cast gave a great performance with a couple of exceptions. 1. Nicholas' win as best supporting actor was overrated in my opinion. His acting was .. really... just acting, and you could tell. Hu Jun, Tony Leung, even Donnie Yen were much much better in the film. 2. Leon Lai was another dissappointment. He can't be blamed, but whoever decided to cast him as a good martial arts artist was really out of his mind. Especially when you have other great MA artists in the same film. Plot - good, easy to follow storyline. Set - really well built with many great details. Action - the fight involving the BIG guy was really over the top and brought the film down a bit since it was supposedly a historical event. The hugely anticipated fight between Donnie Yen and Cung Le was so choppily edited that it felt like a waste to both men. The best scene in the film was the chase scene with Donnie and Cung Le, which was choreographed by Donnie at the end of filming. It was done superbly with minimal wiring. Another top notch delivery by Donnie Yen. Also kudos to Donnie is his acting skills. Again, he has shown that he's matured to play such a complicated character. He should've been nominated for best supporting actor.
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April 20, 2010

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Best Supporting Actor Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I beg to differ --- Why did Nicolas Tse receive the Best Supporting Actor for his role in this movie??? He
is not as convincing as Hu Jun. Hu Jun played the leader of Ching assassins so well ... Look at his
expressions, his movements, his lines, .... Hu Jun's acting skills is so much better.

Also, it'd have been much better if Winston Chao was given the role of Dr. Sun. I couldn't recognize Zhang
Hanyu in that stiffy acting - not like him at all.
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