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The Bodyguard (2016) (DVD) (US Version) DVD Region 1

Sammo Hung (Actor, Director) | Andy Lau (Actor, Producer) | Yuen Biao | Yuen Wah
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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Sammo Hung directs and stars in the highly anticipated crime action drama The Bodyguard! The legendary action star plays a retired security officer suffering from dementia symptoms and the longtime guilt of losing his granddaughter years ago. The aged but still lethal Ding mostly keeps to himself, though he has a soft spot for Cherry (Jacqueline Chan), the little girl next door who likes to come play at his house. Danger comes storming into Ding's quiet neck of the woods when Cherry's good-for-nothing father (Andy Lau) crosses both a Chinese mobster and the Russian mafia. To rescue Cherry, Ding will take on the mob all by himself. Besides Sammo Hung and Andy Lau, The Bodyguard features cameo appearances from a plethora of Hong Kong film veterans including Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Tsui Hark, Dean Shek and Karl Mak.
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Product Title: The Bodyguard (2016) (DVD) (US Version) 特工爺爺 (2016) (DVD) (美國版) 特工爷爷 (2016) (DVD) (美国版) The Bodyguard (2016) (DVD) (US Version) The Bodyguard (2016) (DVD) (US Version)
Artist Name(s): Sammo Hung (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Yuen Biao | Yuen Wah | Dean Shek | Karl Maka | Tsui Hark | Hu Jun | Eddie Peng | Chen Pei Yan | Li Qin Qin | Zhu Yu Chen | Feng Jia Yi | Yuen Qiu | Xiao Song Jia | Du Yi Heng 洪金寶 (Actor) | 劉 德華 (Actor) | 元彪 | 元華 | 石天 | 麥 嘉 | 徐 克 | 胡軍 | 彭于晏 | 陳 沛妍 | 李勤勤 | 朱 雨辰 | 馮嘉怡 | 元 秋 | 小宋佳 | 杜 奕衡 洪金宝 (Actor) | 刘 德华 (Actor) | 元彪 | 元华 | 石天 | 麦 嘉 | 徐 克 | 胡军 | 彭于晏 | 陈 沛妍 | 李勤勤 | 朱 雨辰 | 冯嘉怡 | 元 秋 | 小宋佳 | 杜 奕衡 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) (Actor) | 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 元彪(ユン・ピョウ) | 元華(ユン・ワー) | 石天(ディーン・セキ) | 麥嘉(カール・マッカ) | 徐克(ツイ・ハーク) | 胡軍(フー・ジュン) | 彭于晏(エディ・ポン) | Chen Pei Yan | Li Qin Qin | Zhu Yu Chen | Feng Jia Yi | ユン・チウ | Xiao Song Jia | Du Yi Heng Sammo Hung (Actor) | 유덕화 (Actor) | 원표 | Yuen Wah | Dean Shek | Karl Maka | 서극 | 후 준 | 펑위옌 | Chen Pei Yan | Li Qin Qin | Zhu Yu Chen | Feng Jia Yi | Yuen Qiu | Xiao Song Jia | Du Yi Heng
Director: Sammo Hung 洪金寶 洪金宝 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) Sammo Hung
Producer: Andy Lau | William Kong 劉 德華 | 江 志強 刘 德华 | 江 志强 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) | 江志強(ウィリアム・コン) 유덕화 | William Kong
Release Date: 2016-09-06
UPC Code: 812491017050
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, United States, China
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Package Weight: 95 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1050734671

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Professional Review of "The Bodyguard (2016) (DVD) (US Version)"

September 1, 2016

This professional review refers to The Bodyguard (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Martial arts fans were understandably excited when it was announced that Sammo Hung would be behind the camera again for The Bodyguard, his first film as director since Once Upon a Time in China and America back in 1997. Taking on the lead role himself, Sammo is joined by another top Hong Kong veteran in Andy Lau, the film also featuring a long line of cameos by industry favourites, including Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Tsui Hark, Dean Shek and Karl Mak.

Sammo plays Ding, an elderly retired central security bureau officer who lives by himself, suffering from dementia and haunted by the loss of his granddaughter on a hiking trip years back. Pestered by his amorous landlady (Qinqin Li, Moment in Peking), Ding's best friend is Cherry (Jacqueline Chan), a young girl who lives next door and who likes to come and play in his flat. His quiet life is thrown into chaos when Cherry's father Li (Andy Lau), a gambling-addicted low level hoodlum, runs into trouble after taking on a mission to rob a Russian crime boss, making the decision to keep the spoils for himself. Cherry is kidnapped as a result, forcing Ding to take on both the Chinese and Russian gangs to try and get her back.

The biggest problem faced by The Bodyguard is the expectation of it being a high octane, old school martial arts film, an impression very much played up by the marketing and promotional materials – understandably so, given Sammo Hung's status as a genre icon. As a result, fans will likely be disappointed to learn that the film is instead for the most part a sentimental character drama, focusing mainly on Ding's relationship with Cherry, and on his own struggle with dementia and declining health. On this score, it works well enough, with a few moving moments and effective character developments, Hung managing to hold the interest if never offering anything particularly innovative or gripping. As with some of his earlier works, there's a slightly odd mix of comedy and weightier drama, and the film doesn’t always quite gel, with some jarring scenes that don't really fit. Some good performances help add a little weight to the material, Hung and Lau both doing reasonably well in their roles, though things do get bogged down with melodrama, and it's all a bit sappy and saccharine, something which will likely further turn off anyone looking for fisticuffs.

There are a few fight scenes and brawls scattered throughout, and these are as well-handled and choreographed as would be expected from Sammo, not to mention surprisingly violent, with lots of bone-breaking and blood. Given his age, the martial arts content is measured rather than explosive or acrobatic, and even when taking on a room full of Russian villains, Sammo keeps things grounded and doesn’t hide the limitations of his age. This is true of the film as a whole, which very much seems to be about him coming to terms with his advancing years himself, something that's arguably preferable to seeing him trying to pretend otherwise. With Sammo effectively playing against the persona many would associate him with, though it doesn't deliver exactly what his aficionados might want, the film does at least have somewhat of a personal feel.

There's no getting around the fact that The Bodyguard is relatively disappointing, neither providing much action nor fully convincing as a character drama. Still, there's enough here to entertain, with adjusted expectations, and it’s always great to see Sammo Hung on screen and behind the camera, and it'll be interesting to see where his career goes from here.

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Customer Review of "The Bodyguard (2016) (DVD) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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August 2, 2016

This customer review refers to The Bodyguard (2016) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
An unexpected gem. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Although it might sound like a knock-off of the South Korean masterpiece, 'The Man from Nowhere', with a dash of the 'Red' franchise, this film is an original delight.

And if you thought that having a dementia sufferer as a lead character would make the movie a politically correct sermon or a dull and glacially slow art-house monstrosity, you'd be wrong. It's also not a traditional kung-fu action movie, incidentally - the action forms a coherent part of the plot.

Well-paced, well-balanced, well-scripted and impeccably acted by all concerned, Ding's dementia adds a poignant, bittersweet flavour to an eminently watchable film. The fight scenes are bizarrely enjoyable, or perhaps enjoyably bizarre. The location is just right and well captured, and there are numerous incidental stylistic aspects of the film's production, casting and editing that lift it above its peers.

If, like me, your adventures in Asian cinema began with a young Sammo Hung being chased by jiangshi (hopping vampires), this movie may make you feel your age. But don't let that put you off. This is a well crafted movie that anybody can and most likely will enjoy, whilst reminding a world obsessed with youth, that we all get old some time.

Well worth watching.
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July 26, 2016

This customer review refers to The Bodyguard (2016) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Not What I Thought! Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Well, great fight scenes toward the end but I was a little fooled.

I thought this was going to be a kung-fu extravaganza with all the heavy-hitters such as: Dean Shek, Yuan Wah, Yuen Biao but they were just cameos.

Nonetheless, it was a good story line, but I thought it was going to be more action sequences.

I do see this film being nominated at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Picture.

3 [out of 5] stars from me.
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