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Bodyguards & Assassins

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BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS follows a motley crew of five men and women fighting for freedom and democracy, the ultimate goal is to overthrow the corrupt Qing dynasty. In this action-packed martial arts film, the gang must work together to protect Sun Yat-Sen who is destined to lead them to a new, modern China from a group of deadly assassins.  They must act with their courage, strength and conscience and ignite a revolution.


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  • Actors: Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Cung Le
  • Directors: Teddy Chan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VW4V9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By tiger on August 7, 2010
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I love this movie. This is as good as Ip Man and better than Ip Man 2. The only minus is that I thought this DVD can play both cantonese and mandarin, but found out that it can only play in mandarin.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By William Bolton on February 23, 2010
This is a great movie. It has a good pseudo-historical story about Sun Yat-Sen visiting Hong Kong in 1906 to plan a revolution against the empress and the government of China. The empress when she learns of the visit dispatches a small army of ninjas to assassinate him. The first hour of the film introduces the location, the very diverse characters and the story. The second hour is non-stop action as Sun arrives, the ninjas and their fearsome leader attempt to kill him, and the motley group of characters we've been introduced to attempt to thwart them and save Sun. There's a lot of heroism and loyalty on display here, and some unforgettable fight scenes. The one that pits Donnie Yen against the ninja champion is probably the most thrilling because he has the skills but the others are powerful,too. In every respect this movie is exceptional, the direction, the acting, the cinematography, the set creation, and the scoring. It's a classic.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By C. Sawin VINE VOICE on July 31, 2011
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Whenever I find myself getting lost in conversations with other people about martial arts films one of the guys that always seems to get glossed over is Donnie Yen. He's just as good as the Bruce Lees, the Jackie Chans, the Jet Lis, and Tony Jaas out there, but for some reason he's just never really been able to click with the mainstream. Yen seemed to stick around wuxia films longer than the names you probably associate with these types of movies and extravagant wirework is usually the first thing to make an action film feel mediocre to me. People can't fly around, run on the tips of blades of grass, or kick people seventeen times in the air before landing on their feet and doing it all over again; the more realistic an action film is the more enjoyable it is to me. But ever since Hero (yes it's a wuxia film, but it's one of the exceptions), Donnie Yen has put out some really fantastic action films that are either more grounded or the wirework involved is a lot more subtle. Kill Zone and Flash Point were two of the films that made me love the guy's work and Ip Man is easily one of my favorite martial arts films of all time. Most Yen projects not only have spectacular action sequences, but have an engaging story to tell as well and that's something action films like this usually don't bother trying to do. Bodyguards and Assassins just tends to focus more on the dramatic side of things rather than just punch you in the face, kick you in the gut, and move on to the next action scene.

Bodyguards and Assassins is a bit misleading. It's marketed as this martial arts epic and it really isn't. It's actually incredibly similar to 13 Assassins in the way that nearly all of the action is in the last hour of the movie. Most of the movie is spent planning Sun Wen's arrival.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erik C. Pihl on September 22, 2011
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This is not Donnie's usual "rock 'em, sock 'em" film. It is an attempt to represent an aspect of modern Chinese history that most Westerners, Americans particularly, know little about. The plot deals with a visit by Dr. Sun Yat Sen to Southern China in an attempt to gain control over an increasingly chaotic situation. The movie is well filmed, and the director has a sense of the necessity for characters to have some depth, and not just the ability to perform the film versions of martial arts movement. While not, perhaps, for everyone's permanent martial arts film library, it is well worth at least one viewing.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DVD Verdict on July 10, 2011
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Judge Josh Rode, DVD Verdict -- "What we get for the first half is an expose of a man who tries to straddle an increasingly pointed fence between his corrupt government and his conscience. The film sets up the showdown between these "bodyguards" and the Qing assassins. While this does build a feeling of tension, there is generally very little action in these early scenes. Although that's not necessarily bad. We get some very good acting, major character development (when's the last time you could say that about a martial arts film?), and backstories on the major players which range from interesting to just kinda stupid. When the payoff finally comes, it does so with a vengeance. Each of the bodyguards gets his (or her) moment to shine, which is great because it makes every one of them pivotal to the film. The best battle of the movie (and possibly the best I've ever seen), between Yen and American MMA champion Cung Le (Tekken), is not the climax, which seems odd for a martial arts film but fits the "this isn't really a true kung fu movie" direction of this one to a T. The 2.35:1 transfer is clean with a clear picture even in the darker scenes. The 5.1 Mandarin track is strong, but if you're a fan of dubbing (this film has the best lip-synchronization I've seen in a long time) you'll be stuck with a Dolby 2.0 stereo track. The extras are repetitive, using the same interview quotes and scene clips throughout the behind-the-scenes featurettes. The most interesting parts are about the Hong Kong circa 1906 set that they built exclusively for this movie. It is absolutely astounding and I wish they had gone into more detail about it. Bodyguards and Assassins is a step up from your normal kung fu/martial arts film. It builds actual characters we care about and has a reasonably complex and engaging plot. That, combined with the extended race-and-chase interspersed with great fighting to finish the film, makes it all worth it in the end."
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