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Bodyguards and Assassins

General info
Original title: Shi Yue Wei Cheng (十月围城)
Country: China, Hong Kong
Year: 2009
IMDB Rating: 6.9 2144 votes
Plot: 1906, City of Victoria (British Colony of Hong Kong).

In the distance of thirteen blocks, the one man who holds a nation's fate must survive relentless attempts on his life with only five bodyguards to protect him. Against hundreds of assassins, these men must put their courage to the test in order to protect the hopes of millions in this perilous night even if it means fighting to the death.
  • Though all events in the movie are fictitious, the film centres around the real-life figure of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who would go on to overthrow the Qing Dynasty in 1911 and found the first modern republic in China. The fictitious plot imagines a brief visit by Dr Sun to Hong Kong in 1905 to meet with fellow revolutionaries.

  • Budget: $23 million

  • Bodyguards has been a massive hit in China since its release on December 18 passing the $40 million mark as of January 3. It has also performed well in Hong Kong and Taiwan, earning roughly $2 million in each territory.

  • The movie was shot within a scale replica of Hong Kong’s Central District circa 1906 which was built outside Shanghai.

  • A 10-minute action showstopper between Donnie Yen and Cung Le that begins with free-running and ends with an intense round of MMA-style fighting ended up being a re-shoot where Yen, who worked without additional pay, took charge of the choreography and called back Cung Le after both actors agreed that the original sequence wasn’t good enough. For a week, the two feverishly worked with a team of 17 stuntmen to accomplish what originally took much longer to set up.

  • Bodyguards and Assassins is the first project from Cinema Popular, a joint venture by Hong Kong based director Peter Chan Ho-sun (Warlords) and Beijing producer/director Huang Jianxin (The Founding of a Republic) to produce films targeted at the mainland Chinese market.

  • Chinese title 十月围城 (Shi yue wei cheng) literally means 'October Besieged City'.

Movie info
Language: Mandarin
Colormode: Color
Running time: 127

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Featured reviews for

Bodyguards and Assassins
(overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)
LoveHKfilm, by Kevin Ma source:
«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. »
Twitch, by James Marsh source:
«BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS boasts lavish production values, bringing a much-needed authenticity to the proceedings that director Chen effectively capitalizes on to build atmosphere, tension and an intricate web of characters.»
Taipei Times, by Ho Yi source:
«Unfortunately, there is one major flaw: Chan’s attempt to strike a balance between action and drama doesn’t flourish, making the film a merely adequate choice of entertainment for the holiday season.», by John Li - 4/5 source:
«The impressive production values will awe you – Huge sets, magnificent cinematography, rhythmic editing, engaging action choreography, decent computer effects and emotionally charged music score are all part of the equation to this recommended movie.»
Variety, by RICHARD KUIPERS source:
«A solid emotional foundation anchors action-drama "Bodyguards and Assassins," a satisfying mix of politics, personal sacrifice and death-or-glory combat centered on an imagined assassination attempt on Chinese revolutionary hero Sun Yat-sen in 1906 Hong Kong. Delivering a final hour of good but not great mayhem as a mixed bag of fictional patriots shield Sun from scores of Imperial Army killers, the star-studded ensembler from helmer Teddy Chen reps a strong first effort for ambitious shingle Cinema Popular.»
The Hollywood Reporter, by Maggie Lee source:
«An ambitious blockbuster that successfully yokes together two entities -- patriotic drama and dynamic martial arts spree.»
Yahoo! Malaysia Movies source:
«"Bodyguards And Assassins" will go down as one very expensive movie that you have to respect, despite a somewhat peculiar and uneven aftertaste. It's an uncomfortable marriage between drama and action but nevertheless most will find this engrossing and highly entertaining.»

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Chan, TeddyCHAN Teddy
YUEN James
WU Bing
GUO Junli
CHUN Tin Nam
Kam, PeterKAM Peter
Chan, Kwong WingCHAN Kwong Wing


Yen, DonnieYEN Donnie
as Sum Chung-yang
Lai, LeonLAI Leon
as Lau Yuk-bak
Wang, XueqiWANG Xueqi
as Li Yue-tang
Fai, Tony Leung KaFAI Tony Leung Ka
as Chen Xiao-bai
Tse, NicholasTSE Nicholas
as Ah Si
Hu, JunHU Jun
as Yan Xiao-guo
Li, YuchunLI Yuchun
as Fang Hong
Tsang, EricTSANG Eric
as Detective Smith
Yam, SimonYAM Simon
as Fang Tian
Fan, BingbingFAN Bingbing
as Yuet-yu
Le, CungLE Cung
as Sa Zhen-shan
Wang, Bo-ChiehWANG Bo-Chieh
as Li Chung-guang
Zhou, YunZHOU Yun
as Ah Suen
Bateer, MengkeBATEER Mengke
as Wang Fu-ming
Cheung, JackyCHEUNG Jacky
as Yang Quyun
Ng, PhilipNG Philip
as Assassin
Reis, MichelleREIS Michelle
as Lau's lover
Sham, JohnSHAM John
as Suen's father
Wang, WenjieWANG Wenjie
Xing, YuXING Yu
Zhang, HanyuZHANG Hanyu
as Sun Yat-Sen

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