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Bodyguards and Assassins

 

Hong Kong 2009, 139 minutes
Dir. Teddy Chen
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Action/Adventure / Martial Arts

 

Aroview: A hefty, star-studded take on turn of the century events in Hong Kong, in which the assassination of famous revolutionary figure Sun Yat Sen forms the basis of this expensive period epic.

Shot on reputedly the largest outdoor replica of Hong Kong ever built, the film's excessive melodrama and creative liberties with history tend to distract from its otherwise frentic, parkour-styled martial arts action, which is finally delivered in spades for those willing to sit through its drawn-out exposition.

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  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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