Bodyguards and Assassins
‘Bodyguards and Assassins’ is a 2009 Chinese/Hong Kong film starring Donnie Yen (‘Shanghai Knights’), Tony Leung Ka-Fai (‘Everlasting Regret’) and Leon Lai (‘Three: Going Home’)
The story is set in 1905 in british ruled Hong Kong, where ‘Sun Wen’ is on his way to discuss plans to overthrow the corrupt Qing Dynasty A revolutionary called Chen arrives a few days before Wen’s arrival to meet ‘Li’ a business man who provides financial backing to the revolutionists.
Without going too much further in detail about the plot. The film has a lot of fantastically choreographed fight scenes, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit through a long fight scene and not feel bored (or in some cases laugh) however i found the film a little tough to understand beyond it. (fault mainly due to the poor English translation in the subtitles) also every time somebody died a phrase would appear onscreen in Chinese with no English translation, unfortunately I have zero knowledge of the Chinese language and I feel like I may have missed the meaning of the story because of this, also I had trouble keeping up with who was on what side and what everybody’s agendas were. despite all this i did really enjoy the scenes between Li and his son which i believe shown a great moral dillema between Li as both a father and a revolutionist.
In conclusion, I would be lying if I said this is the best film I have seen as part of CUEAFS, however it has it’s moments which can leave you glued to the screen (if you can understand what’s going on)