Irish Film Institute -BODYGUARDS & ASSASSINS


Director: Teddy Chen

139 minutes| China-Hong Kong| 2009| Subtitled| Colour| D-Cinema

Teddy Chen’s Bodyguards and Assassins is a martial arts film that has a compelling dramatic arc, depicting a kamikaze mission to protect China’s first President during a visit to Hong Kong 100 years ago. A revolutionary known as Sun Yat-sen prepares to visit Hong Kong and overthrow the corrupt and crumbling Qing dynasty. However, a group of assassins is sent to kill Sun and put down the rebellion. The film features an all-star cast that includes Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen. It also boasts amazing production values, which include a wholly convincing recreation of 1906 Hong Kong along with immaculate sets and costumes.

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