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Bodyguards and Assassins (2009/Vivendi DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: C     Extras: B+     Film: B+



The year is 1905, it is China, the Qing dynasty rule is ending, corrupt and failing the revolutionaries are getting stronger each day, but one who stands above all the rest, Sun Yat-Sen has a plan bring together all the different revolutionary factions and cordinate a revolution so big China will never be the same again.  The historic meeting will take place in Hong Kong, and in one hour, revolutionary leaders will decide the fate of China.  The government will do anything to stop this meeting from taking place and sends an army of soldiers and assassins to kill anyone who is involved.  It is up to a local group people, everyday men and women to protect this meeting at all cost to ensure the future of a citizen's freedom.
Ordinary businessmen, vendors, students, priests, white collared workers are caught up in one of China's biggest historical revolution.  Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends and rivals find themselves acting as decoys, buying time for Sun Yat-Sen meeting to take place.  For one hour the people must stall government assassins, soldiers and even become living shields.  That regardless of who they are, where they are from, their own dreams, hopes, future are nothing compared to the dreams, hopes and future of a nation.
This film was more about the people and citizens of China than the historical figure Sun Yat-Sen, how ordinary people of Hong Kong choose to become extraordinary one day.  Over their daily lives, daily bread and all the things they valued, how on that day they choose to sacrifice it all for a revolutionary change.  As much as each one of them would have liked to remain impartial or uninvolved and to continue on with their daily lives, the townspeople find themselves caught up with the winds of change.  In the hopes of making a better future, personal sacrifices were made, to finding a cause which their lives were worth dying for.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is not bad, but the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundmix was a little weaker than usual, even for a lossy mix.  A Blu-ray could correct that.  Extras include behind the scenes featurettes, interviews with cast and crew and international trailer.



-   Ricky Chiang


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