BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS REVIEWED
“Bodyguards and Assassins” focuses on Dr. Sun Yat-sen. In reality, he was the father of modern China. Well, he was before Communism made it go crazy. The Imperial Court wants him dead, while a wealthy businessman hires bodyguards to keep him alive. It doesn’t take a genius to put together the relevance of the title from here, but I’ll spell it out for you. The film is about the battle to keep an important man alive.
What follows is a nearly real time battle about the efforts between the Bodyguards and Imperial Assassins. Shot with meticulous timing, you get the real sense of urgency behind every attack. What’s even crazier is that you can sense what would come later with Miller’s “Fury Road” in Teddy Chen’s directorial staging of the action. While not plot heavy, the film keeps you in the immediacy of the need to survive. Great stuff all around.
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track