The Bodyguard 2016 (特工爷爷) Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Sammo Hung 洪金宝, Andy Lau 刘德华, Jacqueline Chan 陈沛妍, Jack Feng 冯嘉怡, Hu Jun 胡军, Li QinQin 李勤勤, Tomer Oz, James Lee Guy and action movie fans

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The Bodyguard (特工爷爷) Movie Synopsis

The Bodyguard HeartwarmingThe Bodyguard follows a retired (Sammo Hung) who has settled in the dark and unknown corner of the world where China, Russia and North Korea meet. Suffering from the beginnings of dementia, the bodyguard is befriended by a young girl whose life is threatened when her father (Andy Lau) falls in with the local crime world. When the girl and her father disappear, the bodyguard must call upon his long forgotten skills to save the life of his young friend.

The Bodyguard (特工爷爷) Viewer Rating: 4/5 ****

The Bodyguard (特工爷爷) Movie Review:

I wasn’t expecting much (thanks to the inaccurate online reviews and ratings) so this film turn out to be a surprise for me. From the trailer, it is easy to assume that it will be an action film, but The Bodyguard is so much more than just a typical action film.
The Bodyguard KungfuThe Action: If you love Ip Man (remember the classic 1 versus 10?) then you will definitely love this film. Ip Man was a lean Wingchun expert, and watching Sammo Hung, who acted as a retired ex-bodyguard, fight a group of hooligans was amazingly exciting. My heart almost went to my mouth when I watch him fight the knife-wielding gangsters single-handedly. I can almost say that this is the senior version of “Taken” and Sammo Hung’s Old Ding is the grandfather-version of Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills!

The Bodyguard GranddaughterThe Tear-jerking Moments: I’ve anticipated veteran Sammo Hung’s action scenes, but definitely not his solo scenes and the ones with little neighbour girl, Cherry. Some might dubbed his interaction with the little girl as cliché, and his routined acts as dry, but the little movements and actions of an aging man was so on-point and precise that it hurts me to witness an old man losing his memory and helpless to it. 

The Bodyguard Jack FengThe Crazy Antagonist: If the above doesn’t attract you, Jack Feng’s (冯嘉怡) sadistic Joker-style of killing might do. Li Zheng Jiu (Andy Lau) was a pretty irresponsible badass in the film, but he met his match. Cui Dong Xian (Jack Feng) was a heartless man who can kill without batting an eye (杀人不眨眼), making you just want him to get the retribution he deserve.

The Bodyguard Tsu HarkAside from that, the film is garnished with martial arts actors, young and old, such as Yuen Biao, Yuen Qiu, Yuen Wah, Yuen Ting, Yuen Po and Eddie Peng. Also notable actors such as Hu Jun, Feng Shaofeng, Karl Maka, Dean Shek and director Tsui Hark also cameoed in the film. While I do agree that the appearance of some of them was a tad too little (say Hu Jun), most of them were placed in the scenes for a purpose. The three musketeers above appeared the most, with seemingly nothing to do, yet they reflect many interesting aspect of an elderly’s life, while injecting some black humour into the film. 

Catch it and I hope you appreciate the people around you, especially after knowing the unknown identity of the narrator. 🙂

Do You Know?

The Bodyguard Andy LauAndy Lau took up the role as Sammo Hung was the director, and his benefactor.

The Bodyguard Andy Lau FightAndy Lau filmed all the action scenes without any double, including the scene where he had to jump out from a building on top of a car.

Andy Lau Jacqueline ChanThis is the second time Andy Lau (刘德华) and Jacqueline Chan (陈沛妍) acted as father and daughter. The first time was Fire Storm (风暴)

The Bodyguard Sammo HungTo fit the role of a retired bodyguard, the fight choreography was changed from fancy martial arts to gritty, realistic close-combat scenes. The movie was also filmed in actual towns stated: Suifenhe, Heilongjiang Province in China and in Vladivostok, Russia.

The Bodyguard Sammo Hung FightSimilar to Ip Man where Sammo Hung was the martial arts choreographer, Sammo Hung fought more than 10 hooligans in this film. In Ip Man, protagonist (Ip Man) fought 10 karateka.

Sammo Hung DirectorThis is the first movie Sammo Hung directed after 17 years. The movie was filmed in August 2014 and his previous directorial films were Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997) and Mr. Nice Guy (1997) in 1997.

Jackie ChanJackie Chan was originally offered a role in the film. However, Chan turned down the role due to scheduling conflicts and his son Jaycee Chan’s drug arrest.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

Check out The Bodyguard (特工爷爷)Official Website.
The Bodyguard (特工爷爷) is out in cinemas on 7 April 2016.

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*Disclosure: Invitation from Clover Films Singapore. No monetary compensation was received for the movie review.

15 thoughts on “The Bodyguard 2016 (特工爷爷) Movie Review”

  1. Interesting movie. The trailer looks awesome. I love martial arts movies so I’ll definitely look for this. Would have been nice to see Jackie star in this film. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. I haven’t seen the movie but I think I remember reading somewhere about it. I’d love to see it however.

  3. That’s a very interesting story. There was kinda similar story in Bollywood where a gal reaches out to her dad’s friend to protect her when he himself has cancer…

  4. I recognize Sammo Hung of course, though the story seems very familiar. Jackie Chan seemed to be natural choice for roles like this, so it was sorry to learn why he had to give it up. You rated this so high!

  5. I loved the movies “taken and taken2”. It would be nice to watch this version of it. I am not sure if it in English though. It would have been really good to see Jackie Chan in it. So sad, he had to turn down the role due to his son’s problems

  6. Interesting, I haven’t seen any Sammo Hung movie in a long time, and this one sounds very interesting. I would have preferred a Jackie Chan starring role, but Andi Lau is very good already.

  7. Sometimes I don’t read the reviews and just watch the movie instead. They can just cause confusion. This sounds like a lovely film, I look forward to the chemistry of the actors, especially the ex bodyguard and the little girl.

  8. You are right thanks to online movies reviews which help us to decide whether we should go for the movie or not. You did the same great work.


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