The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

Hong Kong/China, 2016

Cantonese and Mandarin, English and Czech subtitles

Director: Sammo Hung

Starring: Sammo Hung, Andy Lau, Zhu Yuchen

Distributor: Edko Films

Sammo Hung, an icon of Hong Kong action films, plays an ageing bodyguard who is drawn into a conflict with the mafia by his neighbour. To protect a little girl, he has to make use of his tired fists yet again, as well as brush up his legendary kung fu skills.

Hung was the director and actor in this film, but, most of all, the choreographer. He invited a large number of key figures of Cantonese action cinema to collaborate, and the supporting roles featured such personalities as Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah and director Tsui Hark. Even superstar Andy Lau took part as a subversive variation of a character from God of Gamblers (1989). Soaked in nostalgia, The Bodyguard is not merely a wistful reminiscing. Instead, it is a conscious and elaborate love letter to The Golden era of martial arts films. Who else should be its author but Sammo Hung?