Photo Credit: Edko Films
The Bodyguard AKA My Beloved Bodyguard | 特工爺爺/我的特工爷爷
- Sammo Hung, Hong Kong, 2016, DCP, 99m
- Cantonese with English Subtitles
- Sammo Hung, Andy Lau, Zhu Yuchen, Li Qinqin, Feng Jiayi, Jacqueline Chan
- New York Premiere
Sammo Hung, who returns to the director’s chair after almost 20 years, stars as Ding, a retired Central Security Bureau member who has settled in a city somewhere near the China-Russia border. Estranged from his family and trying to live a quiet life while facing the onset of Alzheimer’s, he befriends a young girl (Jacqueline Chan), who is threatened when her hard-drinking gambler father (a scene-stealing Andy Lau) gets wrapped up with a local crime boss (Feng Jiayi). Soon enough, the girl disappears and Ding has to dust off his very specific set of skills to save her life. Filled with more cameos than you could shake a staff at, The Bodyguard is more a melodramatic examination of a life filled with regret and disappearing memories due to the ravages of time than a bone-breaking action film—but Sammo can still break bones when he needs to.
Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York