Sammo Hung Lays Waste In First Shot From THE BODYGUARD

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Make no mistake about it: Sammo Hung can still kick your ass. That seems to be the general message delivered by the first image from The Bodyguard, an upcoming big budget feature in which Hung serves as both director and action director while also starring alongside Andy Lau. And how welcome is a return by Andy Lau to this sort of high end production after a few years of generally bland output?

A retired bodyguard (Sammo Hung) settles down in a small town on the Russia-China border. He befriends 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 sets out on a ruthless trail to take down the mob and rescue the girl.
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Marcel SamsonMarch 10, 2015 11:16 AM

Yes, yes, yeeeeessss!!

fry jr.March 10, 2015 11:25 AM

From the synopsis though, Andy Lau appearance might be limited to a cameo...

ToryKMarch 10, 2015 12:12 PM

Go Sammo, it's your birthday! It's only a still and a synopsis, but I think this is reason enough to celebrate.

ManateeAdvocateMarch 10, 2015 12:21 PM

Simple premise, great premise. Looking forward to this one.

YojimboMarch 10, 2015 3:10 PM

Yes please.
As I never realised until this picture that I wanted to see Sammo Hung CQC 11 goons in what appears to be a Chinese pub.
It would be great if this films violence was depicted in a dirty and gritty way.
Still waiting for HK cinemas action, martial arts infused remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven.

Bruce WayneMarch 10, 2015 3:37 PM

Not a big Andy Lau fan, but Sammo is always a welcome sight
I hope we see some worthy villians though!

QinlongMarch 10, 2015 7:46 PM

This doesn't sound more high-end than Firestorm.
Regardless, what a thrill to have Sammo Hung back as a director and lead actor ! if I'm not mistaken, last time was in 1991.

LFrog1386March 10, 2015 8:31 PM

Can't wait!!

Hanajun ChungMarch 11, 2015 1:16 AM

If you haven't seen it, I recommend a film called "Gallants." Tonally, visually, and story-wise it's radically different from "Unforgiven" ("Gallants" is a kung-fu comedy), but I feel like they compliment each other thematically quite well. "Gallants" also casts veteran martial-arts actors who still got it (at least in 2010). I know Japan remade "Unforgiven" but I haven't seen it (I heard it was pretty good though).

Glen or MacyMarch 11, 2015 3:27 AM

Cant wait! Sammo finally back in the directing chair! Remember when he was attached to, was it Knight rider and some arrow movie...blind, silent, broken? Some kind of arrow... To think he hasnt directed since 97, although OUATICAA wasnt exactly fab I do love Mr. Nice guy. Hope this goes well!

Andys output bland? He just did Blind Detective? Was a friggin masterpiece! And gotta second Firestorm there as pretty high end production, whatever you think about it.

ScottMarch 11, 2015 4:59 AM

Howling Arrow.

ScottMarch 11, 2015 5:00 AM

Sammo's last film as both a lead actor and director was in 1995.

Glen or MacyMarch 11, 2015 5:27 AM

Oh! Thank you... I did want to see that one as well, heres hoping Sammo will deliver, he has directed some of my favourite movies and also his fair share of clunkers.

YojimboMarch 11, 2015 6:59 AM

Thank you for the info Hanajun Chung, I will check out Gallants and the Japanese remake of Unforgiven which is called
Yurusarezaru mono.

QinlongMarch 11, 2015 8:59 AM

You're right, I forgot 'Don't Give a Damn'.

Marcel SamsonMarch 11, 2015 10:02 AM

Thx man, totally forgot about that movie. So dumb I never write down movies I want to see. I was out of the asian movie game for a few years, and can't remember anything I wanted to see before I took a break :(. Gallants was one of them, at least!! So again, thx for that :)

owenMarch 11, 2015 2:04 PM

My God, could you imagine a team up with Sammo and Gareth evans, My life would be complete.

DooK_MDMarch 11, 2015 5:08 PM

If Liam Neeson can kick ass in his early 60s, so can Sammo Hung. I'm in!

Hanajun ChungMarch 11, 2015 8:53 PM

Dude, no worries man. "Gallants" is a great homage with a lot of heart. I also think the ending is subversive in a great way. I love Asian cinema as well and try to catch the notable titles. But I hear you, sometimes there's just too many and not enough time.

Hanajun ChungMarch 11, 2015 8:56 PM

It's cool. I'm actually quite curious about the Japanese remake. I mean, I love "Unforgiven" as well (so many great moments. "Pick it up"), and since both genres carry similar conventions, I'm curious to see how it's transplanted in the samurai genre.

DooK_MDMarch 11, 2015 9:01 PM

Saw that film a few years back. The final fight (Sammo Hung, Collin Chou and Bobby Samuels taking on each other!) was so good but the film was a mess. No wonder Sammo quit directing his own films and contunied with acting instead at that point.

Hopefully, this should be good.

ScottMarch 12, 2015 4:42 AM

Howling Arrow sounded quite cool. I have no clue if it ever actually got made though.

ScottMarch 12, 2015 4:44 AM

It had its moments though. Apparently originally Jackie Chan was meant to be involved (at least that's what I heard). I wonder if story line wise it would have been much different.

It felt kind of rushed to me, but it was cool seeing Sammo acting alongside his sons at an early stage in their career.

Darren MurrayMarch 12, 2015 7:44 AM

I don't think so, as this was originally cast with Jackie Chan in the Lau part. Thats what originally got me excited for the film.

Unless it has went through a major rewrite, Lau will hopefully still get a fair share of screen time.

IndusengineerMay 26, 2015 4:48 PM

Love Sammo