The Guardsman (2011) Movie Review

The Guardsman is a Cantonese film about a fierce and loyal guardsman with legendary Kung Fu skills forced to protect the life of a well-meaning emperor masquerading as a commoner for the sake of understanding the lives of his subjects. He is heavily tested from all angles, including past friendships, enemies of the emperor and Japanese pirates.

First thing first… Don’t expect cinematic beauty from this movie. Instead, think of it as a 1970’s, 1980’s martial arts film re-mastered. Ok, now that we’ve addressed the elephant in the room, let’s get started. I am not very familiar with the cast, which includes Pei-Pei Cheng and Wu Ma, but I did enjoy the acting overall. Each of them did well and the storyline was decent.

The emperor wasn’t the stereotypical tyrant whose acts are brutal and selfish. Actually, he was quite the opposite. It was a refreshing
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