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特工爺爺 (2016)
The Bodyguard

Reviewed by: ewaffle
Date: 04/07/2018
Summary: Kung Fu Panda Mr. Ding

“That old guy is like Kung Fu Panda” says one of the bad guys, trying to explain to his boss why he and two other gangsters had been beaten up by Mr. Ding, a fat old man suffering from dementia. That set the tone as much as anything else in this feel-good generational tale of a retired police officer and the about to be abandoned little girl from down the street. Winning performances from all including veteran child actor Jacqueline Chan Pui-Yin, several funny and touching cameos from old pros and Sammo Hung showing he can take advantage of his reputation, constructive editing and liberal use of stunt doubles enough to be an action hero once again.

Andy Lau plays a louse with one redeeming feature, his love for his daughter although it isn’t enough to cure him of his gambling habit that thrusts him into the clutches of Uncle Hua and his murderous henchmen.Li Qin-Qin does as well as one could hope in the thankless role of the busybody with a heart of gold who wants Mr. Ding to move in with her with her.

Lots of dead or disabled gangsters (Mr. Ding specializes in breaking arms and dislocating shoulders of knife-wielding assailants), a decent car chase that doesn’t go on for too long and just the right amount of sentimentality make “The Bodyguard” a winner.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 10/15/2016
Summary: Fine, entertaining film

Old man still has it! Bravo!

Reviewer Score: 8