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'Bodyguards, Assassins' earns big

THE Hong Kong all-star action film "Bodyguards and Assassins" has earned 113 million yuan (US$16.5 million) in ticket sales since its debut in Chinese mainland cinemas on December 19.

Directed by Teddy Chan, the film features Leon Lai, Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse.

It tells the story of eight bodyguards protecting Sun Yat-sen, the pioneering Chinese revolutionary and political leader, from an assassination attempt in 1906.

The film took 74 million yuan on its first weekend. It was also released in Taiwan on Thursday.

Earlier this month, the comedy thriller "A Simple Noodle Story" directed by Zhang Yimou took 101 million yuan in its first four days.

China's film market is entering its annual peak season, which runs over the New Year and Spring Festival holidays.


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