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Bulletproof Monk (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Fantasy  |  16 April 2003 (USA)
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Based on the very underground comic book, a Tibetan monk becomes a mentor to a young street kid whom he can teach to protect a scroll.

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Monk With No Name (as Chow Yun-Fat)
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Sax (as Chris Collins)
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For 60 years a mysterious monk with no name has zigzagged the globe to protect an ancient scroll - a scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. Now the Monk must look for a new scrollkeeper. Kar is an unlikely candidate, a streetwise young man whose only interest is himself. But when he inadvertently saves the Bulletproof Monk from capture, the two become partners in a scheme to save the world from the scroll's most avid pursuer. Packed with spectacular special effects and martial arts action, the Monk, Kar, and a sexy Russian mob princess called Bad Girl must struggle to find, face, and fight the ultimate enemy. Written by Press kit

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To fulfill the prophecy, he must find the one to take his place. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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16 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alexisfairos kalogeros  »

Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£607,839 (UK) (18 April 2003)

Gross:

$131,427 (Brazil) (6 February 2004)
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Trivia

Heath Ledger considered the role of Kar but turned it down to star in Ned Kelly (2003). See more »

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When we see Jade's car explode from above there's no one around it, while in the next shot people are caught by the blast. See more »

Quotes

Kar: You can at least tell me why those guys were chasing you
Monk With No Name: All right.
[throws off coat]
Monk With No Name: Let me put it in a language you will understand.
Kar: [softly] ok
Monk With No Name: Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten while hot dog buns come in packages of just eight?
Kar: Wha! What the hell is that? You can't answer my question with another question, 'specially not one as stupid as that
Monk With No Name: When you attain the state of enlightenment that allows you to answer my question, I will answer yours
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References Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) See more »

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Chronopolis
Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda
(The first ten seconds of this Chrono Cross (1999) track is played as Jade walks through a sewer tunnel before confronting Nina.)
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Silly...fun, but silly.
7 May 2003 | by (Middletown MD, USA) – See all my reviews

Bulletproof Monk has a plot like it is the Indiana Jones of martial art flicks. You have a monk that is chosen every 60 years to protect a scroll that will give anyone who reads it invincible. The film revolves around The Monk with No Name (Chow) trying to find a new chosen one (Scott) while avoiding a nazi super-villain that he incountered 60 years ago.

The film is more of a comedy than an action film and Sean William Scott and Chow Yun Fat play off each other well in a world where they are chased by nazis and run into characters like a British guy named Mr. Funktastic. Sean plays a goofy pickpocket well and Chow is excellent as a calm, smug, nameless monk...then again Chow has always been good at acting smug. Of course there has to be a leading lady and Jamie King is as good looking as they come and plays her character well.

The action all involves wire-fu, like that as seen in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", but not as dynamic. Since most of the characters are new to martial arts the fights are a little slow but entertaining and lighthearted none the less.

Bulletproof Monk could have been a lot better than it is, with a little more time spent on it, but as it is it is a silly amusing film, which kept me entertained for an hour and a half. I recommend it to martial art flick junkies.


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