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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monk With No Name (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Sax (as Chris Collins)
Kishaya Dudley ...
Mauricio Rodas ...


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 »


Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alexisfairos kalogeros  »

Box Office


$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£607,839 (UK) (18 April 2003)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The actors who portray the monks in the movie are real martial artists from the Sunny Tang Martial Arts Center located in Toronto, Canada. See more »


When Kar is standing over Kojima's body, it is daylight outside. Several moments later he is outside in the nighttime. See more »


Cabbie: [playing ethnic music with no words] Do you guys like this music?
KarMonk With No Name: ...Yea!
Cabbie: It's the bomb diggity.
[phone rings]
Cabbie: Excuse me I have to talk to my baby-mamma-to-be.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.78 (2013) See more »


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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You want fun, this is fun; you want Lawrence of Arabia, rent Lawrence of Arabia.
24 April 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I'll be brief.

The movie starts with a bang, and ends with a boom, with plenty of pops and kabangs along the way.

You want a movie that's fun, with likable actors, good action, a light plot that moves right along, and more than a few genuine chuckles? This is one of those.

Watching Chow Yun Fat work is fun, whether he's giving life to a substantial, full orbed character such as in Crouching Tiger, or to a more stereotypical one as the Monk with No Name.

Don't confuse the movies, and you'll have fun. As for all the vitriolic, acidic critics... maybe some folks just need to take themselves just a tad less seriously.

Or a few tads.

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