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Bulletproof Monk (2003)

 -  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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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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Also Known As:

Alexisfairos kalogeros  »

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Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$131,427 (Brazil) (6 February 2004)
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The visual effects for this film was handled by "Boy Wonder Visual Effects", a company headed by Burt Ward. See more »

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When Strucker is reading the recipe for chicken soup, he is holding the scroll upside down. See more »

Quotes

[Nina shows Jade a picture of a refugee kneeling in front of a man with a rifle]
Nina: Tell me, deep inside, at the bottom of your soul, who would you rather be? The man about to be shot? Or the man about to do the shooting?
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References Waterworld (1995) 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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Fun and entertaining. Don't take it too seriously.
30 May 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

It was hard to watch this film and not compare some of the wild action/fight scenes with those in the Matrix or its over-hyped sequel. Whilst the scenes in BPM are not as polished or well done as those in the Matrix, they are entertaining enough and the choreography and use of props showed much more promise and imagination than those in the Wachowski Bros. productions (at least in regard to the Matrix Reloaded, anyhow).

But this film did not receive the hype that TMR did and, consequently, my expectations of it were lower. As a result, I was not disappointed in BPM as I was with TMR. Sure, its all silliness, but at least it has the humour to go along with that silliness. In short, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and neiither should the audience.

Chow-Yun Fat shows he can play non-serious roles and get away with it, and Sean William Scott shows he can do other parts away from American Pie and its teen comedy clones. But a particular joy to see in this film is the appearance of Mako, whom I haven't seen much of in recent years. He only has a small role in this film, but he steals the show whenever he's on screen.

The kung-fu isn't quite as wild as Crouching Tiger's flying escapades nor is the wire-work quite so obvious. All in all a fun movie that should be watched as it was intended, as sheer escapism.

There are a few bad points. Watch out for the villain at the end. He should get the "worst villain's hairstyle" award for his mullet. That, and the ludicrous torture machine are the lighter negative aspects in an otherwise entertaining movie, and even they somehow just add to the fun. The only really dire moment is "Mr Funktastic's" atrocious British accent/choice of language. There are some things Hollywood will NEVER get right!


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