MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,524 this week

Bulletproof Monk (2003)

 -  Action | Comedy | Fantasy  -  16 April 2003 (USA)
5.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 38,848 users   Metascore: 40/100
Reviews: 176 user | 127 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 20 Nov 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 20 Feb 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 25 Aug 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 08 Aug 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bulletproof Monk (2003)

Bulletproof Monk (2003) on IMDb 5.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bulletproof Monk.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crook quietly plots his revenge against the boss who murdered his brother while working for him.

Directors: Drew Daywalt, David Schneider
Stars: Seann William Scott, Timm Sharp, Patrick Breen
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Cousins Bo and Luke Duke, with a little help from their cousin Daisy and Uncle Jesse, egg on the authorities of Hazzard County, Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Stars: Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson
The Rundown (2003)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure.

Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Christopher Walken
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, ex-alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the gold-digging girl who inspires him to try to get it together.

Director: Tod Harrison Williams
Stars: Seann William Scott, Gretchen Mol, Deirdre O'Connell
Wild Hogs (2007)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A group of suburban biker wannabes looking for adventure hit the open road, but get more than they bargained for when they encounter a New Mexico gang called the Del Fuegos.

Director: Walt Becker
Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, John Travolta
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After a sudden attack on the MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy.

Director: Peter Howitt
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia
The Promotion (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two assistant managers of a corporate grocery store vie for a coveted promotion.

Director: Steve Conrad
Stars: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Chris Conrad
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Taken aback by his mother's wedding announcement, a young man returns home in an effort to stop her from marrying his old high school gym teacher, a man who made high school hell for generations of students.

Directors: Craig Gillespie, David Dobkin
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott, Susan Sarandon
Evolution (2001)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A firefighting cadet, two college professors, and a geeky-but-sexy government scientist work against an alien organism that has been rapidly evolving ever since its arrival on Earth inside a meteor.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore
Shanghai Noon (2000)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Chinese man who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss.

Director: Tom Dey
Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Anthony Hartman
Stars: Leon, Robert LaSardo, Jaime King
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

16 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alexisfairos kalogeros  »

Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jaime King broke her finger during filming, but not in any of the stunts - just while walking up the stairs talking on the phone. See more »

Goofs

During the subway chase, one of the policeman chasing Kar pauses to sit on a bench, next to a woman. In the next shot, the policeman is sitting alone and the women is standing away from the bench. 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?
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Kung Phooey! (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Tall Cans in the Air (re-mix)
Written by Tim Armstrong, Rob Aston
Performed by The Transplants
Courtesy of Hellcat Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very good but light fantasy/action entertainment
18 February 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Chow Yun-Fat is the "Monk with No Name" who protects an ancient scroll. Anyone who recites the scroll can harness unlimited power, utilizing it for either good or evil. The scroll-keeper has the advantage of not aging and not being able to be physically harmed. The Monk has been on the run from would be rulers of the universe for 60 years when he finally runs into a potential new scroll-keeper as promised by prophecies.

Bulletproof Monk is a "light" comic book/fantasy/action/martial arts/comedy film in the vein of The Golden Child (1986) and The Medallion (2003). It leans most strongly towards the fantasy genre, but it's frequently funny (perhaps more subtly than one would expect) and loaded with visually poetic, wire-heavy martial arts.

Seann William Scott is Kar, a street kid who has a flair for kung fu, which he picked up by endlessly watching and emulating Asian films at the theater where he both lives and works as the projectionist. He has even more of a flair for pickpocketing. The Monk runs into him while both are on the run, and there are a number of cleverly staged scenes where Kar tries to palm a few extra bucks while the Monk attempts to teach him both ethics and enlightenment via koans about things like hot dogs and buns.

During these early scenes, they run into a hilarious group of what are effectively CHUDs (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) minus the C, headed by a rooster-haired thug named "Funktastic". This is some of the more slyly funny material in the film--the HUDs even have an abandoned subway car turned disco in their underground lair.

The kung fu throughout most of Bulletproof Monk is of the variety often mythologized by kids as being akin to "magic". The Monk can defy gravity, move fast enough that he seems to predict his opponent's moves with near omniscience, and dodge bullets. He can even fight and eat a bowl of Cocoa Puffs at the same time. The real aim is to approach a Matrix (1999)-like reality-bending in the film's universe. Although the fantasy, almost dance-like nature of many of the fight scenes may turn off those looking for more realistic action, Troy Liddell also choreographs some parts of fight scenes more traditionally, with Yun-Fat performing something very similar to aikido--he primarily yields instead of blocking or countering, and uses his opponent's moves against themselves. It's an interesting approach that isn't used often enough in martial arts films.

The principle flaw with Bulletproof Monk is that too many plot elements and characters seem to flow by too quickly. There isn't a lot of time to delve very far into many threads. This gives the film a more superficial feel that should have been solved by lengthening and tightening the focus to give elements at least a typical James Bond film significance and weight. Aspects of the film may also be a bit too clichéd for some viewers tastes.

But you probably wouldn't watch Bulletproof Monk expecting a masterpiece. As a wispy fantasy/action film, geared as much towards adolescents as any other age group, Bulletproof Monk is a rewarding way to spend an hour and a half. I'm a fan of Yun-Fat's work, including this film, and I enjoyed both Scott and Jaime King's performances quite a bit. In fact, I liked the film enough to hope for a sequel.


37 of 49 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Enough with the Nazis! jojodojomojo
Major,major Story flaw akshaychopra85
CHARACTER GAME groovyboy8518
Worth Watching? PeachyPies
Martial artists who act vs. actors who fight razing
Why hot dogs come in tensand hot dog buns come in packages of eight. Maxvdm
Discuss Bulletproof Monk (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page