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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monk With No Name (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Sax (as Chris Collins)
Kishaya Dudley ...
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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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Don't mess with the monk 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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Did You Know?


After Kar's failed attempt at forcing the Monk to leave, the two sit down to talk. The Monk (Yun-Fat Chow) tells Kar that his name is Cantonese, which was Yun-Fat Chow's first language. See more »


When Jade is talking to the cinema owner her hair is alternately behind her ear/hanging straight between shots. See more »


Monk With No Name: Water which is too pure has no fish.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.78 (2013) See more »


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Well, I liked it!
9 June 2004 | by (San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

I thought it was charming. I thought it was fun. I enjoyed it a great deal. I liked the characters a lot too (especially the Monk). Now I'm looking for other movies starring Yun-Fat Chow.

I must admit that I did find the underground cavern and the mysterious mind-reading device to be rather over-the-top, but that was the only part of the movie I didn't like.

Please keep in mind that this movie _is_ based on a comic book. It's not meant to be Important, World-changing theatre. It's meant to be a fast-paced (it is), interesting (I thought so), fun-to-watch (yes) story.

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