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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A power beyond measure requires a protector without equal. 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?


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


Monk With No Name: Somehow I sense he has potential.
Jade: Really? I sense he's mostly full of s***.
Monk With No Name: But rich manure can fertilize fields which will feed millions.
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References The Matrix (1999) See more »


Tall Cans in the Air (re-mix)
Written by Tim Armstrong, Rob Aston
Performed by The Transplants
Courtesy of Hellcat Records
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It could have been good...
19 September 2003 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

I have to say that I was sadly disappointed by this movie. Not that my expcectations were very high to begin with but I felt that the basic premise of the story actually had good potential. Unfortunately that potential was squandered.

As a semi-brainless action film with some good special effects it was entertaining. But the movie repeatedly fell into the pitraps cliches and stereotypes. An australian gang leader living in the subways named "Funktastic" with the bad-girl girlfriend? You've got to be kidding. It almost felt like too many producers had their greedy fingers in the pie and the whole thing got watered down to the lowest common denominator.

If they had have taken the time to go beyond the cliches and stereotypes and write some interesting dialog and supporting characters it could have been good.

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