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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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 the bomb in the car that Nina and Kar blow up the car, the explosion starts with the man outside before the car blows up. See more »


Master Monk: You defeated an army of enemies while a flock of crane circled above. You battled for love in the palace of jade. You freed brothers you never knew with a family you never had.
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References Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) See more »


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Silly...fun, but silly.
7 May 2003 | by (Middletown MD, USA) – See all my reviews

Bulletproof Monk has a plot like it is the Indiana Jones of martial art flicks. You have a monk that is chosen every 60 years to protect a scroll that will give anyone who reads it invincible. The film revolves around The Monk with No Name (Chow) trying to find a new chosen one (Scott) while avoiding a nazi super-villain that he incountered 60 years ago.

The film is more of a comedy than an action film and Sean William Scott and Chow Yun Fat play off each other well in a world where they are chased by nazis and run into characters like a British guy named Mr. Funktastic. Sean plays a goofy pickpocket well and Chow is excellent as a calm, smug, nameless monk...then again Chow has always been good at acting smug. Of course there has to be a leading lady and Jamie King is as good looking as they come and plays her character well.

The action all involves wire-fu, like that as seen in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", but not as dynamic. Since most of the characters are new to martial arts the fights are a little slow but entertaining and lighthearted none the less.

Bulletproof Monk could have been a lot better than it is, with a little more time spent on it, but as it is it is a silly amusing film, which kept me entertained for an hour and a half. I recommend it to martial art flick junkies.

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