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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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Paul Hunter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Monk With No Name (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Seann William Scott ... Kar
Jaime King ... Jade
Karel Roden ... Strucker
Victoria Smurfit ... Nina
Marcus Jean Pirae ... Mr. Funktastic
Mako ... Mr. Kojima
Roger Yuan ... Master Monk
K.C. Collins ... Sax (as Chris Collins)
Sean Bell ... Diesel
Kishaya Dudley ... DV
Rob Archer ... Buzz
Mauricio Rodas Mauricio Rodas ... Wicho
Bayo Akinfemi ... Shade
Russell Yuen ... Brother Tenzin
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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

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Tibetan | Punjabi | German

Release Date:

16 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexisfairos kalogeros See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,653,542, 20 April 2003

Gross USA:

$23,358,708

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,713,879
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Jade and Nina fight in the tunnel in some shots it is shown that Nina has on high-heeled boots yet in the actual fighting she is obviously wearing flats. See more »

Quotes

Monk With No Name: An enlightened man would offer a weary traveler a bed for the night, and invite him to share a quiet conversation over a bowl of Cocoa Puffs.
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut for violence (the torture of the monk) to secure a more commercial "Not under 12" rating. DVD release is uncut and has a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

Connections

References Kwaidan (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Good Action Movie
11 September 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1943, in Tibet, a monk (Yun-Fat Chow) renounces his name and becomes the new guardian of a powerful scroll. Meanwhile, a troop of Nazis leaded by a sick commander invades the monastery and kills the other monks, trying to steal the scroll. The monk without name spends the next sixty years protecting the scroll and looking for his successor, who shall be a person who fulfills three prophecies. In USA, he meets the lonely pickpocket Kar (Seann William Scott), and he believes that Kar may be the next protector of the scroll. Kar stays with the monk and falls in love with the beautiful Jade (Jaime King), while the monk is chased by a gang leaded by the former nazi commander and his daughter Nina. I found this film a good entertainment. There are lots of action, funny moments and in the end, it is a good action movie. The beauty of the unknown Jaime King is very impressive. I really did not understand why the scroll is not simply destroyed, since neither the guardians nor the monks use its power except for keeping the youth of the protector for sixty years. Further, the motives for the parallel life of Jade are simply ridiculous. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): 'O Monge à Prova de Balas' ('The Bulletproof Monk')


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