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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.

Director:

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 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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A monk. A punk. A chick. In a kick-ass flick. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,020,488, 26 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,960,630, 7 November 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

As Jade and Kar chit-chat and drive down the freeway in her SUV to rescue Monk, a quick shot of the window behind Jade shows the vehicle is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Monk With No Name: [of Kar] For some reason, I believe he has potential.
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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

Diamonds and Guns
Written by Tim Armstrong, Rob Aston, Jason Vasquez
Performed by The Transplants
Courtesy of Hellcat Records
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Mildly entertaining hodge-podge of martial arts and commercialized Buddhism
7 July 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie. I generally enjoy Chow Yun Fat in virtually any role, I tend to enjoy martial arts films, and I am a Taoist so I at least sympathize with various forms of Buddhism. Furthermore, I believe that comic book based films are finally coming into their own as commercial cinema. However, Bulletproof Monk, though entertaining at times, never really grabbed me. I was left with the same sort of feeling I got from Tomb Raider, Aliens vs Predator, etc. Though I found Chow Yun Fat's character likable, I frequently found myself asking 'who are these people and why am I supposed to care about them?". There is a certain one-dimensionality to the characters, the script and the portrayals which can not be escaped in this film.

Chow Yun Fat has been charged with the protection of a scroll which is endowed with the secret of eternal life for over 60 years. The scroll is sought by a maniacal nazi who inexplicably turns up in Tibet during World War Two and equally improbably leads a small contingent of followers in New York city in contemporary times. Chow Yun Fat, who is in NYC for an unknown reason (probably not the best place to protect an ancient scroll of incredible power and importance), playing an unnamed Tibetan monk is pursued by this militia just as he begins to befriend a protégé who he believes might be a prophesied successor in his task of protecting the scroll (Seann William Scott). An uneasy apprenticeship begins...

The script is packed with martial art / Hollywood-Buddhist philosophical clichés, though I have to admit that this film does Buddhism better than many of its competitors. Most of these paradoxes and objects of meditations are unfortunately delivered in matter-of-fact disaffected tones. Similarly, the fight scenes are technically interesting, and convincingly violent, but generally devoid of any emotional content or ferocity. Compare any of these scenes to any performance by Bruce Lee, for example, and you'll see what I mean. Of course, Bruce was not really a traditional Buddhist, not a very ttraditional martial artist.

The cinematography is good. I especially enjoyed seeing so many familiar sights in the world's greatest city, and some of the artistically fantastic if not entirely believable sets. It was also nice to see old friends like Mako. Unfortunately, Seann William Scott's uneven performance only reinforced the frigidity of the film.

Bulletproof makes for a decent light night's entertainment, but little more. Worth seeing for martial arts and action fans.


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