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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 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 power beyond measure requires a protector without equal. 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

Heath Ledger considered the role of Kar but turned it down to star in Ned Kelly (2003). See more »

Goofs

During the subway chase, one of the policeman chasing Kar pauses to sit on a bench, next to a woman. In the next shot, the policeman is sitting alone and the women is standing away from the bench. See more »

Quotes

Kar: You can at least tell me why those guys were chasing you
Monk With No Name: All right.
[throws off coat]
Monk With No Name: Let me put it in a language you will understand.
Kar: [softly] ok
Monk With No Name: Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten while hot dog buns come in packages of just eight?
Kar: Wha! What the hell is that? You can't answer my question with another question, 'specially not one as stupid as that
Monk With No Name: When you attain the state of enlightenment that allows you to answer my question, I will answer yours
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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 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Static World
Written by Dylan Berry
Performed by the Hollow Enemy Orchestra and Dylan Berry
Courtesy of Hollowstone Records
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Fun and entertaining. Don't take it too seriously.
30 May 2003 | by Rob_TaylorSee all my reviews

It was hard to watch this film and not compare some of the wild action/fight scenes with those in the Matrix or its over-hyped sequel. Whilst the scenes in BPM are not as polished or well done as those in the Matrix, they are entertaining enough and the choreography and use of props showed much more promise and imagination than those in the Wachowski Bros. productions (at least in regard to the Matrix Reloaded, anyhow).

But this film did not receive the hype that TMR did and, consequently, my expectations of it were lower. As a result, I was not disappointed in BPM as I was with TMR. Sure, its all silliness, but at least it has the humour to go along with that silliness. In short, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and neiither should the audience.

Chow-Yun Fat shows he can play non-serious roles and get away with it, and Sean William Scott shows he can do other parts away from American Pie and its teen comedy clones. But a particular joy to see in this film is the appearance of Mako, whom I haven't seen much of in recent years. He only has a small role in this film, but he steals the show whenever he's on screen.

The kung-fu isn't quite as wild as Crouching Tiger's flying escapades nor is the wire-work quite so obvious. All in all a fun movie that should be watched as it was intended, as sheer escapism.

There are a few bad points. Watch out for the villain at the end. He should get the "worst villain's hairstyle" award for his mullet. That, and the ludicrous torture machine are the lighter negative aspects in an otherwise entertaining movie, and even they somehow just add to the fun. The only really dire moment is "Mr Funktastic's" atrocious British accent/choice of language. There are some things Hollywood will NEVER get right!


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