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Bulletproof Monk (2003)

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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 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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

After the monk has been thrown against a brick wall by Strucker, the bricks crumbling from the impact can be seen to be actually brick tiles. See more »

Quotes

[Nina shows Jade a picture of a refugee kneeling in front of a man with a rifle]
Nina: Tell me, deep inside, at the bottom of your soul, who would you rather be? The man about to be shot? Or the man about to do the shooting?
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Spoofed in Kung Phooey! (2003) See more »

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Static World
Written by Dylan Berry
Performed by the Hollow Enemy Orchestra and Dylan Berry
Courtesy of Hollowstone Records
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Bulletproof? No. Cheesy fun? Yes.
16 April 2003 | by TheBabblingFoolSee all my reviews

I have just gotten back from seeing Bulletproof Monk (literally) which is essentially a very cheesy movie, but dammit if it isn't fun! I knew the movie was going to be silly, but I just wanted to see some wire-fu and be entertained.

The story is silly, it's about a monk who has to protect a scroll that when read will give the reader ultimate power (of course the protector of the scroll gets the magical power of wife-fu abilities). This monk (who has no name) has to find a new protector because it's been 60 years. So he chooses a pickpocket named Kar to become the nameless monk. And then they cavort around and run into a group of neo-nazis after the scroll (those wacky neo-nazis!) a Russian mafia princess named Jade (played by the smoking hot Jaime King) and a British guy with a mohawk named Mr. Funktastic, who lives in the underground of the New York subway, and keeps making verbal threats to cut men's genitalia off.

This movie takes itself lightheartedly, so the main duo of Seann William Scott and Chow Yun-Fat act like they are cast in a buddy cop film. Both Scott and Chow are funny (especially Chow), the wire-fu is entertaining, Jaime King is hot, and the whole movie works.

It's not the best film ever, and I couldn't tell you if it's the best Chow Yun-Fat film ever, since my local Hollywood video lacks his Hong Kong imports. But Bulletproof Monk may entertain those who like cheesy martial art flicks, or appese the action junkie while he has to wait to see the next summer blockbuster. I don't like rating systems, but if I did I would give it a 6 out of 10. It's not great but good. Have fun with it.


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