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Bulletproof Monk (2003)



Critic Consensus: Venerable action star Chow Yun-Fat is the only saving grace in this silly action flick that more often than not resembles a commercial in style.

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A monk and a pickpocket become unlikely allies in this action adventure story. Sixty years ago, a nameless monk (Chow Yun-Fat) was appointed the guardian of a mysterious scroll that grants remarkable powers to those who possess it. After six decades of traveling the world to protect the scroll, the monk must find someone new to assume the responsibility, but as fate would have it, the new caretaker turns out to be Kar (Seann William Scott), a scruffy and distinctly non-enlightened petty thief living in San Francisco. As the monk attempts to educate Kar in the powers and responsibilities of the scroll and the ways of a monk's life, they discover they have a rival for the possession of the valuable scroll. As Kar and the monk fend off their mysterious adversary, they are aided by Bad Girl (Jaime King), a beautiful Russian mob affiliate with amazing martial arts skills and a vested interest in keeping the scroll in virtuous hands. Bulletproof Monk was based a comic book series published in 1999; Chow Yun-Fat's frequent collaborators John Woo and Terence Chang produced.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, language and some sexual content)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2003
Box Office: $23.0M
MGM/UA - Official Site


Yun-Fat Chow
as Monk with No Name
Jaime King
as Jade/Bad Girl
Karel Roden
as Strucker
Marcus Jean Pirae
as Mr. Funktastic
as Mr. Kojima
Roger Yuan
as Master Monk
Sean Bell
as Diesel
Russell Yuen
as Brother Tenzin
Albert Chung
as Young Monk
Karis Han
as Boy Monk
Angela Seto
as Old Sho Girl
Paul Fauteux
as Subway Cop
Raven Dauda
as Young Mother
Isys McKoy
as Little Girl
Peter Snider
as Three Piece Suit
Geoff Williams
as Breathless Cop
Michael Yanover
as Hotdog Vendor
Michael Gow
as Monastery Monk
Regan Moore
as Kommando
Barry Oliver
as Kommando
Bryan Thomas
as Kommando
Joel Harris
as Kommando
Neil Davison
as Kommando
Lloyd Adams
as Transit Cop
Billy Oliver
as Kommando
Murray R. Croft
as Transit Cop
Phil Chiu
as Monastery Monk
Mike Gow
as Monastery Monk
Allen Keng
as Monastery Monk
Tommy Chang
as Temple Monk
Fabian Choe
as Temple Monk
Mike Chow
as Temple Monk
James Kim
as Temple Monk
Alan Tang
as Wu Shu Monk
Nathan Lam
as Wu Shu Monk
Peter Wong
as Wu Shu Monk
Feng Jun Wei
as Wu Shu Monk
Lin Yi-Sheng
as Wu Shu Monk
Patrick Mark
as Kommando
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Critic Reviews for Bulletproof Monk

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (35)

The fight scenes are routine, the humor juvenile, and the Toronto locales rendered drab through muddy cinematography.

Full Review… | May 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Chow was never a martial arts star back home, but he's a good enough actor -- and an engaging enough personality -- to pass for one here.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

basically Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon comes to New York

Full Review… | January 12, 2016
Fat Guys at the Movies

Not to put too fine a point on it, but "Bulletproof Monk" is a rather large piece of garbage.

Full Review… | September 7, 2015

Violent but cool martial arts movie.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

This is one piece of derivative, hokey, and really stupid action drivel.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Bulletproof Monk


I felt a stabbing pain watching this movie. I had dark hole expectations watching it and I was still dissapointed. Bulletproof Monk is the biggest Americanisation of the eastern action movie i've ever seen. Seann William Scott has only ever been funny in Role Models. Yung kicks ass but unfortunately the rest doesn't. Especially the ridiculous non-existent plot.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

What a weird movie, it's a modern kung-fu fantasy/comedy. While that's pretty brave to attempt to make that plot work, it just wasn't executed properly and it just didn't have enough personality. I think what makes it work the most is the buddy cop antics between Seann William Scott and Chow Yun Fat, aside from that it falls pretty flat.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


I really enjoyed this corny action movie, and I wish that it was longer than it was, and improved on it's little flaws, because I really wanted to love this one, but I still really liked it!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Bulletproof Monk Quotes

The Bulletproof Monk: Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten while hot dog buns come in packages of just eight?
– Submitted by gerardo r (3 years ago)
Mr. Kojima: And I am through taking your messages. My name is Kokijima. Not Sony, Sanyo, Toshiba.
– Submitted by gerardo r (3 years ago)
The Bulletproof Monk: Somehow I sense he has a lot of potential.
Jade/Bad Girl: Really? I sense he's mostly full of s****.
– Submitted by gerardo r (3 years ago)
The Bulletproof Monk: An enlightened man would offer a humble traveler shelter for the night and share a quiet conversation over a bowl of cocoa puffs.
– Submitted by gerardo r (3 years ago)

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