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Bulletproof Monk (2003)

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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for violence, language and some sexual content)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$23,020,488.00
Runtime:
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Cast

Yun-Fat Chow
as Monk with No Name
Jaime King
as Jade/Bad Girl
Karel Roden
as Strucker
Marcus Jean Pirae
as Mr. Funktastic
Mako
as Mr. Kojima
Roger Yuan
as Master Monk
Sean Bell
as Diesel
Rob Archer
as Buzz
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
Suresh John
as Cabbie
Geoff Williams
as Breathless Cop
Michael Yanover
as Hotdog Vendor
Michael Gow
as Monastery Monk
Danny Lima
as Merc
Regan Moore
as Kommando
Barry Oliver
as Kommando
Bryan Thomas
as Kommando
Joel Harris
as Kommando
Henry Korhonen
as Kommando
Neil Davison
as Kommando
Lloyd Adams
as Transit Cop
Christopher D. Amos
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
Alan Tang Kwong-Wing
as Wu Shu 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
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Critic Reviews for Bulletproof Monk

All Critics (133) | 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

They made a ton of junky movies in Hong Kong, but those were dazzlingly fluid and high-flying junky movies. This American retread has the same sort of hack plot but none of the bravura.

Full Review… | April 22, 2003
Slate
Top Critic

[T]he thing about the martial arts sequences -- you've got the great Chow Yun-Fat, but this thing is directed MTV style: cut here, cut there, close-up. So we can't really tell if he's doing stunts or if it's all tricks of camerawork.

April 21, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

One of those motley movies that borrows from just about everywhere.

April 18, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Everything here is borrowed from other movies ...

April 18, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bulletproof Monk

½

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
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

½

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

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