Bulletproof Monk
Bulletproof Monk
PG-13 | 16 April 2003 (USA)
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A mysterious and immortal Tibetan kung fu master, who has spent the last 60 years traveling around the world protecting the ancient Scroll of the Ultimate, mentors a selfish street kid in the ancient intricacies of kung fu.

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Evengyny

Thanks for the memories!

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Stellead

Don't listen to the Hype. It's awful

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KnotStronger

This is a must-see and one of the best documentaries - and films - of this year.

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Jonah Abbott

There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.

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Leofwine_draca

For a clichéd piece of fluff, because that's clearly what BULLETPROOF MONK is, it's a far better film than you might imagine. Much of that likability rests on whether you like or loathe Seann William Scott, the actor best known for his goofy roles like Stifler in the American PIE films. I have to say, I love his acting and I find him a very funny person, probably the only person in Hollywood today who can bring a smile to my face. So much of my entertainment in this film came from his appearance, playing a thief turned hero.Elsewhere, this is the kind of bogus mystical flick that gets churned out regularly by studios. It's very similar to THE MEDALLION, with Jackie Chan, which came out in the same year, and I enjoyed it equally as much as that movie. One thing you have to remember is that these are lightly plotted bits of nonsense, heavily clichéd throughout and displaying the kind of wirework I usually loathe. BULLETPROOF MONK is a silly film, sometimes completely stupid – like the villain's lair, for instance – but it's hard to dislike as a buddy-buddy type comedy.Chow Yun-Fat is the straight man, used to doing this kind of noble hero stuff in his sleep, and the film just kind of takes place around him. Scott supplies the comedy, I'm not sure what Jaime King is around for other than to look very pretty, and Karel Roden is a Nazi villain who seems to have come straight out of HELLBOY. There are some other amusing bit parts, like the appearance of Mako in one of his last roles, plus British television actress Victoria Smurfit playing another villain with a stiff-upper-lip accent.The action isn't great, but it has a nicely violent edge for what is essentially a kid's film. I didn't care for the wirework, but the straightforward fighting scenes are good. They rip off Jackie Chan films pretty heavily for the style, choreography and reliance on props, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Special effects are decent and the film has a good pace. While the dialogue isn't entirely credible and some of the minor characters/situations completely laughable, and not in a good way, for the most part BULLETPROOF MONK is amiable tosh and a film I got a lot of enjoyment from.

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SnoopyStyle

The Monk With No Name (Yun-Fat Chow) takes over guarding a sacred scroll that if read out loud will give unlimited powers. He is tasked to protect the scroll from anybody reading for the next 60 years. On the first day, the Nazis under Strucker attack the monastery massacring the monks. The Monk is shot with the scroll falling off a cliff. 60 years later, the Monk is in the modern world still running from the bad guys and petty thief Kar (Seann William Scott) is running from the cops. They both jump in to rescue a kid from the subway train tracks. Kar steals the scroll from the Monk and he runs into a gang of subway thugs. Jade (Jaime King) is the leader's girl and has an eye on the charming Kar.This comic book concept could work. It just needs to be either less campy or a whole lot more campy. Maybe it needs to be both. The subway gang looks really really really stupid. SWS needs more jokes and he's capable of being funnier. Chow Yun Fat sort of works as the wise monk. The duo has some good chemistry and is probably the best thing about this movie. The camera style isn't the best and looks a lot like 80s Toronto-for-NYC movies. Music video director Paul Hunter just doesn't have the skills. Also Jaime King looks a lot better as a blonde. She could be a great comic book character. It's too silly to be thrilling but not silly enough to be funny.

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BA_Harrison

Poor old Chow Yun Fat—lured to the U.S. with the promise of an international career and big pay checks only to wind up playing second fiddle to Stifler in a trite adventure dependent on sub-par CGI and lousy wire-work. No wonder that, with the exception of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, he has worked exclusively in his homeland ever since. Hollywood really sucks sometimes!Yun-Fat plays a Tibetan monk who, during WWII, is tasked with looking after an ancient scroll able to endow the person who reads it with the power to rule the world. Because the screenwriters haven't got a single original bone in their bodies, this ancient artifact is sought after by the Nazis; sixty years later but not a day older, Yun Fat is still protecting the scroll from now aged Nazi Strucker (Karel Roden). Seann William Scott plays Kar, a pickpocket who unwittingly fulfils three ancient prophecies that mark him as the next protector of the scroll...Predictable, unimaginative nonsense from start to finish, with decidedly mediocre action scenes, Bulletproof Monk will annoy the hell out of anyone with a half decent knowledge of martial arts/Asian action cinema; Kar learning his martial arts skills by watching old kung fu movies is hard enough to accept, but I simply will not forgive director Paul Hunter for completely wasting the talents of the legendary Yun Fat.

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ctomvelu-1

With an opening that clearly influenced BATMAN BEGINS, BULLETPROOF MONK is about a Tibetan monk (Fat) entrusted with a precious scroll. He "enlists" the aid of a street punk (Williams) to keep the scroll out of the hands of a Nazi (Roden), who is right out of an Indiana Jones movie. Lots of fighting and gags, and Fat and Williams work well together. The contents of the scroll, which bounces back and forth between the good guys and bad guys, provides something of a surprise near the end. Roden makes the perfect villain, and the climactic fight between Roden and Williams is eye-popping. Wire fu abounds, but this is a fantasy flick, after all, and not to be taken seriously. The very attractive Jamie King plays the mandatory love interest.

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