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Bulletproof Monk (2003)

Yun-Fat Chow , Seann William Scott , Paul Hunter  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Seann William Scott, Jaime King, Karel Roden, Victoria Smurfit
  • Directors: Paul Hunter
  • Writers: Cyrus Voris, Ethan Reiff
  • Producers: Alan Glazer, Brent O'Connor, Caroline Macaulay, Charles Roven, Douglas Segal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A9GHD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,277 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bulletproof Monk" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with commentary by editor Robert K. Lambert
  • Alternate ending with commentary by editor Robert K. Lambert
  • "The Tao of Monk": 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • "The Monk Unrobed" featurette
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery

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Product Description

Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott, Jaime King. Constantly traversing the globe to protect an ancient scroll of untold power, a mysterious monk joins forces with a selfish drifter and a Russian Mob princess to fend off the monk's most dangerous pursuer once and for all. 2003/color/104 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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The tremendous charisma of Chow Yun-fat anchors this entertaining comic-book romp. Bulletproof Monk centers around a monk with no name (Chow) dedicated to protecting a sacred scroll that can give world-manipulating power to anyone who reads it. A hidden Nazi has been pursuing the scroll for 60 years and has finally caught up with the monk in present-day New York City; meanwhile, the monk suspects he may have found a disciple in a petty thief (Seann William Scott, Dude, Where's My Car?, American Pie) who's learned kung fu from watching double-feature chopsocky flicks. Don't let the presence of Chow Yun-fat lead you to expect much substance--this doesn't have the emotional scope of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or the visual panache of Hard-Boiled. But Bulletproof Monk is a cheerful, tightly edited, unpretentious action flick with flashes of humor, good for a mindless evening's entertainment. Also featuring Jaime (a.k.a. James) King (Blow). --Bret Fetzer

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bulletproof Monk -Theatrical release April 20, 2003
By A Customer
The reasons I enjoyed this movie are: 1. Chow Yun Fat. This superb actor never fails to give his best to any type of role he undertakes. He often overcomes any flaws in the script itself, and I feel that is what he did here. He has played many different types of characters and never repeats himself. I enjoyed his humour as well as his action scenes. They were suberbly choreographed. I believe that the presence of John Woo had much to do with that.
2. I was delighted to see that this movie, unlike many others today, was more than just a lot of action but had some plot, laughs,excitement,and genuine fun for the audience.
3. I liked that the heros did some good deeds such as saving a person from the wheels of a subway train, and returning a wallet to a man on the street,etc. But then, when Mr. Chow has played the bad guy in many of his Asian films, he always had the persona of a villian with a heart, such as going back into a burning building in one old film to save a baby
4.I was a bit disappointed in the lack of a lot of lush scenery and sets, but what was there was appropiate to the plot.
5. The fight between the two women reminded me of "Crouching Tiger, ....." Go see it you'll like it!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly Bullet Proof April 7, 2003
By A Customer
Going into this movie it can go either way depending on the audience participation. The movie starts off really well with a great mix of both comedy and action and like I said before it all depends on the audience participation. There will be points when the film requires you to take in a joke inorder to follow through to the next one. Sometimes the jokes are great and lead into a great action sequence that will have you repeating character dialouge and saying "How did you do that?" Chow Yun Fat has to be one of my favorite and fourth as the most recognizable Asian actors. Most people will go in with the deep impression of Crouching Tiger and it will help when Yun Fat passes on some comedic dialouge. Fifteen or twenty minutes into the movie you'll start to get this Matrix vibe that takes away from a great action comedy. Still the characters draw you in with a fantastic comedic performance. Unfortunatly though the movie starts to become to predictable towards the end and get a little off touch with the over all concept of the film. A crazy Tim Roth looking guy comes into play and the whole movie starts to stink to high heaven. It reminded me to much of those cheesy made for the big screen video game flicks like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Overall though it made me laugh and that's pretty much what I was looking for. A little disappointed with the lack of traditional martial arts fight sequences that I was expecting from Yun Fat but as I said overall it was entertaining. A great comedy but a so-so action film.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Way To Spend A Few Hours April 28, 2003
Having recently read the Bulletproof Monk comic, on which this film is based, and been less than thrilled with it, I was kind of reluctant to see the film. On the one hand, the source material reeked. On the other hand, Chow Yun-Fat is an action-film God....Finally curiousity won out, and I decided to give Bulletproof Monk a shot. (Get it? Bulletproof...? Shot...? Never mind....)
The film mercifully departs from the Comic almost immediately, and boy, was I glad! Yun-Fat plays the nameless Monk, who is not so much bulletproof as able to dodge bullets (Think Keanu in The Matrix...). He's charged with protecting an ancient scroll that can bring about the end of the world. As the film opens (In the 1940's), his monastary is beseiged by Nazi's seeking the scroll. After the Monk escapes with the scroll, we flash forward 60 Years, as the un-aged Monk meets up with a young pickpocket (Seann William Scott). The Monk decides to train him in the Monkly Arts, and before you know it, that pesky Nazi is back, menacing our Monk from his wheelchair. (Yeah, it's goofy, but it's a lot of fun.) Throw in the gorgeous James King as a butt kickin' Kung-Fu girl, and you've got the recipe for a good time. The villains are villainous, the Heroes are heroic, the action is cool, and the one-liners fly fast and furious. Yun-Fat is delightfully droll as the Monk, delivering ancient wisdom with a sly smirk on his face. One small quibble: I'm glad the filmmakers decided to scrap the Comic's storyline, but it's too bad they couldn't stay closer the book's all-Asian cast of characters. (No offense to Scott and King, both of whom were great in their roles....It'd just be nice to see Hollywood be a little more colorblind in their casting choices.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good Action Yarn May 26, 2005
Format:DVD
I've been trying to watch "Bulletproof Monk" for the last four days. It seems that everytime I would begin to watch it, something would come up that would tear me away from it. The beginning of that film(in fact, the first hour), is very good. It opens with a brilliant battle between Chow Yun-Fat and his mentor, the monk without a name. At the end of this battle, which is really a test, Yun-Fat is christened as the new monk with no name and is given the responsibility of protecting a scroll that holds the key to world domination. Of course, those pesky Nazis have an interest in this artifact and they show up just as our hero takes charge of the scroll. He manages to escape and winds up in New York City....sixty years later. It seems that those who protect the scroll earn the trust of time and do not age. Yun-Fat has come to turn the scroll over to a new protector, whom he thinks is Seann William Scott(Stiffler, of "American Pie" fame). The interaction between the two is great, better than the chemistry between Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Not long after the duo meet up, Scott runs into a gang of baddies who decide he is crossing their turf. A fight ensues and we are introduced to the character of Jade, played convincingly by Jaime King. Not long after that, I was interrupted on three occasions at roughly the same time during the film.

I finally managed to watch the entire flick last night, and I must say that after the battle with Funktastic, the movie sort of levels off on action and humor. Both are still present, but not of the same caliber as the beginning of the film. Chow Yun-Fat shows us that he can pull off both comedy and drama, though I felt he gave a better performance in "The Replacement Killers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie. Not my favorite
Fun movie. Not my favorite, but I thought it was worth buying.
Published 14 days ago by K. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gift!
Published 20 days ago by JS
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Chow Yun Fat fans; otherwise, meh!
This wasn't reviewed very well and aspects of the story are kinda corny. Chow Yun Fat is still Chow Yun Fat, and that's worth 4 stars. He's my age. How does he look so young?
Published 20 days ago by The Bear
4.0 out of 5 stars ... slightly biased as this is a movie genre I enjoy very much
I'm slightly biased as this is a movie genre I enjoy very much, but.....loved it. A little corn ball on the stunts but if you're into kung fu type comedies, this one is for you. Read more
Published 26 days ago by J. Cover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Old Movie!!
I have this movie already on VHS; therefore, U know I have had it for years! It's a great, action movie! Love the special effects , especially since the movie is so old! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie!!!
Published 1 month ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
great tale
Published 1 month ago by Peggy Talbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good funny movie!
Published 1 month ago by Ranmasou
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoofy hidden dragon wan-a-be
Monk With No Name (Chow Yun-Fat, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame) for 60 years he is being perused by a member (Karel Roden) of the NSPD (National Socialist German Workers'... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoofy hidden dragon wan-a-be
Monk With No Name (Chow Yun-Fat, of Pirates of the Caribbean fame) for 60 years he is being perused by a member (Karel Roden) of the NSPD (National Socialist German Workers'... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bernie
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