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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.
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
While I really enjoyed the movie, I only gave it 4 stars as the acting as well as some of the wire work and martial arts action was somewhat subdued compared to other films of the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by mandocello
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