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Le gardien du manuscrit sacré (2003)

Bulletproof Monk (original title)
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Based on the very underground comic book, a Tibetan monk becomes a mentor to a young street kid whom he can teach to protect a scroll.

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Monk With No Name (as Chow Yun-Fat)
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Kar
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Mr. Funktastic
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Sax (as Chris Collins)
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Diesel
Kishaya Dudley ...
DV
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Buzz
Mauricio Rodas ...
Wicho
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Shade
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Brother Tenzin
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Storyline

For 60 years a mysterious monk with no name has zigzagged the globe to protect an ancient scroll - a scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. Now the Monk must look for a new scrollkeeper. Kar is an unlikely candidate, a streetwise young man whose only interest is himself. But when he inadvertently saves the Bulletproof Monk from capture, the two become partners in a scheme to save the world from the scroll's most avid pursuer. Packed with spectacular special effects and martial arts action, the Monk, Kar, and a sexy Russian mob princess called Bad Girl must struggle to find, face, and fight the ultimate enemy. Written by Press kit

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A monk. A punk. A chick. In a kick-ass flick. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 August 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Le gardien du manuscrit sacré  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,653,542, 20 April 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,020,488, 26 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,960,630, 7 November 2003
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Heath Ledger considered the role of Kar but turned it down to star in Ned Kelly (2003). See more »

Goofs

The amount of blood in Jade's hand after she first opens it to reveal the bullet is different in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Strucker: You may be my granddaughter. But that will only protect you for so long.
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Connections

Referenced in BoJack Horseman: Thought and Prayers (2017) See more »

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Static World
Written by Dylan Berry
Performed by the Hollow Enemy Orchestra and Dylan Berry
Courtesy of Hollowstone Records
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User Reviews

 
You want fun, this is fun; you want Lawrence of Arabia, rent Lawrence of Arabia.
24 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I'll be brief.

The movie starts with a bang, and ends with a boom, with plenty of pops and kabangs along the way.

You want a movie that's fun, with likable actors, good action, a light plot that moves right along, and more than a few genuine chuckles? This is one of those.

Watching Chow Yun Fat work is fun, whether he's giving life to a substantial, full orbed character such as in Crouching Tiger, or to a more stereotypical one as the Monk with No Name.

Don't confuse the movies, and you'll have fun. As for all the vitriolic, acidic critics... maybe some folks just need to take themselves just a tad less seriously.

Or a few tads.


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