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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
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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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To fulfill the prophecy, he must find the one to take his place. See more »


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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:

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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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The actors who portray the monks in the movie are real martial artists from the Sunny Tang Martial Arts Center located in Toronto, Canada. See more »

Goofs

When Jade is talking to the cinema owner her hair is alternately behind her ear/hanging straight between shots. See more »

Quotes

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

References Kwaidan (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Chronopolis
Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda
(The first ten seconds of this Chrono Cross (1999) track is played as Jade walks through a sewer tunnel before confronting Nina.)
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Bulletproof? No. Cheesy fun? Yes.
16 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have just gotten back from seeing Bulletproof Monk (literally) which is essentially a very cheesy movie, but dammit if it isn't fun! I knew the movie was going to be silly, but I just wanted to see some wire-fu and be entertained.

The story is silly, it's about a monk who has to protect a scroll that when read will give the reader ultimate power (of course the protector of the scroll gets the magical power of wife-fu abilities). This monk (who has no name) has to find a new protector because it's been 60 years. So he chooses a pickpocket named Kar to become the nameless monk. And then they cavort around and run into a group of neo-nazis after the scroll (those wacky neo-nazis!) a Russian mafia princess named Jade (played by the smoking hot Jaime King) and a British guy with a mohawk named Mr. Funktastic, who lives in the underground of the New York subway, and keeps making verbal threats to cut men's genitalia off.

This movie takes itself lightheartedly, so the main duo of Seann William Scott and Chow Yun-Fat act like they are cast in a buddy cop film. Both Scott and Chow are funny (especially Chow), the wire-fu is entertaining, Jaime King is hot, and the whole movie works.

It's not the best film ever, and I couldn't tell you if it's the best Chow Yun-Fat film ever, since my local Hollywood video lacks his Hong Kong imports. But Bulletproof Monk may entertain those who like cheesy martial art flicks, or appese the action junkie while he has to wait to see the next summer blockbuster. I don't like rating systems, but if I did I would give it a 6 out of 10. It's not great but good. Have fun with it.


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