The tremendous charisma of Chow Yun-Fat anchors this entertaining comic-book romp. Bulletproof Monk
centres 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) 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 humour, good for a mindless evening's entertainment. --Bret Fetzer
He has no name. He protects a powerful secret. Now, to fulfil an ancient prophecy, he has found the one whos supposed to take his place and its the most unlikely candidate of all.
In this non-stop action adventure, the Monk (Chow Yun-Fat) is a Zen-calm martial arts master whose duty has been to protect a powerful ancient scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. Now, faced with finding the scrolls next guardian, the Monks quest brings him to America. It seems according to an ancient prophecy and to his disbelief the Monks successor is a charming, street-tough wild card named Kar (Seann William Scott). As the Monk instructs Kar in the ways of a protector, the unlikely duo become partners in shielding the scroll from the evil power-hungry armies who try to take it. Amidst a flurry of high-flying acrobatics, martial arts action and quick-witted humour, this comic odd couple have to work together to keep the scroll safe.