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A nameless monk travels the globe charged with one purpose in life: to protect an ancient scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. In his advanced age, the monk decides that it is time to find and train a new scroll keeper. A streetwise punk becomes the chosen one after he inadvertantly saves the monk from capture.
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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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I love the story, character choices and the action in this film.
It is both serious yet funny and I can't help but laugh at Seann William scott at times although it was nice to see him in a more serious role.
I love the action scenes in this and I think that Yun-Fat Chow played a wonderful Monk.
Fun for all the family!
Chowy plays a Buddhist monk tasked with guarding a sacred scroll. The Nazis want their hands on it, but as long as he is the guardian he is immortal. The movie flashes forward from 1943 to 2003 Canada substituting for New York, where Chowy is still fleeing the last surviving Nazi. He meets up with Kar (a bored Sean William Scott) and Jade, a bad girl, and they involve themselves in 104 minutes of utterly incomprehensible trash.
The film is ugly to look at, filled with drab, muted color schemes and dreary production design. The acting is appalling, the dialogue is awful, and the action poorly-edited and completely unexciting.
Apparently it's based on an underground comic-book. It should have been an underground movie. Utter trash!
The DVD looks absolutely terrible too.
Jaime King plays Jade, a mafia princess, who is one of the good guys. Seann William Scott stars as Kar, a pick-pocket who has learned fighting from watching marshal art films. Yun-Fat Chow plays a monk with a secret he must protect from the evil doers who want to dominate the world.
It is a film that would have that 13-16 year old appeal.
There is lots of action from gravity defying twists to overkill helicopters. Therefore, you can see that money has been thrown at this film. Too bad, it is so mediocre. However, for people that keep up with cultural literacy this film is a must for people that read the comic book.
I only watched the Blu-ray version so I cannot compare to other versions.
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