Bulletproof Monk

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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An invulnerable Buddhist monk (Chow Yun-Fat) is protector of a scroll that could bring infinite power to any man reading it. Sixty years after inheriting this priceless artefact in Tibet, the Monk with No Name is walking the streets of New York, doing good where he may, when he crosses paths with pickpocket Kar (Scott). Kar may seem an unlikely candidate as the Monk's successor, but at least he's got the teen fanbase sewn up. Co-produced by John Woo and based on a '90s Flypaper Press comic, this doesn't aim very high yet still struggles to replicate the stunning wire stunts beloved of HK martial arts fans. Chow was never a martial arts star back home, but he's a good enough actor - and an engaging enough personality - to pass for one here. The mentor/wayward pupil pairing also works well, deflecting the fortune cookie clich├ęs with ironic bravado while generating genuine affection.

Release details

Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Paul Hunter
Screenwriter: Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat
Seann William Scott
Jaime King
Karel Roden
Victoria Smurfit
Marcus Jean Pirae
Mako
Roger Yuan
Chris Collins
Sean Bell
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