Bulletproof Monk

Bulletproof Monk

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Director: Paul Hunter, Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott, Jaime King

Cast: Paul Hunter, Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott, Jaime King


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For stateside cinema fans who long for more Fat in their cinematic diets, MGM/UA's release of the breakneck action flick Bulletproof Monk is sure to satisfy. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is rich and vivid, presenting the film's well-planned color scheme to great effect. The notable progression from light to dark through the course of the


For stateside cinema fans who long for more Fat in their cinematic diets, MGM/UA's release of the breakneck action flick Bulletproof Monk is sure to satisfy. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is rich and vivid, presenting the film's well-planned color scheme to great effect. The notable progression from light to dark through the course of the film lends a truly cinematic feel to the film which translates well to the small screen, with spot-on skin tones and solid blacks rounding out the impressive visual presentation. Likewise, the English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio mix utilizes directional effects well and is clear of any notable hiss or distortion. Composer Eric Serra's grandiose, swelling score more that adequately fills the room while simultaneously providing the mystical backbone of the film. Much touted for its abundance of extra features, this disc does indeed contain an impressive number of goodies, though fans of Hong Kong film legend Chow Yun-Fat will no doubt find disappointment in his exclusion from the two audio commentary tracks. Though director Paul Hunter and producers Charles Roven and Douglas Segal's commentary is technically competent (Hunter comes off as a humble director who was truly dedicated in making the film a rich, character-driven effort), it would have been great to hear Fat discussing his role given that he has been suspiciously absent from commentary tracks on releases from any of his American efforts. The commentary track by writers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris is also lively and informative, and it's obvious that their understanding of the action genre sprang from a solid background in martial arts films. Deleted scenes and an alternate ending show many comic elements lifted from the final cut of the film (especially Karel Roden's über-hammy performance as an ageing Nazi determined to regain the vitality of youth), and insightful commentary from editor Robert K. Lambert discusses in detail why the scenes were left on the cutting room floor. Featurettes included on this release of Bulletproof Monk offer a comprehensive look at nearly every aspect of the production. "The Tao of Monk" consists of five behind-the-scenes featurettes that discuss in detail everything from the choreography to the character and story arcs to the visual design of the film and the sometimes-subtle special effects. Likewise, the humorously titled "The Monk Unrobed" featurette takes an interesting look at the translation of the film from the comic-book to the big screen, and it's interesting to hear just how the filmmakers decided to flesh out a character who, in the comic series, remained a seldom seen mystical figure. Overall a more than commendable presentation of a film that, while it may not have struck box-office gold, rarely fails to entertain less-demanding action fans.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Chow Yun-Fat fans take note: this is not the one you've been waiting for. That said, taken as what it is (a fairly generic urban actioner that stands slightly apart from the pack due to it's mystic slant), Bulletproof Monk is still a moderately entertaining effort that will no doubt entertain the less demanding action fan. The thing that American directors seem to keep forgetting (Anna and the King director Andy Tenant aside) is that Chow can actually act -- despite the fact that he still looks really cool jumping and flipping while firing duel 9mms. Only a fraction of Chow's Hong Kong efforts were action movies (curious casual fans should seek out All About Ah-Long for a taste of his more tender side), and despite the fact that a handful of those efforts were indeed genre-defining, he simply hasn't been utilized to full effect in American cinema. Though after The Replacement Killers and The Corrupter it is nice to see Chow in a fairly good-humored role, one still gets the feeling that if his stateside performances continue in such a generic fashion that he'll never get the international attention that he truly deserves. Director Paul Hunter does an adequate job of creating his own unique visual scheme due to strong use of color, and his action directing is also fairly assured. Likewise, Seann William Scott makes for a fairly charming street thief, and his easygoing nature makes the fact that his character is essentially a good person at heart relatively believable. Supporting performances are fairly strong across the board, though it's painfully obvious (especially during the final confrontation) that many of villainous Nazi Strucker's (Karel Roden) more comic character components were sadly left on the cutting room floor given that the other humorous elements of the film are so blatant. Though those unfamiliar with Chow aren't likely to be quite as demanding of this effort (and should definitely seek out his Honk Kong actioners to see how it's really done), Bulletproof Monk is just entertaining enough to tide over hardcore Chow fans until inevitable reteaming with longtime collaborator John Woo.

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Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes with commentary by editor Robert K. Lambert; Alternate ending with commentary by Robert K. Lambert; "The Tao of Monk": 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes; "The Monk Unrobed" featurette; Audio commentary by the writers; Audio commentary by director Paul Hunter and producers Charles Roven and Douglas Segal; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chow Yun-Fat The Bulletproof Monk
Seann William Scott Kar
Jaime King Jade/Bad Girl
Karel Roden Strucker
Victoria Smurfit Nina
Mako Mr. Kojima
Marcus Jean Pirae Mr. Funktastic
Roger Yuan Master Onk
James Acheson Merc
Lloyd Adams Transit Cop
Bayo Akinfemi Shade
Christopher D. Amos Transit Cop
Robert Archer Buzz
Sean Bell Diesel
Matt Birman Merc
Chad Camileri Merc
Tommy Chang Temple Monk
Phil Chiu Monastery Monk
Fabian Choe Temple Monk
Mike Chow Temple Monk
Albert Chung Young Monk
Chris Collins Sax
Murray R. Croft Transit Cop
Raven Dauda Young Mother
Neil Davison Kommando
Kishaya Dudley DV
Paul Fauteux Subway Cop
Feng Jun Wei Wu Shu Monk
Michael Gow Monastery Monk
Karis Han Boy Monk
Joel Harris Kommando
Brian Jagersky Merc
Blair Johannes Merc
Suresh John Cabbie
Allen Keng Monastery Monk
James Kim Temple Monk
Henry Korhonen Kommando
Nathan Lam Wu Shu Monk
Danny Lima Merc
Lin Yi-Sheng Wu Shu Monk
Steve Lucescu Merc
John MacDonald Merc
Patrick Mark Kommando
Christopher McGuire Kommando
Isys McKoy Little Girl
Regan Moore Kommando
Billy Oliver Kommando
Robert Racki Merc
Mauricio Rodas Wicho
Kevin Rushton Merc
Hadley Sandiford Merc
Angela Seto Old Sho Girl
Peter Snider Three Piece Suit
Alan Tang Kwong-Wing Wu Shu Monk
Bryan Thomas Kommando
Geoff Williams Breathless Cop
Peter Wong Wu Shu Monk
Michael Yanover Hotdog Vendor
Russell Yuen Brother Tenzin

Technical Credits
Paul Hunter Director
Roy T. Anderson Stunts
Marcello Baccala Stunts
Rob Ballantyne Set Decoration/Design
Ron Bell Stunts
Dan Belley Stunts
Marco Bianco Stunts
Leigh Brinkman Stunts
Anita Camarata Musical Direction/Supervision
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
Shane Cardwell Stunts
D.J. Carson Production Manager
Terence Chang Producer
William Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Colin Chilvers Consultant/advisor
Gotham Chopra Executive Producer
Ian Chow Stunts
Christopher Cordell Stunts
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Marty Dejczak Production Manager
Shakya Dorje Consultant/advisor
Wayne Downer Stunts
Stephanie Dudley Animator
Deborah Evans Production Designer
Wong Wai Fai Stunts
Vladislav Fedorov Set Decoration/Design
Michael Fylyshtan Camera Operator
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Nick Gazda Art Director
Alan Glazer Co-producer
T. Arv Grewal Art Director
Ted Hall Sound Mixer
Michael Hall Camera Operator
David Harcourt Consultant/advisor
David Herrington Cinematographer
Curtis Hibbert Stunts
Perry Hoffman Camera Operator
Susan Horton Stunts
Diane Kerbel Casting
Jung-Yul Kim Stunts
Mary Kim Production Manager
Kaz Kobielski Special Effects Supervisor
Kym Kristalie Stunts
Elis Lam Set Decoration/Design
Robert Lambert Associate Producer,Editor
Gregg Landaker Sound Mixer
Tim Landry Special Effects Supervisor
Emmy Leung Makeup
Troy P. Liddell Choreography
Angelica Lisk Stunts
Caroline Macaulay Executive Producer
Mindy Marin Casting
Darren Marsman Stunts
Steve Maslow Sound Mixer
Darren Michael McGuire Stunts
Duncan McLeod Stunts
Eric Norlin Art Director
Brent O'Connor Co-producer
Dennis Oliver Stunts
Mark Paniccia Co-producer
Sue Parker Stunts
Fred Perron Stunts
Ed Queffelec Stunts
Joseph R. Racki Stunts
Robert Reese Stunts
Ethan Reiff Screenwriter
Bryan Renfro Stunts
Jean Marc Rodrigue Animator
Howard Rothschild Asst. Director
Charles Roven Producer
Douglas Segal Executive Producer
Claude Serra Executive Producer
Eric Serra Score Composer
David Sheridan Camera Operator
Kelley Smith-Wait Executive Producer
Soundstorm Sound/Sound Designer
Lori Stewar Stunts
Dave Stinson Stunts
John Stoneham Stunts
Clive Thomasson Set Decoration/Design
Mike Tighe Stunts
Keith Vanderlaan Makeup Special Effects
Jennifer Vey Stunts
Cyrus Voris Screenwriter
Len Wagner Stunts
Trevor Ward Consultant/advisor
Stephen Tung Wei Consultant/advisor
Wendy Whaley Animator
Delphine White Costumes/Costume Designer
John Woo Producer
Paul Wu Stunts
Michael Yanover Executive Producer
Peng Zhang Stunts

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Final Touch [2:41]
2. To Protect the Scroll [3:16]
3. ...From the Enemy [4:54]
4. Like Two Approaching Trains [4:52]
5. Funktastic Businessman [2:24]
6. "He's Going to Lose" [5:25]
7. Worth Waiting For [1:11]
8. His Home is His Palace [3:05]
9. Cantonese for 'Family' [3:58]
10. A Better, Purer World [3:44]
11. The Hot Dog Riddle [2:16]
12. Brave and Stupid [2:01]
13. Whose Fight Is It? [2:30]
14. Brothers in Waiting [5:02]
15. Unity of Opposites [2:20]
16. Aerial Attacks [4:14]
17. Truth of the Matter [:27]
18. Asking Mr. Kojima [2:27]
19. Another 60 Years [3:12]
20. The Monk as Traitor [3:18]
21. Misdirection & Speed [2:33]
22. In the Palace of Jade [4:06]
23. Well-Armed Princess [5:06]
24. Every Last Letter [1:17]
25. "You DO Have Potential" [2:40]
26. Rejuvenated Evil [2:09]
27. Bad Girl Combat [2:01]
28. The Force of Evil [1:17]
29. Last Chance to Change [4:41]
30. The Third Prophecy [2:10]
31. Inseperable [2:54]
32. End Credit [:59]


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Bulletproof Monk 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the incredible yun-fat has struck gold again.if not for him this movie would only receive 3 stars. mindblowing stunts and the ever so graceful chow make this a must see. hey he's cute to.
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i love this movie and you will to
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