Bulletproof Monk

Bulletproof Monk

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Director: Paul Hunter

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

     
 

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A monk and a pickpocket become unlikely allies in this action adventure story. Sixty years ago, a nameless monk (Chow Yun-Fat) was appointed the guardian of a mysterious scroll that grants remarkable powers to those who possess it. After six decades of traveling the world to protect the scroll, the monk must find someone new to assume the responsibility, but as fate… See more details below

Overview

A monk and a pickpocket become unlikely allies in this action adventure story. Sixty years ago, a nameless monk (Chow Yun-Fat) was appointed the guardian of a mysterious scroll that grants remarkable powers to those who possess it. After six decades of traveling the world to protect the scroll, the monk must find someone new to assume the responsibility, but as fate would have it, the new caretaker turns out to be Kar (Seann William Scott), a scruffy and distinctly non-enlightened petty thief living in San Francisco. As the monk attempts to educate Kar in the powers and responsibilities of the scroll and the ways of a monk's life, they discover they have a rival for the possession of the valuable scroll. As Kar and the monk fend off their mysterious adversary, they are aided by Bad Girl (Jaime King), a beautiful Russian mob affiliate with amazing martial arts skills and a vested interest in keeping the scroll in virtuous hands. Bulletproof Monk was based a comic book series published in 1999; Chow Yun-Fat's frequent collaborators John Woo and Terence Chang produced.

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
UPC:
0883904216537
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1A
Time:
3:28:00

Special Features

Dvd:; Deleted scenes commentary by editor Robert K. Lambert; Alternate ending commentary by editor Robert K. Lambert; The tao of monk-5 behind-the-scenes featurettes; The Monk unrobed featurette; Audio commentary by the writers; Audio commentary by the director 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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bulletproof Monk
1. Main Title/Final Touch [2:41]
2. To Protect the Scroll [3:16]
3. ...From the Enemy [4:54]
4. Like Two...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 Credits [:59]

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