Wednesday June 9, 2004

Bulletproof Monk

If you like fast-paced action movies, especially if you like fast-paced martial arts action movies where Good triumphs over Evil, you should like Bulletproof Monk. The movies stars Yun-Fat Chow (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as the likeable "Monk without a name" (and this time the hero survives the movie!).

We first meet the Monk in 1943 when he is entrusted with the protection of an ancient scroll. The scroll is the key to unlimited power - either for good or... evil. Moments after he is made the scroll's protector, the Monk must defend the scroll from a Nazi commander. His defense involves falling backwards off a sheer cliff.

Fast forward 60 years. The Monk is now in the United States, still protecting the scroll. He's on the run from the same Nazi commander, aged, infirm, and wheelchair bound, but determined to get the scroll so he can regain his youth and remake the world to his own specifications.

If you read the comments on the Internet Movie Database, a lot of people had took swipes at this movie (unfortunately). Nevertheless, I thought it was charming. I thought it was fun. I liked the characters a lot too (especially the Monk). Now I'm looking for other movies starring Yun-Fat Chow.

I must admit that I did find the underground cavern and the mysterious mind-reading device to be rather over-the-top, but that was the only part of the movie I didn't like. Beyond that, do keep in mind that this movie is based on a comic book. It's not meant to be Important, World-Changing Theatre. It's meant to be a fast-paced (it is), interesting (I thought so), fun-to-watch (ditto) story.

Fans of Star Wars (the original triology) should pay close attention to the scene where the Monk appears in Kar's apartment. It's reminiscent of Luke's first encounter with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.

Bulletproof Monk ( in category Books, Movies, Music ) - posted at Wed, 09 Jun, 21:48 Pacific | «e»