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''Bulletproof Monk'' is a 2003 martial arts action-fantasy film starring Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott and Jaime King and is about a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bulletproof monk]]. The film was directed by Paul Hunter. It is loosely based on the comic book by Michael Avon Oeming.

The film was shot in Toronto, Ontario, and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and other locations that look closely like New York City.

For 60 years a mysterious monk with no name has zigzagged the globe to protect an ancient scroll - a scroll that holds the key to unlimited power. Now the Monk must look for a new scrollkeeper. Kar is an unlikely candidate, a streetwise young man whose only interest is himself. But when he inadvertently saves the Bulletproof Monk from capture, the two become partners in a scheme to save the world from the scroll's most avid pursuer. Packed with spectacular special effects and martial arts action, the Monk, Kar, and a sexy Russian mob princess called Jade must struggle to find, face, and fight the ultimate enemy.

!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Jade's combat skills are appropriate for [[MafiaPrincess her status]].
* AntiHero: Kar is crude, he's a thief and otherwise not what The Monk was looking for when he set out to find a successor but he still has noble qualities.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Kar meets one after joining the Monk. He has an horrendous attitude and acts like anyone outside his circle is trash.
* ArtifactOfDoom: What the Scroll is in the wrong hands; instant genocide!
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Kar taught himself how to fight by watching kung-fu movies and mimicking the moves shown there. The Monk spies on him "training" by doing kata with Bruce Lee footage.
%%* BadassLongcoat: The Monk wears it.
* BattleCouple: Kar and Jade. After they fight each other they fight together.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The granddaughter of a Nazi officer who works to help her grandfather obtain the scroll so that he can commit genocide on a global scale. Her day job is [[spoiler: running the Human Rights Organization]].
* CompleteImmortality: Scroll Guardians cannot be killed nor will they ever die of old age.
* CrushingHandshake: One of the monks tries this on Kar, leading to a standoff of sorts.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Nina is just as cruel and wicked as the BigBad.
* DarkActionGirl: Nina is cruely efficient.
* DeathSeeker: The Monk, though it's more of a "find a successor and retire" thing than a "die in battle" thing.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Jade and Nina's fight with each other but Jade also fights with Kar.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Downplayed. Strucker mentions to Nina after she fails a mission that just because she's his granddaughter that won't save her for long.
* EvilCripple: Strucker; when he's old, and thus feeble, he is still a vicious Nazi.
* EvilPlan: The BigBad is a Nazi. Naturally, his goal is to use mystical power to commit genocide and become a god.
* ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask: The Monk dodges his soon-to-be OddCouple partner's attacks while eating a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and not spilling a drop.
* {{Ghostapo}}: The film's Big Bad is a former SS officer who wants the Scroll's power for himself.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Bulletproof Monk was originally going to have an R rating, during the switch to a PG-13 rating, one of the characters was renamed Mr. Funktastic from his previously, more offensive moniker. His original name is still noticeable where his necklace has been suspiciously affixed to his chest to cover up his tattoo.
** The TV edit has old, seasoned police officers calling each other "silly beast" in anger.
* HumansAreFlawed: The Monk's Order hides the Scroll because humanity as a whole is "not ready" for its power.
* HumansAreGood: The Monk's Order implies that, in the future, humans might be responsible enough for the Scroll's power, which is why they don't destroy it outright.
* IceCreamKoan: The riddle of why hot dogs come in packs of 10 and buns in packs of 8. Gar first suggests that it's a way of saying [[DareToBeBadass you need to push yourself]].
-->The reason hot dogs come in packages of ten but hot-dog buns come in packages of just eight is so you’ll ''always'' need ''more'' buns for your hot dogs--because no matter how much you get, how much you achieve, how many times you win… You can never, ever let yourself feel like it’s enough.
** He changes his mind after [[spoiler:becoming the new Monk]], deciding it means that you can't really be happy until you accept what you can't change.
-->You just have to accept that, no matter how hard you try, you can never, ever have everything you want… So be happy with what you’ve got--‘cause you can always have a hot dog.
* ImmortalitySeeker: Part of the reason the Big Bad wants the scroll is to live forever.
* ImmuneToBullets:
** The Monk has this as a Scroll Guardian power, thus the title "Bulletproof Monk".
** [[spoiler: Kar and Jade become this when the scroll is passed to them at the end.]]
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: {{Lampshaded}} by Kar. Who would expect a Chinese theater to be owned and operated by a Japanese man?
** Kar tries to pass of the Monk as a (Chinese) Shaolin to Jade, but she immediately points out that Shaolin have to completely shave their heads. She accurately identifies him as a Tibetan Buddhist. Conversely, the Monk shows familiarity for Sikh tenets to an Indian cab driver, who expresses that he'd almost think the Monk was a Sikh himself but for not having ''enough'' hair.
* LegacyOfTheChosen: The monk is established to be just the current iteration of a legacy spanning generations passed.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: Kar and Jade; it's described in the movie as [[spoiler:Battling for love in the palace of Jade.]]
* MafiaPrincess: Jade's father is a big name in the criminal underworld. [[spoiler: This is significant in regards to the Scroll's prophecy. Because she is a princess, her mansion counts as a palace.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: The first Guardian shown in the film is shot to death as soon as he finishes training Monk. [[spoiler: Mr. Kojima, who has been trying to get Kar to figure his life out, is murdered by Nina when she is trying to find Kar.]]
* NoManOfWomanBorn: The prophecy ''sounds'' specific but there's actually a lot of wiggle room. To be specific, the titular Monk must have completed three rather unlikely tasks:
** Defeat an army of enemies while a flock of cranes circle above.
*** [[spoiler:Kar does this in the opening - Funktastic's gang, under a dozen ''lifting'' cranes. So does Jade - by discreetly throwing Kar a weapon and then persuading Funktastic to stand down.]]
** Battle for love in the palace of jade.
*** [[spoiler:The two have a fight in Jade's mansion.]]
** Free brothers he never knew with the family he never had.
*** [[spoiler:Both of them rescue monks from Strucker - Kar fights him directly alongside the Nameless Monk, while Jade frees the captives from their bonds. In a deleted scene, all this is done with the help of Funktastic's gang.]]
* NoImmortalInertia: Former Scroll Guardians simply look older when they pass the mantel; 50 years older in about 5 seconds.
* NoNameGiven: The Monk; part of his guardianship of the Scroll is that he had to give up his identity. Other characters just refer to him as either "Monk" or "Nameless."
* ParentalSubstitute: Mr. Kojima looks after Kar and tries to convince him to get his life figured out.
* PlotArmor: In-universe justification for the Monk; he literally can't die until he finds a successor. Time won't let him.
* ProphecyTwist: The viewer is early on shown how the prophecy can be interpreted for Kar, but its not until later that [[spoiler: it works for Jade at the same time]]. Then there's the whole 'Chinese prophecy translated into English' issue.
* {{Retirony}}: The guardian of the scroll in the opening hands over the responsibility, declares that after sixty years he is finally going to take a vacation, and is promptly gunned down by Nazis.
* RuleOfCool: The title itself should explain what you need to know.
* RunningGag: Kar's pickpocketing.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Having grown up without a family, Kar decided to give himself one, via his name. The Monk reveals that the Cantonese word for 'family' is actually pronounced 'Gaw'.
* TitleDrop: In a roundabout way. When the Monk is fleeing Strucker in the opening sequence, Strucker quips "you are good, but you are not bulletproof".
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Nina is extremely attracted to the Monk; it takes a dark turn when it's implied she rapes or otherwise sexually assaults him while scanning the scroll he has tattooed on his body.
* WarriorMonk: The Monk, and others have to be this because they are guarding an ArtifactOfDoom. That training and self-discipline is necessary.
* WhamLine: When Strucker finally gets his hands on the Scroll...
-->'''Strucker''': Where is the rest of it!? \\
'''Monk''': [[spoiler:I memorized it]]. Just in case someone like you managed to get this far.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Kar was a good fighter even before he received training from Monk, but he flounders a few times due to trying to copy moves from TV and movies. When Monk trains him, he corrects these misconceptions about martial arts.
* XanatosGambit: The Monk's goal and plan is to keep the Scroll from anyone else's hands but whether he succeeds or not (and the Scroll is stolen) is ultimately irrelevant. [[spoiler: This is because the final verse is missing, thus making the Scroll useless on its own.]] This failsafe was made because the Monk anticipated the possibility of his failing as a guardian.