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Bulletproof Monk

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Bulletproof MonkMartial Arts are all the rage ever since the Matrix brought back cool fighting scenes into the main cinema. Since then we’ve seen Cameron Diaz kick high in two Charlie’s Angels films, and even a few mocking scenes in such films as Scary Movie, but in reality the action fighting scenes in most Asian films are a lot better done than most American movies have been able to show.

Bulletproof Monk unfortunately ends up being one of these American movies that tries to give you a lot of martial arts scenes with the same old Karate Kid story in the background and as a film it fails to really excite the Kung-Fu and Karate kid in me.

ChoYung Fat plays the bulletproof monk who is the keeper of a magic scroll that when read will give ultimate power. American Pie’s Stifler plays the kid part of the typical American who has the gift but does not really understand it. That story is of course contrasted with the evil Nazi who is after the scroll and will do anything to get it.

The two become teacher and student in between all the action scenes, eventually leading to a showdown, where Stiffler’s love interest also comes out and helps kick bad Nazi ass. I guess at this point, the film is more Karate Kid 1 and 4 put together.

Most of the fighting scenes are done well enough, to make you think you are not watching Cameron Diaz fighting, but they are nothing compared to say Iron Monkey or Black Mask which are true Asian action films that feature some of the most amazing scenes, I’ve ever seen.

In the end I was bit disappointed because I really expected some comedy out of Stiffler and better fighting from a movie that is title Bulletproof Monk.

DVD sound is standard 5.1 Dolby Digital, but there is a 2.0 Stereo Spanish track so if you like watching films in Spanish, this one at least offers it.

2.5 out 5 stars

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