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THE MOVIE: Bulletproof Monk

Chow Yun-Fat • Seann William Scott • Jaime King
DIRECTOR: Paul Hunter

The Monk (Yun-Fat), a martial arts master who has guarded the powerful ancient scroll for decades, travels to America to find a successor, only to discover that it is a charming, streetwise, wildcard named Kar (Scott)

U.S. RELEASE: April 16 2003, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“It really appealed to me that this story was about unlikely heroes. I could really identify with that. I also have to admit I was very enticed by Chow Yun-Fat’s involvement. I liked the idea of his playing a mentor to this young guy that has no direction. Their unlikely pairing provides for a lot of hysterical comedy in the film, and audiences have really responded to it.”

“Because I was involved [with this movie] since the beginning, I had a lot of room to create the Monk in a certain way, which I’ve never been able to do before. This character is a lot of fun. He is philosophical, but also has a sense of humor. He has a wonderful relationship with his young protégé. They’re not just teacher and student, they’re more like buddy and friend, which gives the movie a lot of heart.”

“I was doing a scene where I get dragged along the rooftop, which was fun. It didn’t really hurt, but the next day I couldn’t move my back. I had a spasm and felt like I was dying. Chow Yun-Fat picks me up and puts me over his shoulder and I thought, ‘What’s happening here?’ He’s walking to my trailer, and I’m thinking, ‘He’s a hero.’ He gently put me down and he started working on my back. He was so concerned about me. He said, ‘You’re stupid. You do too many stunts.’”

“What I liked about my character was that you really never know what she’s doing or where she’s going, the fact that she’s always a bit mysterious. And I liked the idea that she was completely the opposite of me. “

CHOW YUN-FAT on doing the martial arts:
“Flying though the air can be a lot of fun, depending on the difficulty of the wire work, and I’ve done many movies where I’ve had to do martial arts. But for me, I’m more dedicated to the drama and the romance. I’d rather have a girl than a wire or two guns.”

“We did so much [martial arts] training. We trained for up to six hours a day for it. Seann and I would go in and train together for hours and it was really good beause we got to see each other progress. Seann is just amazing on the set with the stunts.”

“I do a scene where I fight with a pipe, and that was a problem because they showed me the choreography two and half weeks before. I had never done weapon training before. I would practice in my hotel room and I would whack myself in the head and break mirrors, but I finally got it.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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