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Bulletproof Monk

The king of Hong Kong, the God of Gamblers, the actor in 80 films that kick butt, Chow Yun Fat's new movie opens this weekend! Unfortunately, this one is seems like it might be more Hollywood than the stuff that made him famous, and it also stars the guy who played Stiffler, which is a little weird. I have modest hopes for this picture; some decent martial arts, some funny lines, and not too much beyond that. In other words, I'll catch a matinee.

Just the sort of thing for Easter, I should think. Anyone else going to see it?


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Apr. 19th, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
YAY Monk-With-No-Name!
Kij and I saw it last night, and it was mucho fun! It wasn't perfect, of course, but it was a Honk Kong-Hollywood film, after all. Chow Yun Fat is the most charismatic actor EVER, and Stiffler was a real person in this film, not to mention buff and a pretty good fighter.

They cut the fight scenes too much, and were too close-up (who cares about their faces?), and of course the story was typical Honk Kongy, but woo hoo it was fun! Perhaps as much fun was the preview for "Shaolin Soccer"!

You see this movie to see Chow Yun Fat at his most charming and funny, and the rest is just bonus.

Apr. 20th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
Re: YAY Monk-With-No-Name!
Yeah, the villains and some dialogue was pretty cliched, and Chow Yun Fat acts better in Chinese than English, but the script included a few good lines, and the action sequences were worthwhile.

We didn't get the preview for "Shaolin Soccer," but did get the one for Legally Blonde II: Red, White, and Blonde. Reese Witherspoon is quite amusing.
Apr. 21st, 2003 12:51 am (UTC)
Re: YAY Monk-With-No-Name!
I gave this movie a 'super-great,' better than just great, not quite awesome. It has a lot of what makes kung-fu movies great, like the guy who's been in almost every Jackie Chan movie (and Sidekicks), painful (at times) scripting, and ridiculous explanations for why they can basically fly.

The inclusion of a crazy occult Nazi was just to cool for words.

At the showing we went to we got to see the preview for Pirates of the Caribbean, which has me in a mega-twitter.
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