Iron & Silk (1990)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 August 1991 (France)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 394 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 7 critic

Mark Salzman always was interested in Kung-Fu and the Chinese culture, claims to have seen every Kung-Fu movie. 1982, with a degree in Chinese literature, he visits a province university in... See full summary »



(autobiography), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
1 nomination. See more awards »


1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and ... See full summary »

Director: Mabel Cheung
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Vivian Wu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, ... See full summary »

Director: Hsin-Yen Chang
Stars: Jet Li, Lan Ding, Jianqiang Hu
Adventure | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Director: Stephen Daldry
Stars: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

After 3 DEA agents are killed by Mr. Li, martial arts champion Tyler Wilson is sent on assignment to Toronto and teams up with Michael Reeds. Wilson and Reeds enter a martial arts ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kennedy
Stars: Jalal Merhi, Billy Blanks, James Hong
Guyver (1991)
Sci-Fi | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Screaming Mad George, Steve Wang
Stars: Greg Joung Paik, Jimmie Walker, Peter Spellos
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane
School Ties (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set in the 1950s, a star-quarterback is given an opportunity to attend an elite preparatory school but must conceal the fact that he is Jewish.

Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang
Kundun (1997)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Chinese political refugee tries to make his way to the top as a businessman in Hong Kong while his former radicalism is transformed into cynicism. His past comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mitsuo Yanagimachi
Stars: John Lone, Kôichi Satô, Sammi Davis


Credited cast:
Hangcheng Dong ...
Teacher Cai
Xihong Jiang ...
Teacher Zhang
Jeanette Tsui Lin ...
Teacher Hei
Qingfu Pan ...
Mark Salzman ...
Teacher Mark
Xudong Sun ...
Funglin To ...
Old Sheep
Yang Xiru ...
Dr. Wang
Xiao Ying ...
Hu Yun ...
Fatty Du
Lu Zhiquan ...
Teacher Li
Genyuan Zhuang ...
Teacher Xu


Mark Salzman always was interested in Kung-Fu and the Chinese culture, claims to have seen every Kung-Fu movie. 1982, with a degree in Chinese literature, he visits a province university in China for two years to teach Chinese teachers the English language. He learns the refinements of correct behavior among Chinese people, makes friends with his pupils, falls in love with the young doctor Ming, learns Uschu (similar Kung-Fu) from the famous teacher Pan... but also learns about political repression, especially when he's forbidden contact with some of his friends. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


As a student in America, he searched for ancient wisdom. As a teacher in China, he learned to find it within himself.


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

14 August 1991 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ferro & seta  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$356,077 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Uschu teacher Qingfu Pan and Mark Salzman play themselves. See more »


[first lines]
Mark: [voiceover] I hate to admit it, but when I graduated from college, I thought I was ready for anything. That is, until I stepped off the train in Hangzhou. Here I was in a country of a billion people, and I didn't know a single one. This place was different than what I'd expected. It wasn't at all like what I'd seen in the Kung Fu movies. No one else I knew stayed up all night to watch that stuff, but I was hooked.
[screaming, Kung Fu movie clips with English subtitles]
Mark: The hero was ...
See more »


References The Big Boss (1971) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

simple surface, complex currents
20 May 2010 | by (Tallahassee, FL, US) – See all my reviews

Deceptively simple on the surface, Iron and Silk is complex beneath, with clashes and harmonies between East and West, old and new, open and closed, never pitting one against the other but exploring the interlocking elements. The plot isn't much; the joy is in the interplay of currents. This is a beautiful movie.

It's worth pointing out that IMDb's vote weighting hurts Iron and Silk badly. With only 310 votes as I write, apparently IMDb doesn't believe that so many people vote it a ten, or perhaps they discount bimodal vote distributions. IMDb's 6.4 is about what you get if you throw out all the tens! If you're into kinds of averages, the mode is 10, the median is 9, and the mean is 8.1. Those represent the movie better than IMDb's weighted 6.4.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I like it persadie
VIV cutecove2003
Discuss Iron & Silk (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: