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Iron & Silk (1990)

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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 »

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Credited cast:
Hangcheng Dong ...
Teacher Cai
Xihong Jiang ...
Teacher Zhang
Jeanette Lin Tsui ...
Teacher Hei
Qingfu Pan ...
Himself
Mark Salzman ...
Teacher Mark
Xudong Sun ...
Sinbad
Funglin To ...
Old Sheep
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Ming
Yang Xiru ...
Dr. Wang
Xiao Ying ...
April
Hu Yun ...
Fatty Du
Lu Zhiquan ...
Teacher Li
Genyuan Zhuang ...
Teacher Xu
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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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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

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14 August 1991 (France)  »

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[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 ...
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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.


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