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Iron Monkey (1993)
"Siu Nin Wong Fei Hung Chi: Tit Ma Lau" (original title)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  12 October 2001 (USA)
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A martial artist/doctor steals from the corrupt authorities as a masked thief to give to the poor while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt him down. But a major threat unites them as a powerful and traitorous shaolin monk takes over the authorities.

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Hin Hung (as Yee Kwan Yan)
Fai Lee ...
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Shaolin Monk #4 (as Man-Dik Ko)
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Shaolin Monk #2
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Shaolin Monk #1
Cheung Fung-Lei ...
Governor Cheng's favorite mistress
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A Hong Kong variation on Robin Hood. The corrupt officials of a Chinese village are continually robbed by a masked bandit know as "Iron Monkey" named after a benevolent deity. When all else fails, the Govenor forces a traveling physician (Donnie Yen) into finding the bandit. The arrival of an evil Shaolin monk, brings the Physician and Iron Monkey together to battle the corrupt government. Written by Ronald L. Strong <RS080455@PACBELL.NET>

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts action/violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,014,653 (USA) (12 October 2001)

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$14,681,661 (USA) (16 November 2001)
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The U.S Release By Miramax had made their own subtitled translations than the subtitles being right following the Cantonese language, and scenes being removed to tone down the violence. See more »

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Awesome
15 June 2004 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Note that this movie's subtitle is "The Young Wong Fei-Hong."

This isn't so much a movie about a Chinese Robin Hood/Zorro figure, or a strict martial arts hero - it's a movie about a young boy and the people who influence who he will become. It's poignant in parts - such as when Fei Hong tries to grab his father's hand and is scolded for it

  • and hilarious in others - "My kung-fu is pretty good!" exclaims a
surprised Fei Hong in one scene.

While much of the movie is focused on the concerns of the adults around him, Fei Hong is also the audience's conduit to the subtle messages of the movie as a whole. It's not all about kick-ass fight scenes - that's just how they keep our attention. The world portrayed in IRON MONKEY admires intellect and wit as much as martial arts ability. Woven into the whole is a lesson in honor, the balance between discipline and recklessness, and the need for affection and love.

Fans of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON will love this movie because of one simple fact - the plot is linear, with short flashback sequences as needed, and despite its intricacy, it's not too involved. CTHD would be like riding in a Rolls-Royce: beautiful to look at, enjoyable to drive; but IRON MONKEY is like a Porche, fast, sleek and dangerous. CTHD may be visually superior as far as cinematography goes - and in a lot of ways, it is - but IRON MONKEY moves along in ways that CTHD does not.

Also look for Tsang Sze Man, who had the potential to be what Haley Joel Osment is here in America. Pity Man didn't do any more martial arts films.

Film fans must see this movie; kung fu fans probably should see this movie. But if subtitles scare you (the dubbed version isn't quite as good) and guys in robes and braids are "gay," keep away. Go rent DUMB AND DUMBER or something.


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