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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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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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Iron Monkey: [dubbed and subtitled versions] Don't take things too seriously, and you will always be at ease.
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One of the greatest martial arts movies in the world
5 September 2000 | by (Stockton, California) – See all my reviews

Yuen Woo-Ping and Donnie Yen, in yet another collaboration together, have brought forth one of the greatest kung fu movies in existence. The story involves a Robin Hood-esque martial artist named the Iron Monkey teaming up w/ Wong Kei Ying to battle government corruption. The movie itself is a prequel to the OUATIC series, and in many ways is better than most of the entries in it. Thematically, this film deals with friendship, greed, corruption, and family relationships.

However, this is a martial arts movie. The fight scenes are choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping. He was nominated for the Best Choreography award and it's a shame he didn't win. Donnie Yen, Yu Rong Gwong, and the rest of the supporting cast show off a vast display of martial arts. My favourite fight is when Donnie Yen battles the evil monks and the nun. His footwork is simply awesome, one of the best kickers in the business. All leads up to an impressive finale, where Donnie Yen and Yu Rong Gwong battle their foe on the top of a forest of burning poles. It must be seen to believe.

Excellent film. There's a story. There are themes and morals. And there's some of the greatest fights one will witness. A true classic.


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