Iron Monkey (1993)
"Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  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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Credited cast:
Jean Wang ...
Shun-Yee Yuen ...
General Fox
Shi-Kwan Yen ...
Hin Hung (as Yee Kwan Yan)
Fai Lee ...
Hin Hung's disciple #1
Hou Hsiao ...
Hin Hung's disciple #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wong Fei-Hung (voice)
Mandy Chan ...
Shaolin Monk #4 (as Man-Dik Ko)
Siu Wah Chan ...
Shaolin Monk #2
Kwai Po Chin ...
Shaolin Monk #1
Peter Doyle ...
Orchid's Boss (Flashback Scene) (voice)
Cheung Fung-Lei ...
Governor Cheng's favorite mistress


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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Release Date:

12 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Iron Monkey  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$14,681,661 (USA) (16 November 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Just after Miss Orchid put the needles in the back of Dr. Yang to get the poison out of the Buddha's Palm, she lays him back in the chair, and then we see his back without the needles, and it never shows her taking them out. See more »


Iron Monkey: [dubbed and subtitled versions] Don't take things too seriously, and you will always be at ease.
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Followed by Iron Monkey 2 (1996) See more »

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Yuen Woo Ping on speed
19 June 2002 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

I have three words for this movie: Yuen Woo Ping.

This movie is action packed with Ping's trademark unique fighting sequences. Whether it's bodies slamming through tables, hopping from roof to rooftop, there's so much action, then story, then more action!!! Donnie Yen's martial arts is impressive and his character is very straight to the point, but very noble. Guang as Dr. Yang is heroic as well and plays his dual role very well. Most of best battles have both men sharing the screen with lightning speed quickness!! Tsang is good as young Wong Fei Hung and the beautiful Jean Wang is visually pleasing to watch as Miss Ho (who can also whoop butt). Master Fox provides funny moments too.

Overall, the main emphasis here is the martial arts. The bad guys are very bad (including one deadly renegade monk) and the action is intense. Besides "shadowless kicks" and "King Kong fists", weapons used vary from staffs & swords to umbrellas, benches, and very sharp tacks (OUCH!) The finale is mind-blowing and is like nothing I've ever seen before.

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