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

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  12 October 2001 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 12,795 users   Metascore: 79/100
Reviews: 123 user | 101 critic | 28 from

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.



, (dubbed version), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Biao Yuen, Rosamund Kwan
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese.

Director: Gordon Chan
Stars: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two friends, ex Shaolin monks, part ways as they brush with the ongoing rebellion against the government. The ambitious one rises up to be a powerful military commander, while his betrayed friend resorts to learn the calm ways of Tai Chi.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Siu-Ho Chin
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Wai-Keung Lau
Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu
Wing Chun (1994)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Wing Chun, a woman living in a remote village often pillaged by robbers. When Wing Chun finally loses her cool and defeats them, her heroic actions stir up even more trouble in this ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, King-Tan Yuen
Iron Monkey 2 (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Donnie Yen fights a deadly assassin named Tiger Yu and teaming a band of insurrectionists battling a malevolent gang of weapons smugglers.

Director: Lu Chiang Chao
Stars: Donnie Yen, Billy Chow, Ma Wu
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok
Flash Point (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Ray Lui
The Legend (1993)
Action | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Michelle Reis
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A spoiled young man - on the run from a ruthless killer - hooks up with a puppeteer and his wife who are masters of the art of tai chi; the only style that can defeat the killer.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Donnie Yen, Cheung-Yan Yuen, Lydia Shum
Dragon (2011)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him.

Director: Peter Chan
Stars: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Wei Tang


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)
William Duen Wai-Lun ...
Fat rich patient (as William Tuen)


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Sometimes the only way to become a hero is to be an outlaw See more »


Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





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)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(US version)| (US version)| (original release)| (US version)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The part of the young Wong Fei-Hung is played by Tsang Sze-Man, a talented martial artist, and also a girl. See more »


In the Iron Monkey's first fight with the witch, she cuts off his braid of hair. However, in some scenes after the fight, it's there again, and in some scenes, it isn't. See more »


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


Followed by Iron Monkey 2 (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

It is THE martial arts film to see -- it is about young Wong Fei-hung, before Tsui Hark-Jet Li's "Once Upon A Time In China" period.
4 November 2001 | by (sf, usa) – See all my reviews

Hong Kong film director and martial arts expert Yuen Woo-ping is absolutely outstanding. In "Iron Monkey," one scene I admire most is the poetically quiet, beautiful interaction of fluid movements in graceful progression: as Dr. Yang and Miss Orchid close shop (the clinic), a whiff of wind blows the papers (written prescriptions) up in the air, and Yang (who's actually Iron Monkey) elevates himself up into the air to catch the flying papers, while Orchid, with a few agile movements and glides, catches the balance of the flying papers. It's like a short interlude - a silent romantic song with punctuated accents - with a slight kick from Miss Orchid, a stool plops into place upside down as it should be on another neatly ends the piece. I actually relish this quiet segment much more than the awe-struck extensive finale scene, which is truly an amazing display of exquisitely choreographed martial art movements of three masters (two good forces tenaciously team up against one skillful evil monk) on multiple wooden poles with inferno-like fire a-dancing below. Fantastic performances from Donnie Yen as Wong Kei-ying, father of Wong Fei-hung, who's deftly portrayed by a young girl Tsang Sze-man, and Yu Rongguang as Dr. Yang/Iron Monkey, with Jean Wang as Miss Orchid, to the upstanding police chief, the devastating evil monk and all.

Iron Monkey is essentially a film about the legendary Shaolin kung-fu master (also known as drunken master) Wong Fei-hung when he was young. In fact, the alternate title is "Siunin Wong Fei-hung tsi titmalau," literally: Young Wong Fei-hung's iron monkey.

Follow this up with Jet Li's "Once Upon A Time In China 2" ("Wong Fei-hung ji yi: Naam yi dong ji keung" 1992, literally: Wong Fei-hung #2 - young man should be self-sufficiently strong) and the adult Wong Fei-hung portrayal will be better understood: why he's so good at his knowledge and practice of Chinese medicine, why he acted so restrained and coy with Aunt Yee, whom he very much loves but won't express so - all due to the austere teachings from his father as noted in "Iron Monkey." We also learn that he lost his mother at a tender young age - though from Jackie Chan's "The Legend of Drunken Master" (2000 USA, "Jui Kuen 2" 1994, literally: Drunken fist 2), we can see he has quite a wonderful stepmother - smart and wittily portrayed by Anita Mui! See it if you want another excitingly fun, martial arts action-packed drama about the adult Wong Fei-hung.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
is anyone sick of tarentino jackmeat
would these guys really kick ass in real life? doyousleepinthenude
English Dubbing ruins this movie MobiusM1
Why wires hong kong WHY?! EmperorKagato
Looking for movie reccomendations urealysuc2
Orchid (Jean Wang) Platinum-2
Discuss Iron Monkey (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: