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Iron Monkey -- 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 Governor forces a traveling physician (Donnie Yen) into finding the bandit.

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Director:
Writers:
Hark Tsui (writer)
Tai-Mok Lau (writer)
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Release Date:
12 October 2001 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Sometimes the only way to become a hero is to be an outlaw See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Rongguang Yu ... Dr. Yang / Iron Monkey

Donnie Yen ... Wong Kei-Ying
Jean Wang ... Miss Orchid

Sze-Man Tsang ... Wong Fei-Hong
Shun-Yee Yuen ... General Fox

James Wong ... Governor Cheng Pak-Fong
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:
Mandy Chan ... Shaolin Monk #4 (as Man-Dik Ko)
Siu Wah Chan ... Shaolin Monk #2
Kwai Po Chin ... Shaolin Monk #1
Cheung Fung-Lei ... Governor Cheng's favorite mistress
Chi Tai Lam
Dion Lam ... Constable
Chi Wah Ling ... Member of Thief gang
Chih Hung Ling ... Constable
Mei-Yee Sze ... Governor Cheng's advisor
Tai Wo Tang ... Leader of Thief gang
William Tuen ... Fat rich patient
Jack Wong Wai Leung ... Member of Thief gang
Kim-Ban Wong ... Member of Thief gang
Choi-Nam Yip
Tony Yuen ... Member of Thief gang
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Directed by
Woo-ping Yuen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tan Cheung  writer
Tai-Mok Lau  writer (as Tai-Muk Lau)
Elsa Tang  writer (as Pik-yin Tang)
Hark Tsui  writer

Produced by
Quentin Tarantino .... producer (2001 release)
Hark Tsui .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gam-Wing Chow 
Johnny Njo 
Wai Lap Wu 
 
Cinematography by
Chi-Wai Tam 
Arthur Wong 
 
Film Editing by
Chi Wai Chan 
Angie Lam 
Marco Mak 
 
Production Design by
Ringo Cheung 
 
Art Direction by
Ringo Cheung 
 
Costume Design by
Bo-Ling Ng 
 
Makeup Department
Kuo Hsiung Chen .... makeup artist
Wong Jan-Fai .... makeup artist
Ching Lam Li .... hair stylist
Yuk-ho Wu .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Steve Barnett .... post-production supervisor (2001 re-release)
Lorraine Ho .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kai Keung Lai .... first assistant director
Wing-Fai Wong .... third assistant director
Shui-Fong Yip .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pak Shing Lai .... property master
Wang-Fat Leung .... assistant art director
Wilson Lam Wai-Sum .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Shao Lung Chou .... sound recordist
Gam-Wing Chow .... sound editor
David C. Hughes .... sound designer (2001 re-release)
John Mardesich .... Skywalker operations (2001 re-release)
Larry Oatfield .... sound effects editor (2001 re-release)
Kevin Sellers .... sound effects editor (2001 re-release)
Addison Teague .... sound effects editor (2001 re-release)
 
Visual Effects by
Phil Carbonaro .... visual effects artist (2001 version)
John Follmer .... visual effects producer: MetroLight Studios (2001 re-release)
Celia Hallquist .... visual effects producer: MetroLight Studios (2001 re-release)
Matt Haslam .... digital artist (2001 version)
James W. Kristoff .... executive in charge of production: MetroLight Studios (2001 re-release)
Ralph Maiers .... digital artist (2001 re-release)
Scott E. Metzger .... cg artist: MetroLight Studios (2001 re-release)
Brad Moylan .... digital compositor: Pixel Magic (2001 re-release)
Dobbie Schiff .... visual effects executive producer: MetroLight Studios (2001 re-release)
Jon Terada .... digital compositor (2001 re-release)
James David Hattin .... senior wall replacement specialist: OCS Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic (2001 re-release) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Hou Hsiao .... stunt performer
Huan-Chiu Ku .... action choreographer
Cheung-Yan Yuen .... action choreographer
Shun-Yee Yuen .... action choreographer
Woo-ping Yuen .... action director
Donnie Yen .... action choreographer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lam Chow .... gaffer
Sui Hung Chow .... assistant lighting
Wing-Tong Law .... assistant lighting
Man-Ching Ng .... gaffer
 
Music Department
Joanie Diener .... supervising music editor (2001 re-release)
Michael Dittrick .... music editor (2001 re-release)
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor (2001 version) (as Sharyn M. Tylk)
James L. Venable .... composer: theme music: English version
 
Other crew
Jun-Kit Lai .... story editor
Catherine Sie .... script supervisor
Ho Tim .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Siu Nin Wong Fei Hung Chi: Tit Ma Lau" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Iron Monkey: The Young Wong Fei Hong" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for martial arts action/violence and brief sexuality
Runtime:
90 min | USA:85 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS (US version) | Dolby Digital (US version) | Mono (original release) | SDDS (US version)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: As the Iron Monkey is about to climb up the ladder after the fight with the Royal Minister, you can hear the sound effects of him climbing the ladder before he begins climbing it.See more »
Quotes:
Iron Monkey:[dubbed and subtitled versions] Don't take things too seriously, and you will always be at ease.See more »
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Miramax butchers very enjoyable film!, 1 February 2005
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

After watching films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Shaolin Soccer and immensely falling for them, I had some hesitancy with this film. With Tarantino's name attached to the previews, I had this growing concern that Hollywood had gripped this film a bit too hard, thus squeezing out any remaining value or originality. I had heard of the stories of Harvey "Scissorhands" and his ability to really do a number on these Asian films that find their way into our cinemas. I have heard that if you ever really want to fully enjoy one of these films, do not touch those with the name Miramax stamped anywhere. With this in mind, I believe you can see where the hesitancy was coming from, but I need to be honest, this wasn't a horrible film. Using a pre-Wachowski brothers technique of wires instead of "bullet-time" effects, Iron Monkey quickly transformed from your average Shaolin film (if there is such a thing), to a very humorous, creative, and original film.

For some strange reason this film caught my eye and never let go. The strong blend between action and comedy rivals that of most modern Hollywood big-budget features. The impeccable timing of the actors, the perfection of each of the dance-like fights, and its ability to transcend from one genre to another is what really gave this film a big boost in my eyes. While I was expecting a notorious film full of girth and power, I was not in any way expecting this prize-winning, genre-jumping, symposium of pleasure. Everything from the balloonish characters to the simple, yet structured, story pushed this film beyond others of similar nature. I cannot express how impressed that I was with Iron Monkey and how it helped bring the martial arts film back into American homes.

Another element that I enjoyed immensely in this film was the mystic forces behind the characters. The different Shaolin techniques impressed me and helped give the characters a masked depth to them. Being relatively new to this genre, I am constantly impressed by the power, creativity, and ingenuity of the basic moves that Shaolin implies while in battle. In this film, it was the "Buddha Palm" that made me utter the infamous Keanu line, "Whoa". While this film wasn't perfection in a nutshell, it was enjoyable to go back to some of these "classics" and see where our now-modern films are borrowing their style. It is good to see the strength and ability of someone fresh instead of Hollywood Jackie Chan in these roles. Asian cinema is one of the most impressive genres in film, and continually it proves that it can break old molds and stereotypes by revamping them while still paying homage to the originals. It is a genre, unlike Hollywood, that actually pays honest respect to the proceeding films that gave them this opportunity, and while Iron Monkey isn't Criterion-esquire, it does provide several hours of countless fun and mind-challenging action.

Finally, you cannot talk about a film like this without mentioning the action. I grew up in a house that prided itself on the popularity of the action film, and while my tastes have changed considerably over the years, it is always a pleasure to revisit in my mind those childhood days. Now, when I go back to visit my family, I take films like Iron Monkey and Shaolin Soccer to bring a new style of action into the home. It continues to be an instant hit. This film was no different. From the quick hand and leg combat, to the creative use of nearly every random inanimate object around, to the different elements of nature that are brought in to bring more thrill to the table, this film had everything and kept the enjoyment level high. That says a lot for a little Asian film that found itself corrupted by America.

Overall, I was very impressed with this film. With my growing infatuation with this genre of film, I cannot wait to get my hands on more. While I wish that Miramax would not try to take these films to the butcher's block, they still provide several hours of enjoyment and plenty of action. In intensity and insanity of the actors help create a world where you believe in the impossible kung-fu move and allow even more punches to follow. This was a great film that should be enjoyed with subtitles (never dubbing) and without the Tarantino introduction. Check it out, I do not think it will bring disappointment.

Grade: **** out of *****

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