A poor but feisty Chinese woman, disguised as a boy, joins the railroad crew in the Rocky Mountains to search for her long-lost father, and falls in love with the son of the railroad tycoon.
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2009  
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

Director: Toa Fraser
Stars: Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest
Strumpet City (TV Series 1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Stars: Frank Grimes, David Kelly, Donal McCann
Miss Potter (2006)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

Director: Chris Noonan
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson
Imperium: Augustus (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling, Vittoria Belvedere
Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Constantine joins the Roman army to find his missing childhood friend. Once alerted to his friend's whereabouts, he prepares for an all out war between the East and the West.

Director: Michael Redwood
Stars: Nicole Keniheart, Peter O'Toole, Joss Ackland
Molokai (1999)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The true story of the 19th century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.

Director: Paul Cox
Stars: David Wenham, Kate Ceberano, Jan Decleir
Possessed (TV Movie 2000)
Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An 11 year old boy starts throwing temper tantrums, vomiting on and attacking people, and swearing uncontrollably. Furnature begin to move on its own when he is around, and he doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Steven E. de Souza
Stars: Timothy Dalton, Henry Czerny, Jonathan Malen
Harry (2013)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

HARRY is a single story, six-part crime drama series set in Auckland which follows the intense psychological journey of Detective Harry Anglesea.

Stars: Oscar Kightley, Sam Neill, Hunter Kamuhemu
Eager to Die (2010)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A futuristic thriller about a politically incorrect television personality who is forced to change his identity after several death attempts by his government.

Director: Michael Mandell
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Michelle Rodriquez, Tony Devon
House of Hancock (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Gina Hancock is a much-loved daughter of her mining magnate father, Lang Hancock, who would become the richest man in Australia. It is 1967 in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. As ... See full summary »

Stars: Mandy McElhinney, Peta Sergeant, Sam Neill
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Only one lusted glance brings Aliya to the events throwing her into the criminal ocean. But in the wirliging of passions and turmoil when she finds herself at the verge of fatality it's ... See full summary »

Director: Salamat Mukhammed-Ali
Stars: Armand Assante, Peter O'Toole, Michael Madsen
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Li Sun ...
 Little Tiger (2 episodes, 2009)
...
 James Nichol (2 episodes, 2009)
...
 Alfred Nichol (2 episodes, 2009)
...
 Bookman (2 episodes, 2009)
Yun Xiang Gao ...
 Wang Ma (2 episodes, 2009)
...
 Edgar (2 episodes, 2009)
...
 Relic (2 episodes, 2009)
...
 Controller (2 episodes, 2009)
...
 George Grant (2 episodes, 2009)
...
 Melanie Grant (2 episodes, 2009)
Nai Hua Zhang ...
 Di Hong (2 episodes, 2009)
Ningyu Zhao ...
 Lei Mo (2 episodes, 2009)
Jiang Boning ...
 Powder (2 episodes, 2009)
Lisa Bunting ...
 Kathryn Nichol (2 episodes, 2009)
Jeffrey Fisher ...
 Foreman (2 episodes, 2009)
Charmaine Grey ...
 Frances Grant (2 episodes, 2009)
...
 Yale Doctor (2 episodes, 2009)
Edit

Storyline

In 1882, Alfred Nichol, owner of the Nichol Railway Company, is building a railroad through the Canadian Rockies. He sends his irresponsible playboy son, James Nichol, to Hong Kong to check on the company's recruitment of Chinese laborers to work on the railroad's construction. One of the laborers James brings back is a orphan boy named Little Tiger. Unknown to James, Little Tiger is actually a young woman, who is masquerading as a boy to eke out a better living for herself. She is desperate to make it to Canada to find her missing father. Professionally, Little Tiger is tasked with being a tea boy to the other laborers on the construction crew, although she really wants to work on the more lucrative explosives team as, working at a firecracker factory in Hong Kong, she learned the finer details of explosives from a master. She also learns of some improprieties within the construction camp. Personally, Little Tiger falls in love with James, an unforbidden love even if she exposes her ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The search for her past became part of a nation's future

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

9 August 2009 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Droga zelazna  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(theatrical)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Séries express: Episode #1.3 (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Well worth watching - exciting story & good cast
19 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 3 hour mini about Chinese workers building the Canadian Railroads is actually very watchable and well made.

The story is well written, exciting and yet not too far out. It manages to have a gutsy brainy heroine as a central character who is a brilliant dynamite expert, with a family mission who manages to have a romance. And the whole saga finishes with a non clichéd ending. The melodramatic and action parts of the story fit in to the historical setting quite well. It has a good balance between modern sensitivities to the historical injustices and an entertaining story.

As the heroine Sun Li the Chinese actress does a convincing job against some more established actors. In her no make up boys get up, she believably manages to attract a few admirers. Peter O'Toole has a brief but memorable supporting role in the beginning. Sam Neill plays a railway company boss. His son played by Luke Macfarlane of Brothers and Sisters develops a relationship with the heroine. The acting all round including the Chinese supporting characters is high standard.

Worth watching.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When??? Dead_Head_Filmmaker
Gorgeous movie, excellent writing, brilliant directing, superb acting Writerinres
unforbidden love dcollins-13
Would have been better had they paid their bills. piccarguy
Discuss Iron Road (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?