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The Iron-Fisted Monk marks the directorial debut of Sammo Hung (Painted Faces, TVÂ's Martial Law), who used the opportunity to push the envelop in kung fu action films.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Husker
Sing Chen ... Tak
James Tien ... Husker's Master
Hark-On Fung ... Official
Dean Shek ... Goofy Manchu
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Manchu Thug
Casanova Wong ... Shaolin disciple
Ching-Ying Lam ... Shu-Liu Worker
Wu Ma ... Boatman in Brothel
Fat Chung ... Shu-Liu Worker
Lung Chan ... Manchu Thug
Eric Tsang ... Shu-Liu Worker
Mars ... Shu-Liu Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Chan ... Manchu thug
Wei-Ying Chen ... Liang's sister
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The Iron-Fisted Monk marks the directorial debut of Sammo Hung (Painted Faces, TVÂ's Martial Law), who used the opportunity to push the envelop in kung fu action films.

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kung fu | suicide | revenge | rape | fight | See All (7) »

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Rated R for violence including rape, and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

25 August 1977 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Iron Fisted Monk See more »

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2.35 : 1
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After the success of Shaolin Plot (1977), Sammo Kam-Bo Hung's first starring role, Sammo asked a producer working at Golden Harvest if he could direct a movie, he agreed and wrote the script for Hung, while Hung directed and starred in the movie. See more »

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The US DVD version contains the uncut Hong Kong print of the film. See more »

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Almost as good as it is bad
12 October 2004 | by kiliansabreSee all my reviews

Sammo's directorial debut is a mixed bag with some great fight scenes, decent comedy, and unpleasant scenes of violence. The plot, which rolls along almost painfully a times, centers around Husker (Sammo Hung) seeking revenge against the Machus for killing his uncle. Along the way to actually taking revenge he befriends a man who's daughter is raped by the local Manchu official and ultimately enlists in the aid of his wandering monk friend, Brother Tak, to take on the Manchus. The plot changes direction so many times that one has to wonder if it was made up as they went along. There are a couple rape scenes midway through the movie that are unnecessarily explicit and go on much too long. As the movie progresses though we are treated to some decent martial arts sequence, which are not as elaborate as Sammo's later works, but fast paced and solid none the less. Worth watching for the fight sequences, but sitting through the plot might turn you off of the movie before you get to them.


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