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Bloody Monkey Master (1977)

Tie hou zi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action | 1983 (USA)
Iron is the son of a rebel leader, but prefers to spend his days gambling and getting into fights. When his father's group is arrested and executed, Iron is forced to flee and hide in the ... See full summary »

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Kuan Tai Chen

Writer:

Kuang Ni
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kuan Tai Chen ... Iron Monkey
Kuan-Chun Chi ... Fung Kong (as Kuan Jiun Chi)
Chia-Lin Sun
Kang Chin ... General
Chung Tien Shih ... Captain Pa (as Chun Tien Shih)
Ka-Yan Leung ... Captain Ti (as Chia Ren Liang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yi Kuei Chang
Chin Hai Chen Chin Hai Chen
Hui Lou Chen ... Shaolin student
Mu Chuan Chen Mu Chuan Chen ... Bitter Monk
Kuo Chung Ching
Wei-Hsiung Ho Wei-Hsiung Ho
Yin Ku Yin Ku
Ying Lee
Chiang Li Chiang Li ... Shaolin Student
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Iron is the son of a rebel leader, but prefers to spend his days gambling and getting into fights. When his father's group is arrested and executed, Iron is forced to flee and hide in the woods as a beggar and thief. After being taken in by a Shaolin monastery and trained in the art of Monkey-Style Kung Fu, Iron vows to hunt down his father's killer and avenge his death. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

School of Shaolin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

There are 3 DVD-releases: A German DVD by Madison, which is cut; a US DVD by Xenon which is uncut; and a UK DVD by Vengeance which is uncut, too. All three DVDs are time-compressed. The UK DVD got the best transfer of all three and features an interesting cut-scene not included in the original movie version, which seems to be taken from a Hong Kong VCD. This cut-scene is only on the UK release. The UK and the US DVD are both suffering from a poor master with extreme color-shift and vertically stretched frame, the German one is marginally better. Interestingly the cut-scene on the UK DVD is fine, with nearly natural colors, but in 16:9 pan'n'scan. See more »

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Classic hard nosed 70's Kung Fu Flick, accurately portrayed by Chin Kwan Tai
21 May 1999 | by macnjncSee all my reviews

Iron Monkey is one of the best Kung Fu Movies ever made. Straight to the point plot and storyline. The movie has it all. Chin Kwan Tai's portrayal of the "monkey style" is the best I've ever seen in a movie (Monkey style in the 7 Grandmasters is also good) and I've seen all of the great Kung Fu Movies. Of all the "Teachers" in Kung Fu movies, Iron Monkey's teacher the "Bitter Monk" is also the best, he has a certain mystic quality about him. Superb training sequences are shown in mastering the monkey style with the Bitter Monk.. Also the background music flows with the movie excellently. All the elements of a great Kung Fu Movie are here: Shaolin Temple, Monks, great villians portrayed by the master of Eagle's Claw. The opening scene which shows the Monkey Fist and Eagle Claw techniques is top notch. Sound effects of the fighting scenes are also up to par. Some actors in Kung Fu movies don't fit the character they play, not here. Chin Kwan Tai seems tailored to play the role in this movie as Iron Monkey. Kung Fu dedication, words of wisdom and discipline are all theme's throughout Iron Monkey. There is one scene in the movie where a Head monk in Shaolin Temple can sense the presence of revenge and anger in Iron Monkey just by looking deeply in his eyes; he knows its for revenge and tells him of "his bloody debt to settle". Only after seeking this revenge can he be a monk in Shaolin Temple. Iron Monkey ranks right with director Chang Cheh's "Kid with the Golden Arms" and "Unbeatable Dragon" as one of the best Kung Fu movies of all time. 9/10 on the scale.


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