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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

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Kuang Ni
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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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Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

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1983 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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At what price is revenge just not worth it?
17 January 2016 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

The movie starts with animal cruelty mixed with two guys sparring. Kam Kong wants all the rebels killed. Chen Kuan-Tai's family is arrested while he is gambling and they are all killed. He is reduced to stealing the offerings at Shaolin. The monks offer him a place. It seems he has already learned most of their kung fu just by watching. He leaves the temple with the strategy "keep your friends close and your enemies closer". He becomes part of the corrupt officials that killed his family in order to get close enough to the general to kill the man at the top. Revenge is certainly the most common plot of martial arts movies and it might be the most common plot of all movies. I find it hard to understand why revenge is such a favorite plot in Chinese culture while at the same time the dominant Chinese philosophy is Buddhism and Buddhism has no place for revenge. "At what price revenge?" typically becomes a moral issue in the revenge plot. I would say never in the history of any martial arts revenge movie did revenge come at a higher price than in this movie. Fans of Chen Kuan-Tai must ask what was his best movie? "The Flying Guillotine" is certainly more well known but I consider this movie his best because he had more to do with it, he both acted and directed "The Iron Monkey" so I rate this as a ten of ten for Chen Kuan-Tai perfection.


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