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Iron & Silk (1990)

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Mark Salzman always was interested in Kung-Fu and the Chinese culture, claims to have seen every Kung-Fu movie. 1982, with a degree in Chinese literature, he visits a province university in... See full summary »

Director:

Shirley Sun

Writers:

Mark Salzman (autobiography), Mark Salzman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Hangcheng Dong Hangcheng Dong ... Teacher Cai
Xihong Jiang Xihong Jiang ... Teacher Zhang
Jeanette Lin Tsui ... Teacher Hei
Qingfu Pan Qingfu Pan ... Self
Espérance Pham Thai Lan ... Zhang & April
Mark Salzman Mark Salzman ... Teacher Mark
Xudong Sun Xudong Sun ... Sinbad
Funglin To Funglin To ... Old Sheep
Vivian Wu ... Ming
Yang Xiru Yang Xiru ... Dr. Wang
Xiao Ying Xiao Ying ... April
Hu Yun Hu Yun ... Fatty Du
Lu Zhiquan Lu Zhiquan ... Teacher Li
Genyuan Zhuang Genyuan Zhuang ... Teacher Xu
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Mark Salzman always was interested in Kung-Fu and the Chinese culture, claims to have seen every Kung-Fu movie. 1982, with a degree in Chinese literature, he visits a province university in China for two years to teach Chinese teachers the English language. He learns the refinements of correct behavior among Chinese people, makes friends with his pupils, falls in love with the young doctor Ming, learns Wushu (similar Kung-Fu) from the famous teacher Pan... but also learns about political repression, especially when he's forbidden contact with some of his friends. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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As a student in America, he searched for ancient wisdom. As a teacher in China, he learned to find it within himself.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Uschu teacher Qingfu Pan and Mark Salzman play themselves. See more »

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[first lines]
Mark: [voiceover] I hate to admit it, but when I graduated from college, I thought I was ready for anything. That is, until I stepped off the train in Hangzhou. Here I was in a country of a billion people, and I didn't know a single one. This place was different than what I'd expected. It wasn't at all like what I'd seen in the Kung Fu movies. No one else I knew stayed up all night to watch that stuff, but I was hooked.
[screaming, Kung Fu movie clips with English subtitles]
Mark: The hero was ...
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insightful, honest, true
13 October 1999 | by greenvegSee all my reviews

This movie was one of the best that I have see in a long time. Provides excellent insight into Chinese culture and life. The main character, Mark, provides exceptional acting and teaching Pan is most definetaly a role model to look up to. Chinese accents just make it more believable. Oscar-worthy material. If you have to see one film, see this one, it won't let you down!


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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ferro & seta See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,256, 18 February 1991

Gross USA:

$356,077

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$356,077
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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