A martial artist/doctor steals from the corrupt authorities as a masked thief to give to the poor while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt him down. But a major threat unites them as a powerful and traitorous shaolin monk takes over the authorities.

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Woo-Ping Yuen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rongguang Yu ... Dr. Yang / Iron Monkey
Donnie Yen ... Wong Kei-Ying
Jean Wang ... Miss Orchid
Sze-Man Tsang ... Wong Fei-Hong
Shun-Yee Yuen Shun-Yee Yuen ... General Fox
James Wong ... Governor Cheng Pak-Fong
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Hin Hung (as Yee Kwan Yan)
Fai Lee Fai Lee ... Hin Hung's disciple #1
Hou Hsiao Hou Hsiao ... Hin Hung's disciple #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brianne Brozey ... Wong Fei-Hung (voice)
Mandy Chan ... Shaolin Monk #4 (as Man-Dik Ko)
Siu-Wah Chan Siu-Wah Chan ... Shaolin Monk #2
Fung-Lei Cheung Fung-Lei Cheung ... Governor Cheng's favorite mistress
Kwai Po Chun Kwai Po Chun ... Shaolin Monk #1 (as Kwai Po Chin)
Peter Doyle Peter Doyle ... Orchid's Boss (Flashback Scene) (voice)
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Storyline

A Hong Kong variation on Robin Hood. The corrupt officials of a Chinese village are continually robbed by a masked bandit know as "Iron Monkey" named after a benevolent deity. When all else fails, the Govenor forces a traveling physician (Donnie Yen) into finding the bandit. The arrival of an evil Shaolin monk, brings the Physician and Iron Monkey together to battle the corrupt government. Written by Ronald L. Strong <RS080455@PACBELL.NET>

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Sometimes the only way to become a hero is to be an outlaw See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts action/violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Prequel to the Once Upon a Time in China (1991) series of films. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 4 mins) Just after Miss Orchid put the needles in the back of Dr. Yang to get the poison out of the Buddha's Palm, she lays him back in the chair, and then we see his back without the needles, and it never shows her taking them out. See more »

Quotes

Wong Kei-Ying: Fight poison with poison, what a brilliant doctor!
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Alternate Versions

For the English dub, the line, "A man should shed blood, not tears," has been changed to, "Be a man... grow up!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Kill Bill' (2003) See more »

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The movie I watch again, again, again
10 December 2003 | by Zack_HobsonSee all my reviews

Iron Monkey (Siunin Wong Fei-Hung tsi titmalau), released in North America on the coat-tails of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, was actually made in Hong Kong in 1993. Plenty of special effects augment the fight choreography, which brings to mind Matrix and Crouching Tiger, but this film, in its simplicity, is more enjoyable to me than either of these.

I didn't realize how much I liked this movie until it came on digital cable and I watched it every chance I could get. This movie is eye candy. It's not bothersome or preachy or heavy. It's just fun to watch. And the utter absence of Hollywood is like a cool breeze on a hot summer day.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

12 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,014,653, 14 October 2001

Gross USA:

$14,694,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,694,904
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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