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Iron Monkey (1993)

Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 October 2001 (USA)
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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.

Director:

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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

For the US release, distributor Miramax made their own subtitles that did not accurately translate the Cantonese dialogue. Scenes were also edited or removed to tone down the violence and comedy. See more »

Goofs

(at around 41 mins) When Dr Yang plays the monocord, we hear vibrato, but the fingers in his left hands are not moving. See more »

Quotes

Iron Monkey: [dubbed and subtitled versions] Don't take things too seriously, and you will always be at ease.
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Alternate Versions

The Miramax version released in the U.S. in 2001 is severely cut from the original Hong Kong version and has the memorable original musical score by Richard Yuen removed and replaced by a new score by James L. Venable. The new score was made to sound similar to the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon score because Miramax hoped that it could cash in on its success. See more »

Connections

References Dreadnaught (1988) See more »

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Fancy Kung Fu Robin Hood
20 December 1999 | by Mick-55See all my reviews

I really loved this flick. A Kung Fu Robin Hood fights corruption in officialdom whilst providing for the poor and needy. Kung Fu skills go from fancy kicks and hand work, to wok skills, balancing on poles and beating up bullies with an umbrella. Once the visiting doctor realises his mistake in wanting to defeat our hero, a dynamic team up results against the evil foes from Shaolin who misuse their art to the obligatory Kung Fu bad guys (and girls). The characters are quite good, even the little kid didn't irritate me (good skills). This movie has some padding, with the father-son routine. It worked ok, adding some plot and human interest to the movie. Even one of the corrupt officials (Master Fox) moves beyond 1D, though the Shaolin monk is truly the 1D bad guy. Well done Tsui Hark.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

12 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iron Monkey See more »

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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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