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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.

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Woo-Ping Yuen

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Tan Cheung, Richard Epcar (dubbed version) | 3 more credits »
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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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Taglines:

Unmask the legend 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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Details

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:

$14,681,661
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DTS (US version)| Dolby Digital (US version)| Mono (original release)| SDDS (US version)

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 1h 1 min) As the Iron Monkey is about to climb up the ladder after the fight with the Royal Minister, you can hear the sound effects of him climbing the ladder before he begins climbing it. See more »

Quotes

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

The scenes that are deleted from Miramax's version of the film are not minor. Also, many of the cuts are also made to the fight scenes themselves.
  • The English subtitles on the Miramax version of the film are not a direct translation of the Cantonese. Some of those changes include rewording of dialog (i.e., the entire flashback scene for Miss Orchid is reworded to make it seem that Miss Orchid was not a prostitute), changing the names of many of the moves done by the characters (i.e., calling the "No Shadow Kick" a "Shadow Kick"), and adding back story that is never said or spoken about in the Cantonese dialog (Miramax adds an entire back story to Iron Monkey's character about his father getting murdered which only exists in the Miramax subtitles, not in the Cantonese dialog).
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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Great Entertainment
19 January 2004 | by lu_morningSee all my reviews

This is by far one of the top 10 martial art movies of all time.

This movie has beautiful scenery and atmosphere. It transport me back to a place long ago and far away where life is cruel and government officials are corrupt but all is not forsaken for heroes are out there with heart of pure goodness, body of iron armor, and spirit of courage and valor. This movie made me believe in this world where human can train their body and mind to do inhuman feats like leaping onto roof tops and shattering cement blocks two feet thick. It invoked memories of my childhood dream of becoming a martial art master able to kick butt but also the restraint and pathos for helping those less fortunate. Both Dr Yang and Wong Kei-Ying plays a martial art hero that possess these traits. They are well rounded individuals that posses other admirable skills. Dr Yang for example is a highly skilled doctor, a flashy cook, and a musician. I love one of the breath taking scenery in which he was playing this Chinese instrument out in the court yard on a golden autumn day. It's very nostalgic for me for some reason. Orchid, Dr Yang's assistant is wonderful in this movie as well. She brought beauty and depth to this movie. The young Wong Fei-hung character was great as well. These wonderful characters on top of the amazing fight sequences makes this movie transcend martial art movies and rival any movies genre ever produced in terms of sheer entertainment value. I have read review about the bad/simple plot or fake wire-fu in this movie. That's not the point, the mastery of mood and texture in this movie is sheer enjoyment. How much plot can one develop in a 90 minute martial art movie?...or any movie really...it's all about the human conditions some more complex than other often recycled over and over through the years and placed in a different setting and different context. Great movies capture the human imagination and touches a spectrum of human emotions. Great movies also flow smoothly and do not go into a lull. For me this movie did that and more. Hopefully you'll want to watch it again and again like I did.


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