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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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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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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:

$14,694,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,694,904
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DTS (US version)| Dolby Digital (US version)| Mono (original release)| SDDS (US version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With Jet Li at the time not wanting to continue his role as Wong Fei-Hung, producer Hark Tsui gave Woo-Ping Yuen the task of directing a prequel. 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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Very enjoyable, well done action fest with a few laughs as well.
27 September 2004 | by Fightinggoat7See all my reviews

Now before I start praising this movie I would like to say that although there are a few things in common, Crouching tiger and Iron monkey are very different. OK now to get to the praising. The character "Iron Monkey" is a very cool and heroic character that is very convincing helping all these poor people get the money and shelter that they rightfully deserve. Donnie yen who us Americans most likely only know as "Snowman" from Blade 2 also stars in this great film. The action and fights that everyone is most likely seeing the movie for are everything you would expect from China or Japan (not sure where this is from) The fights are a little far-fetched but movies are not supposed to be realistic and those far-fetched things add to the fun of this very very stylish and entertaining movie. Aside from the action there is a few laughs along the way that again add to the fun of this extraneously cool film. The action is spread out at the beginning but as time presses on it becomes non-stop and it is all good. Now I must say one thing.....Some of the fights kind of get monotonous. Let me say this the repetitive nature of 2 things (kicking objects back and forth at each other and throwing stuff and kicking it before it hits them) would have DOOMED any other film but not Iron Monkey the repetitive moves are not a negative thing since it is still cool and they do kick and throw different objects each time. My Grade:A it is just another example of how China and/or Japan KNOW HOW TO MAKE GREAT MOVIES


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