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Iron Monkey (1993)

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Original title: Siunin Wong Fei-hung tsi titmalau

Release Date
Oct 12, 2001
DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 26, 2002
 R2: 26 Mar 2001

Budget $2,000,000

Official Website:
Iron Monkey Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for martial arts action/violence and brief sexuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 26 minutes

Country Hong Kong

Studio Miramax Films

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Other Titles
• Iron Monkey (1993)
• Iron Monkey: The Young Wong Fei Hong (1993)
• Shao nian Huang Fei-Hong zhi tie ma liu (1993)

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Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Period Piece, Experimental, Doctor, Superhero

Tagline: Sometimes the only way to become a hero is to be an outlaw

Plot: Yuen Woo-Ping's exhilarating martial arts film stars Yu Rong Guang as Dr. Yang, a kind family doctor who charitably provides medicine and care to impoverished villagers, along with his assistant, Orchid (the lovely Jean Wang). Yang, however, also masquerades as the crime-fighting Iron Monkey, who robs gold from the rich and gives to it the poor, much to the dismay of the corrupt local governor (James Wong). When famed fighter and physician Wong Kei-Ying (Donnie Yen) and his young son, Wong Fei-Hung (crossdressed actress Tsang Sze-Man), wander into town, the cowardly ruler captures the boy and pits his father against the elusive Iron Monkey. Eventually, the heroes must unite to face an even greater foe--a renegade Shaolin master (Yen Yee Kwan) and his treacherous lackeys.

This Chinese variation on the legend of Robin Hood is a good-natured (and often funny) action movie that features numerous outstanding fight scenes (including a battle fought on poles over a raging fire) and a surprising amount of cooking (yes, cooking). The film is the prequel to Tsui Hark's ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA series, which follows the adventures of folk hero Wong Fei-Hung as an adult. IRON MONKEY is particularly revelatory due to the amazing action sequences directed by Woo-Ping, who went on to

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 Directed by
Woo-ping Yuen
Drunken Master, The Tai-Chi Master, She xing diao shou
 Written by
Tai-Muk Lau
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Cheung Tan
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Donnie Yen
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Rongguang Yu
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Jean Wang
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Yee Kwan Yan
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James Wong
Lo foo chut gang, Visible Secret, Lao hu chu geng 2
 Music By
James L. Venable
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Richard Yuen
Xiao ao jiang hu zhi dong fang bu bai, Shu dan long wei, Once Upon a Time in China II

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