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Iron Monkey (1993)

Director: Yuen Woo-ping     Starring: Yu Rong Guang Donnie Yen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40164734
UPC: 786936173123
UPC 14: 00786936173123
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Quentin Tarantino presents..|Sometimes the only way to become a hero is to be an outlaw.
In a desperate and unjust land, where government corruption rules the day, only one man has the courage to challenge the system and fight back. They call him iron monkey. Under the shadow of night, in the silence before dawn, he fights to give hope to the poor and the oppressed.

"...a superior example of its genre...  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...not only visually brilliant (but) funny, too.  Desson Howe, Washington Post
"...the final duel...is dazzling  Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"More fun than Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  San Francisco Chronicle
"Two thumbs up!  Ebert & Roeper

Editor's Note
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 choreograph the intricate fights of THE MATRIX and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.

Features
Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Dubbed, No Longer Produced
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Ingram Micro
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/1/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 85 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1993
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 25132
Video UPC UPC: 00786936173123
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Cantonese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, Cantonese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Donnie Yen
Video Cast Info James Wong
Video Cast Info Rongguang Yu
Video Cast Info Sze-Man Tsang
Video Cast Info Arthur Wong - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Yuen Woo Ping - Director
Video Cast Info Richard Yuen - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Tsui Hark - Producer
Video Cast Info Cheung Tan - Writer
Video Cast Info Hark Sui - Writer
Video Cast Info Tai-Muk Lau - Writer

Awards


Hong Kong Film Festival (1994)
   Video Award Name Yuen Woo Ping, Nominee, Best Action Choreography

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...Damn if it isn't crackling fun....There's no resisting..." -- Rating: B 08/20/1999 p.133

USA Today
"...The action is consistent..." 03/29/2002 p.5E

Sight and Sound
"...[With] ingeniously choreographed, gravity-defying fight sequences..." 07/01/2001 p.64

Los Angeles Times 9 of 10
If Asian martial arts movies interest you even a little bit, you're going to want to see Iron Monkey. Not only that, you're going to want to see it more than once. ...the action rarely paused to take a breath. - Kenneth Turan

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