Iron Monkey

Directed By: Yuen Woo-ping Starring: Yu Rong Guang Donnie Yen

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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.


Studio Ingram Micro
SKU 40164734
UPC 786936173123
UPC 14 00786936173123
Format DVD
Release Date 3/1/2005
Rating Rating
Classic Fight Scenes
Kung Fu
Martial Arts
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Yuen Woo-ping
Yu Rong Guang
Donnie Yen
Cast & Crew
Donnie Yen - Actor
James Wong - Actor
Rongguang Yu - Actor
Sze-Man Tsang - Actor
Arthur Wong - Cinematographer
Yuen Woo Ping - Director
Richard Yuen - Musical Score
Tsui Hark - Producer
Cheung Tan - Writer
Hark Sui - Writer
Tai-Muk Lau - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 25132
UPC 00786936173123
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 85 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Cantonese
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, Cantonese
Aspect Ratio
Hong Kong Film Festival (1994) Yuen Woo Ping, Nominee, Best Action Choreography
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Dubbed, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...a superior example of its genre...
Desson Howe, Washington Post ...not only visually brilliant (but) funny, too.
Dennis Lim, Village Voice ...the final dazzling
San Francisco Chronicle More fun than Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs up!

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