Iron Monkey

Iron Monkey

4.5 9
Director: Yuen Woo Ping

Cast: Yu Rongguang, Donnie Yen, Jean Wang

     
 

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This kung fu classic weaving fact and myth earned a theatrical release in the U.S. from Miramax eight years after it was produced, following a successful retrospective screening at the 2001 Los Angeles Film Festival. Wong Kei Ying (Donnie Yen) is a master of the Hung Gar style of boxing in mid-19th century China. His son, Wong Fei Hung (Sze-Man Tsang), though still…  See more details below

Overview

This kung fu classic weaving fact and myth earned a theatrical release in the U.S. from Miramax eight years after it was produced, following a successful retrospective screening at the 2001 Los Angeles Film Festival. Wong Kei Ying (Donnie Yen) is a master of the Hung Gar style of boxing in mid-19th century China. His son, Wong Fei Hung (Sze-Man Tsang), though still just a boy, will grow up to become a martial arts legend, a nearly mythical figure in Chinese history. When Wong Fei Hung is kidnapped, his father is forced to use his daunting skills in the service of the abductor, a dishonest politician plagued by the Robin Hood-style thief known as Iron Monkey, a mysterious masked avenger stealing from the rich, delivering the spoils to the poor. Wong Fei Hung's only allies are the kindly Dr. Yang (Yu Rong Guang) and Yang's assistant, Orchid (Jean Wang), who are protecting an important secret. Iron Monkey (1993) director Yuen Wo Ping is also the masterful martial arts choreographer behind The Matrix (1999) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000); his father served as action choreographer on a series of popular, long-running films centered around the Wong Fei Hung character in the 1950s.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Originally released in 1993, Iron Monkey finally arrived in the States on the heels of the success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Yuen Wo-Ping, who did the stunt choreography for that film as well as for The Matrix, directed this high-flying take on the Robin Hood story, in which an amiable country doctor (Dr. Yang, played by Yu Rong-guong) spends his evenings chasing across rooftops and stealing from the corrupt local lord. Produced by Tsui Hark, the prolific director of, among other things, the fabulous Once Upon a Time in China series, Iron Monkey has all the action of a kung-fu action flick -- as you might expect -- and all the grace and poise of an expertly staged musical. Donnie Yen, as itinerant doctor Wong Kei-ying, plays his role with understated elegance. Wong's son, who turns out to be the Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hong, is here embodied by Tsang Sze-man with a lively animation that makes her a delight to watch. As is usual for any film where Yuen's involved, the plot here is merely something upon which to hang the nonstop action, culminating as it does in one of those unlikely kung-fu balancing acts for which Yuen is renowned. Not exactly high drama, perhaps, but it hangs together better than most movies of the genre, and it's great fun. Genevieve Williams
All Movie Guide - Genevieve Williams
Originally released in 1993, Iron Monkey finally arrived in the States on the heels of the success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Yuen Wo-Ping, who did the stunt choreography for that film as well as for The Matrix, directed this high-flying take on the Robin Hood story, in which an amiable country doctor (Dr. Yang, played by Yu Rong-guong) spends his evenings chasing across rooftops and stealing from the corrupt local lord. Produced by Tsui Hark, the prolific director of, among other things, the fabulous Once Upon a Time in China series, Iron Monkey has all the action of a kung-fu action flick -- as you might expect -- and all the grace and poise of an expertly staged musical. Donnie Yen, as itinerant doctor Wong Kei-ying, plays his role with understated elegance. Wong's son, who turns out to be the Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hong, is here embodied by Tsang Sze-man with a lively animation that makes her a delight to watch. As is usual for any film where Yuen's involved, the plot here is merely something upon which to hang the nonstop action, culminating as it does in one of those unlikely kung-fu balancing acts for which Yuen is renowned. Not exactly high drama, perhaps, but it hangs together better than most movies of the genre, and it's great fun.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
The climactic duel, fought on wooden poles over a sea of flames, is audaciously choreographed. This is formula raised to the level of art, and the results are simply exhilarating.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398137658
Original Release:
1993
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
38,032

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yu Rongguang Dr. Yang/Iron Monkey
Donnie Yen Wong Kei-Ying
Jean Wang Miss Orchid
Tsang Sze Man Wong Fei Hong
Yuen Shun-Yi Chief Fox
James Wong Governor
Yen Yee Kwan Royal Minister
Yam Sai-Kun Actor
Lee Fai Virgin Assassin
Wong Tsing-ying Actor
Hau Yin Chung Scarred Assassin
Yu Wing-Kwong Actor
Cheung Fung Nay Governor's Favorite Wife
Chun Kwai Bo Monk #1
Chan Siu Wah Monk #2
Yip Choi Nam Monk #3
Ko Man Dick Monk #4

Technical Credits
Yuen Woo Ping Director
Ringo Cheung Production Designer
Yuen Cheung-Yan Consultant/advisor
Chan Chi-wai Editor
Mak Chisin Editor
Raymond Chow Executive Producer
Cinefex Workshop Co. Special Effects
Wong Chun Fai Makeup
Celia Hallquist Producer
Tsui Hark Producer,Screenwriter
David C. Hughes Sound/Sound Designer
Chan Kwok Hung Makeup
Lai Kai Keung Asst. Director
Angie Lam Editor
Raymond Lee Associate Producer,Co-producer
Bo Bo Ng Costumes/Costume Designer
Tang Pik-yin Screenwriter
Chu Yen Ping Set Decoration/Design
Ho Lai Sheung Production Manager
Arthur Wong Cinematographer
Lau Tai-Muk Screenwriter
Cheung Tan Screenwriter
Elsa Tang Screenwriter
James L. Venable Score Composer
Tam Chi Wai Cinematographer
Mary Stuart Welch Executive Producer
Anthony Wong Asst. Director
Wang Ying-Hsiang Executive Producer
Hester Yip Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Credits: Grabbing the Governor's Gold [6:55]
2. Healing the Sick [5:24]
3. "Bless You, Iron Monkey" [2:31]
4. "Could He Be the Iron Monkey?" [3:58]
5. A Merciless Trial [5:52]
6. "Save Some Room for Soup" [5:58]
7. Shaolin Foes? [5:43]
8. Curing Fei-Hong [2:36]
9. A Cunning Ruse [6:09]
10. Too Small to Fight? [4:33]
11. The Royal Minister Arrives [1:42]
12. Sharing Wisdom and Food [2:49]
13. "Buddha's Palm" [5:45]
14. "Release the Blood and Revitalize the Soul" [6:55]
15. Bullying the Weak? [4:37]
16. Deadly Balance [9:36]
17. "Safe Travels" [1:27]
18. End Credits [3:13]

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