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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.

Director:

Woo-Ping Yuen

Writers:

Tan Cheung, Richard Epcar (dubbed version) | 3 more credits »
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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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Taglines:

Sometimes the only way to become a hero is to be an outlaw See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts action/violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

For the US release, distributor Miramax made their own subtitles that did not accurately translate the Cantonese dialogue. Scenes were also edited or removed to tone down the violence and comedy. See more »

Goofs

(at around 59 mins) In the Iron Monkey's first fight with the witch, she cuts off his braid of hair. However, in some scenes after the fight, it's there again, and in some scenes, it isn't. 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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20 October 2001 | by gdog-2See all my reviews

For all you people who've only seen the matrix, CTHD, and think fight club features the best fighting ever, you ain't seen nothing yet. Iron Monkey features Hong Kong movie making at one of its best. For those of you who couldn't find a plot, I don't know what kind of movie you saw or how well you pay attention to a movie but I found the plot to be about a good doctor who helps the poor, and the oppressive govt official that's after him. And it gets complicated by Donnie Yen's character. And sorry, for those of you who don't know, there's no literal Monkey made out of Iron in this movie just like there are no crouching tigers or hidden dragons in that movie. But Iron Monkey is a martial arts classic.


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