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Full of action and wonderful fighting choreography,
A remake of the 1970's film of the same name, the 1993 film "Iron Monkey" stars Rongugang Yu ("Musa the Warrior", "Shanghai Noon", "Midnight Express in Orient" as Dr. Yang a.k.a. "Iron Monkey".
During a time when the poor were being mistreated by bandits, many tried to flock towards government officials for protection but finding mistreatment at a higher level as well. So, the "Iron Monkey" is like an equivalent of Robin Hood, steal from the rich and give back to the poor. But being the popular doctor in the village, no one suspects him of anything.
Dr. Yang works with Miss Orchid (Jean Wang, "Once Upon a Time in China" films, "Swordsman III"), a woman who is also an impressive fighter but is seen as the shopkeeper at Dr. Yang's office.
But with a senator coming to visit the village, the current governor wants a search for Iron Monkey (who has stolen a lot of the governor's savings) and has his men try to capture anyone who may be the one who has been stealing from them.
One day, a man named Wong Kei-Ying (Donnie Yen, "Kill Zone", "Shanghai Affairs", "Hero") and his son Wong Fei-Hung (Sze-Man Tsang) visit the village and make some purchases but when Wong Fei-Hung spots a child being bullied, he defends him by using a slingshot and shooting a rock at one of the bad juveniles. But when his father takes the slingshot away, the bad bullies suspect he is the culprit and the father easily beats them.
Because the governor's men watched Wong Kei-Ying fight, they arrest both Wong Kei-Ying and his son.
While all men who were arrested try to plead to the governor that they are not Iron Monkey, the governor doesn't care and wants to imprison all of them. But then the real Iron Monkey shows up and Wong Kei-Ying who wants to protect his son, gets into a fight with Iron Monkey and everyone is at awe at both men's martial arts. The governor then cuts a deal with Wong Kei-Ying, if he catches the Iron Monkey, he will release his son to him. If not, his son will be in prison forever.
With Wong Kei-Ying knowing that all he has is his son, he will do what he can to catch the Iron Monkey. But he is quick to learn that the villagers are supportive of the Iron Monkey and will not feed him. Being broke and having no money and knowing he has a week to catch the Iron Monkey, unbeknown to him, Miss Orchid takes him into their home for food and both she and Dr. Yang learn that his son has been captured and learn that the only way they will be free is if the Iron Monkey is killed.
Knowing that Wong Kei-Ying is being wronged, Dr. Yang (ala Iron Monkey) and Miss Orchid do what they can to help him.
It's important to not that Wong Kei-Ying's son is the Wong Fei-hung that is a Kung Fu hero in China. The real man lived from 1847 through 1924 and was a master of the no-shadow kick, drunken boxing, the lion dance and Hung fist. The character has been explored in a number of films which include the Jet Li "Once Upon a Time in China" films and for Jackie Chan in the "Drunken Master" films
VIDEO & AUDIO:
"Iron Monkey" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1). For the most part, this 1993 film definitely looks better with the HD treatment than its 2002 DVD counterpart. The picture quality looks much clearer and compared to the 1994 "The Legend of Drunken Master" film that is coming out on Blu-ray, "Iron Monkey" has less scratches and dirt. For the most part, the film looks good, not great but good and better
I had heard about Iron Monkey from a friend and decided to purchase it on ebay. When the movie arrived, I couldn't help but to put it in the top ten of my favorite movies. If I could compare it to anything, it would be Robin Hood of China. The scenes are action packed and it touches on the youth of one of China's greatest warriors. This is a definate must buy for any martial arts fan.
This movie is really good, it is ACTION PACKED! one of the best movies ever even though it was made back then everything looks like it was made now! If you want a movie that will keep you entertain well you found it! It is also one of my favorites since it has the kid Wong Fei Hong with his father. *thumbs up!*
I love how this movie is able to avoid all the obvious fake fighting by actully having experienced fighters, also even the scenes where they would use wires plays really well into each scene and keeps you from being distracted. The fighting is excellent, the acting very in depth (probably because it was in another language and had subtitles), and the storyline was very typical of anime and chinese/japanese movies but yet still captivated me to where I would definetly watch it once a week or may be more ;) I would put this movie at my top shelf of movies as I personally believe it was one of the funnest kung fu movies ive ever seen with drama, comedy, and of course high loads of action! A+
I absolutely love Iron Monkey. It is a great movie. There is a ton of action and laughs, perfect for a night in. I really enjoy the big fight scene between the Iron Monkey and Master Wong Keying and the little boys fight scenes as well. You just have to watch it!