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Iron Monkey (2001)

Iron Monkey

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 82 | Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: Iron Monkey may not have the poetic lyricism of Crouching Tiger, it makes up for it in fun and energy.

96%
Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: Iron Monkey may not have the poetic lyricism of Crouching Tiger, it makes up for it in fun and energy.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 19,023

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for martial arts action/violence and brief sexuality)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Art House & International
Directed By:
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Written By:
Tsui Hark , Tang Pik-Yin , Cheung Tan , Lau Tai-Muk , Hark Tsui
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 26, 2002
Box Office:
$14.2M
Runtime:
Dimension Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Iron Monkey

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (9) | DVD (22)

A crackling Cantonese action caper in the tradition of Robin Hood, Zorro, Batman et al.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Yuen tosses off nimble, elegantly witty solutions to life's most vexing problems regarding rooms full of bad guys who won't take thwak for an answer.

Full Review… | October 18, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

[Yuen's] fights are innovative and intense, whether they're a whirlwind one-on-one duel or one of many struggles featuring multiple combatants.

Full Review… | October 16, 2001
ReelViews
Top Critic

Think of Iron Monkey as the potboiling cousin of Crouching Tiger, rather than its most honoured forefather, and you'll be on the right wavelength.

Full Review… | October 12, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A rollicking, comic-book Robin Hood plot and more furiously entertaining fight scenes than the ones in Ang Lee's solemn martial-arts art movie.

Full Review… | October 12, 2001
Slate
Top Critic

A breathtaking pleasure certain to build anticipation for Yuen's future directing efforts on this side of the globe.

Full Review… | October 12, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Despite its seemingly constant action, the focus was way too light for my liking, resulting in a film that's often more corny than it is enthralling.

Full Review… | September 27, 2009

some of the finest martial arts displays imaginable, and it doesn't take itself seriously

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Old School Reviews

Despite it's tonal split personality, Iron Monkey is a fun Hong Kong martial arts action-comedy that offers a heck of a climax.

Full Review… | September 23, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Woo-ping is as unembarrassed by the hokiness of his narrative as he is by that of his unending combat enactments, which you can accept as intentional stylistic exaggerations.

Full Review… | September 22, 2009
Cinema Signals

While purists may balk at not getting Yuen Woo-ping's complete "vision" here, Iron Monkey manages to make its case, even within the mangled material provided.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
PopMatters

Some of the best fight sequences one can expect to see in this genre.

Full Review… | February 6, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sometimes it's nice to sit back and enjoy the fireworks, and this movie has lots of fireworks.

Full Review… | September 9, 2002
Goatdog's Movies

...quite possibly the best action film of the year.

Full Review… | July 9, 2002
Supercala.com

The joy of watching this kind of stuff lies in the choreographical invention and creativity [and] the speed and dexterity of the combatants.

Full Review… | May 8, 2002
Decent Films Guide

Many of the action set-pieces from Crouching Tiger show up here in embryonic form, but overall this is a much less serious movie geared to niche action audiences.

Full Review… | December 9, 2001
Film Journal International

Perhaps the best thing that can be said for Iron Monkey is this: even when all else fails, it is never dull.

Full Review… | November 7, 2001
Film Blather

While the story and characterizations are weak, the action is as good as you'll see in any film.

Full Review… | October 28, 2001
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a kung-fu flick, with amazing bits of fighting, of course, but it also kicks ass in that figurative sense: it's fast and funny and elegant

Full Review… | October 16, 2001
Flick Filosopher

The fights are spectacular and the cinematography is absolutely breathtaking.

Full Review… | October 12, 2001
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Iron Monkey is a masterful film that deftly bounds over Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Full Review… | October 12, 2001
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Iron Monkey

½

Super fun times, just avoid Miramax hack version. They ruined the cantonese track with the overblown sound effects they added.

DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

½

Hong Kong kung-fu madness with a Robin Hood themed story. Highly regarded by martial-arts fans, and yeah, the fight scenes are spectacular, as you'd expect from legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping who has worked in both Asia and Hollywood orchestrating some of the most impressive action sequences ever recorded on film. It's easy to see the influences this film had on the likes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The story and dialogue are very basic though and it's a script a 10 year-old could easily come up with. It's worth watching just for the action.

WrenchLT
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

½

yuen woo-ping is the man. another masterfully choreographed film - the kung fu in this film is just mind blowing. i love watching donnie yen on screen and the scenes featuring a young wong fei-hung were incredibly believable. i loved this kung fu robin hood/superhero story. one of my favorite films.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

Yuen Woo-ping shows that he is not only an action choreographer, but also a director as well.At just over 80 minutes, Iron Monkey is non stop fun from beginning to end. The characters and story elements have a quirky feel to them, while also the right amount of seriousness to go along with it. The sound effects are playful, as well as the dialogue, and both fit the style of the film nicely. This picture really does just fly by.The wire work martial arts comes in bunches with some great choreography, while the editing, as well as the high speed camera shots give the fights that hyperactive edge. There are also a variety of martial arts styles and moves to keep the film interesting.Donnie Yen and Yu Rongguang carry this film with their acting and martial arts segments. Tsang Sze-Man and the beautiful Jean Wang also impress in the same departments.Iron Monkey is a film that succeeds on many levels and is a martial arts picture that is easily enjoyable.

skactopus
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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