Iron Monkey (2001)
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for martial arts action/violence and brief sexuality)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International|
|Directed By:||Yuen Woo-ping, Woo-ping Yuen, Yuen Woo Ping|
|Written By:||Tsui Hark, Hark Tsui, Tang Pik-Yin, Lau Tai-Muk, Cheung Tan|
|In Theaters:||Oct 12, 2001 Limited|
|On DVD:||Mar 26, 2002|
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Critic Reviews for Iron Monkey
A crackling Cantonese action caper in the tradition of Robin Hood, Zorro, Batman et al.
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.
[Yuen's] fights are innovative and intense, whether they're a whirlwind one-on-one duel or one of many struggles featuring multiple combatants.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Iron Monkey
Super fun times, just avoid Miramax hack version. They ruined the cantonese track with the overblown sound effects they added.
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.
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.
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