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Iron Monkey (1977)

Iron Monkey





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The thirst for vengeance fuels determination in an irresponsible young man in this classic Hong Kong martial arts film. Despite the fact that his father is a respected rebel leader, young Iron Monkey opts to spend his carefree days gambling and breaking into the occasional bout of fisticuffs. His fun is short-lived, however, when his father and the rest of the rebel forces are arrested and executed in a harrowing Manchurian massacre. Fleeing into the woods to escape his malicious attackers, young Iron Monkey soon finds refuge in a local Shaolin monastery. Though things are hard going for him at first, Iron Monkey is soon taken in by the legendary Bitter Monk and enrolled into a grueling training regimen. Only when he has mastered the art of Monkey-Style kung fu will young Iron Monkey be prepared to take revenge on the fearsome chief of the Manchus. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
On DVD: Jun 11, 1997

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Full Review… | October 1, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Iron Monkey

the original iron monkey is one of the all time great kung fu films. revenge isnt empty in this film as the hero seeks revenge which will also lead to the salvation of the shaolin temple and many other rebels. the kung fu is well choreographed and the story is interesting, overall a great martial arts classic.

danny d

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Iron Monkey is the oldest sibling of a prestigious family. One inauspicious day, a ruthless general invades the family?s village and takes them all hostage except Iron Monkey. Iron Monkey?s family is killed by the ruthless general, so he retreats to a Shaolin temple to take-up martial arts. Iron Monkey becomes a master of the monkey style and returns to his hometown to obtain revenge.[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]?In your eyes I can still see hatred and bloodshed.?[/color][/size][/font]
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[size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]Kuan Tai Chen, director of A Simple-Minded Fellow, Dangerous Person, and Return to Action, delivers Iron Monkey. Kuan Tai Chen not only directed this picture, but also stars as the main character. The storyline for this picture was original and more intricate than most films in this genre. Kuan Tai Chen depicted the appropriate aura for the main character, which made the film worth following. [/font][/color][/size]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]?Tomorrow at noon, you all die.?[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]This Iron Monkey (the original) is not as good as the remake; however, it is better than some of the reviews would imply. The family storyline was well presented, the training scenes were excellent, and the action choreography was perfect. Iron Monkey is truly an underrated classic martial arts picture. This belongs in your kung fu collection.[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]?Kill everyone, young and old.?[/color][/size][/font]
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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Grade: B+[/color][/size][/font]

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