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deano
Super Reviewer
November 27, 2010
Excellently crafted kung-fu film dealing with the conflict between the Manchus and the Shaolin monks. We see the barbaric actions of the Manchus from early on in the film, and the tension builds quite steadily until there is only one option left: fight to the death.
Sammo Hung is brilliant as usual and his directorial talent can be identified in this film clearly. His martial artistry is great and his strength improves as things get more desperate.
The final fight scene is a fantastic display of athletic agility, superb choreography and totally mind-blowing action.
May 25, 2008
Excellently crafted kung-fu film dealing with the conflict between the Manchus and the Shaolin monks. We see the barbaric actions of the Manchus from early on in the film, and the tension builds quite steadily until there is only one option left: fight to the death.

Sammo is brilliant as usual and his directorial talent can be identified in this film clearly. His martial artistry is great and his strength improves as things get more desperate. His use of the spear in the final reel is awesome. (Also, watch out for the snake-fist styles towards the end).

The Iron-fisted monk could one of two leading characters: Sammo himself, or his "brother" Tak, played by Sing Chen. What this double-up provides is a fantastic two-on-two final reel of violent Shaolin-style Kung Fu. It's a wonderful climax, sadly triggered by the death of some villagers at the hands of the Manchus.

That said, this is a pretty challenging film in that it portrays senseless and random abuse towards women and children - well pretty much the whole village really. But I guess it makes the revenge angle all that much sweeter... and righteous: (Buddha be praised).
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