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The battles are as hilarious as they are stunning, full of kung fu and Shaolin trash talk, blindingly fast punches (achieved by under-cranking the camera, thus speeding up the motion) and breathtakingly inventive fight choreography.
As with other, similar movies, you do have to buy into brazen pulp operatics to get through it. Still, there's a rough-hewn energy to the movie's pre-digital flying-fist sequences that all but neutralizes the unapologetic hokum.
Its production values may not be as good as when Ang Lee or the Wachowski brothers are behind the camera, but the creative vigor of its originality, distilled in a pure and unadulterated form, is simply exhilarating.
Monkey ends up being 86 minutes of action with none of the character depth that made Crouching Tiger an international sensation. You see it for its punch-outs the way you see Riverdance for its stomping.
The action here is peerless. But seen after Crouching Tiger -- in which Yuen's martial-arts mastery was equaled, and balanced, by the story -- you might find yourself wishing for a little Hidden Monkey.