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Iron Monkey (2001)



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

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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 kidnapped, his father is forced to use his daunting skills in the service of the abductor, a dishonest politician plagued by the Robin Hood-style thief known as Iron Monkey, a mysterious masked avenger stealing from the rich, delivering the spoils to the poor. Wong Fei Hung's only allies are the kindly Dr. Yang (Yu Rong Guang) and Yang's assistant, Orchid (Jean Wang), who are protecting an important secret. Iron Monkey (1993) director Yuen Wo Ping is also the masterful martial arts choreographer behind The Matrix (1999) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000); his father served as action choreographer on a series of popular, long-running films centered around the Wong Fei Hung character in the 1950s. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Rongguang Yu
as Dr. Yang
Donnie Yen
as Wong Kei Ying
Jean Wang
as Orchid
Tsang Sze-Man
as Young Wong Fei-Hong
James Wong
as Gov. Cheng
Yuen Shun-Yi
as Chief Fox
Yuen Shun-Yee
as Master Fox
Yen Yee Kwan
as Royal Minister
Yee Kwan Yan
as Hiu Hing
Sai-kun Yam
as Hin Hung
Lee Fai
as Witch
Hau Yin Chung
as Scarred Assassin
Cheung Fung Nay
as Governor's Favorite Wife
Yang Yeo-kwan
as The Monk
Chun Kwai Bo
as Monk #1
Chan Siu Wah
as Monk #2
Yip Choi Nam
as Monk #3
Ko Man Dick
as Monk #4
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Critic Reviews for Iron Monkey

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (30)

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

May 8, 2002 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

January 6, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5

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.

October 18, 2001 | Rating: B+

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

October 16, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 12, 2001 | Full Review…

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.

October 12, 2001

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.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


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.

Lee ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer


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.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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