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  • Actors: Rongguang Yu, Donnie Yen, Jean Wang, Sze-Man Tsang, Shun-Yee Yuen
  • Directors: Woo-ping Yuen
  • Writers: Hark Tsui, Elsa Tang, Richard Epcar, Tai-Mok Lau, Tan Cheung
  • Producers: Hark Tsui, Quentin Tarantino
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059RLC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,505 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Digitally remastered and restored DVD transfer
16:9 anamorphic version enhanced for widescreen TVs
Animated biography showcase (Yuen Woo-Ping and Donnie Yen)
Dual language format (English dubbed and Cantonese with remastered English subtitles)
AC3 5:1 Digital Audio
Production photo gallery
Interview gallery with leading man Donnie Yen and director Yuen Woo-Ping
Original theatrical trailer
UK promotional trailer
Fully animated menus

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Iron Monkey is a thrilling 1993 adventure directed by Yuen Woo-Ping, now better known as the action director of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Audiences who approach Iron Monkey after seeing the latter two Hollywood-produced hit movies will not be disappointed here, either by the physical prowess of the stars or the astonishing action set-pieces (especially an interlude atop a set of "Chinese poles"), which are staged for maximum dynamism. The story concerns the real-life Cantonese patriot Wong Fei-Hung, who is first introduced as an earnest boy travelling with his upright pugilist father (Donnie Yen) and drawing inspiration from the activities of the benevolent masked bandit known as the Iron Monkey (Yu Rong-Guang), a sort of Oriental Robin Hood. Ever since the late 1800s Wong Fei-Hung has evolved into an icon of Chinese pop culture and he's been a central figure in Hong Kong cinema since the 1950s, notably in Tsui Hark's Once Upon a Time in China series. Yuen Woo-Ping's fight sequences for his version of the legend are a powerful combination of the older, Baltic style of kung fu action and the newer body-slamming style pioneered by Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. If you thought you were allergic to martial arts but loved Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, this is the perfect picture to continue your exploration of the genre. --David Chute, Amazon.com

On the DVD: This is a handsome-looking anamorphic (16:9) widescreen transfer, although the soundtrack is in mono. You can select either the dubbed English version or the original Cantonese with English subtitles. Extra features include trailers, photo galleries, biographies and interviews with both star Donnie Yen (in English) and director Yuen Woo-Ping (subtitled).

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Smith on 29 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Acclaimed director and action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping brings us his most grandiose effort yet. Exhibiting his mastery of the wire movie, as displayed in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, he brings us this highly entertaining period piece revolving around the father of legendary folk hero Wong Fei Hung (played incredibly convincingly by a young girl!) joining forces with a Robin Hood-esque outlaw who robs from the corrupt and gives to the poor by night, and by day runs a clinic.
Phenomenal Martial Arts player Donnie Yen, who can be seen in Shanghai Knights and Blade II, stars alongside Mainland Chinese Peking Opera Player Yu Rong Kwong in what is a highly ammusing action comedy. Iron Monkey provides all the slapstick you would expect from a Hong Kong movie, as Yuen Woo Ping takes us through the corrupt Manchu governments quest to capture the title character, which culminates in a showdown above a flaming pit that really has to be seen to be believed.
True Martial Arts fans should note that this DVD also provides two documentaries on Wu Shu Forms, along with interviews with leading cast members, Iron Monkey promotional trailers, and some glimpses of hot forthcoming titles.
This title is an absolutely integral addition to the DVD collection of even the most casual admirer of Hong Kong Cinema. Miss it at your peril.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2001
Format: VHS Tape
With the opening shot of a masked figure running silently over rooftops, this film is instantly recognisable as the work of Yuen Woo Ping, the Action Director for The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Martial Arts sequences are some of the best on film with the films climax acted out over poles of fire. The story is rather 'Robin Hood'-esque, with the Iron Monkey playing the part of a doctor who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. The story is fleshed out with the introduction of a very young Wong Fei Hung, who, with his father, played expertly by Donnie Yen, are woven into the fiasco involving the corrupt town officials. This film is one of the finest of the recent 'period' martial arts films, and a must for all fans of the genre, and for fans of "CTHD".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BLIND_BADGER on 17 July 2003
Format: DVD
This is a movie for all lovers of the kung fu genre, it is action packed, fast paced and exciting.
The film is about this warrior called Iron Monkey(Yu Rong Kwong) who is an innocent doctor during the day, and an ass kicking crime fghter by night. The character "Iron Monkey" is basically the chinese version of robin hood, who steals from the rich to feed the poor. Then along comes Donnie Yen one day, who is also a warrior who fights corruption and it all kicks off from there.
Personnally I think the story line is a bit dodgy but dont let that put you off because the fight scenes are absolutely amazing,
The fight scenes are fast paced action sequences done by the master of fight choreography Yuen Woo-ping. The fights arent as poetic as from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but they still leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more of the kinetic kung fu action.
The acting isn't bad either from the leading cast, which is an added bonus but the fill in actors who hang around in the back ground or have one line scenes could do with a few acting lessons. The translation is good as well, though there are a few moments when the conversations between characters gets a bit confusing because the translation is a bit dodgy in places.
But overall it is a kung fu classic with great fight scenes and a must see for all who are into the genre or are just getting into it, you will love every minute of it once you see passed the bad things and you will be stunned by the stuff these guys can do when fighting, there is one fight scene at the end which is absolutely amazing and very well filmed, but my personal favourite is when donnie yen fights Iron Monkey for the first time on the rooftops of the governors house, that fight scene is just awesome!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
What can I say? The only reason I bought Iron Monkey was because I had seen the trailer somewhere. I was impressed. The storyline is amazing, the martial arts choreography is phenomenal and the actors do not seem as plastic as actors in other chinese movies! In my opinion, Iron Monkey is comparable to the likes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, obviously not as highly acclaimed or as large a budget or as well known, yet I feel it is truly one of the greatest martial arts movies of all time!
The demonstrations of long staff (Bo) and the different martial arts styles (such as kung fu and wing chun) are impressive and the director Yuen Woo Ping does justice to both chinese movies and also to the martial arts.
Iron Monkey not only concentrates on the martial arts aspect but also on the storyline - a doctor of a small village in China with a Robin Hood complex. He joins forces with his apprentice, the best fighter in Canton and his son to defeat the corrupt officials...sensational!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lbrinded@cableol.co.uk on 8 Mar. 2001
Format: DVD
This film, I have to say is one of the best chinese movies I have ever watched. The film has so many dimensions and layers in which can be seent throughout the movie. The actors are amazing in it, with true cantonese upbringing of Kung Fu while demonstarting all the styles and weaponry of kung fu. The fighting doesn't lokked cheographed at all, not like many hollywood 'blockbusters' these days. Juxtiposed to 'Crouching tiger, hidden dragon', it is true chinese drama, fighting and script rather than the commercialised stereotypical stuff you get with the latter movie. The extras prove to be a treat which will satisfy any fan along with interviews and so forth. The story sets to show the defiance agains, cults, the corrupt law and to find love in a non whimsical kind of way. The 'iron monkey' in it seems on the same line of Robin Hood, except on using Kung Fu! It is a must see for any action film fan, with true fighting actors, rather than the usual boring Hollywood stunt doubles.
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