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The Iron Monkey [1977] [DVD]

Kuan Tai Chen , Kuan-Chun Chi , Kuan Tai Chen    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kuan Tai Chen, Kuan-Chun Chi, Chia-Lin Sun, Kang Chin, Chung Tien Shih
  • Directors: Kuan Tai Chen
  • Writers: Kuang Ni
  • Producers: Yung-Feng Lin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Showbox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PAIQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,045 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic 1970s Kung Fu movie featuring the monkey style and the eagle's claw technique. A young man finds his family murdered in a terrible massacre, buries their bodies, and heads off to fulfil his destiny at the Shaolin Temple. Under the guiding eye of the 'Bitter Monk', he undergoes a lengthy training process, suffering many taunts and performing feats of great physical endurance. Eventually he leaves the temple to embark on a crusade of revenge.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School classic - For those that know... 5 Jan 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Not a lot of people know this movie, it`s been overshadowed by the 'NEW' Iron Monkey which is in no way related.
However this film features some excellent fight sequences, good acting & reasonable storyline for a martial arts film. It also features some brilliant training sequences.
If you are into the pre-80`s Shaw Brothers productions you will love this film, very much in the style of Snake in the Monkeys Shadow/Snake in the Eagles Shadow etc...
Give it a go if you can find it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic shaw brothers film ... 22 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a classic shaw brothers film with some excellent choreography.The training sequences with the old monk in shoalin are brilliant.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand back Crouching Tiger 2 Sep 2003
Format:DVD
This film is without a doubt one the most amazing choreographed films in the martial arts genre. It has every thing a box office hit such as Crouching Tiger has, but a whole bundle of in your face action scenes second to none. The story line is your classic Robin Hood, with a few twists and a number of planned and incidental comic interludes. There are a number of scenes which will quite literally take your breath away and make you smile with it's enginuity.
In a nut shell this is like watching Crouching Tiger in fast forward.
A must for any action/ martial arts junkie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chen Kuan Tai goes bananas! 13 July 2014
Format:DVD
'Iron' gallivants around town gambling, and generally being a bone idle good for nothing, whilst his respected father and other family members attend to the more serious business of rebel sympathising and causing political trouble for the Ching soldiers imposing themselves on the local populace.
Unfortunately for Iron's family though, there is a spy within their ranks, and when the Ching soldiers attack the family home, the spy reveals himself, and the whole family are taken in to custody with a view to being executed.
When Iron hears of what's happening he of course tries to intervene, but is stopped by a aged friend and his family are massacred..

Time passes by and Iron who has been living feral in the woods, is taken in by the local Shaolin Temple, and despite their concerns about his unbridled lust for revenge, train him in the difficult and sacred martial art of monkey fist.
Three years pass as he trains under 'The Bitter Monk', honing his monkey fist skills with his mind focussed on justice, until one day when the Ching appear at the gates of the temple with a view to recruiting troops. Could this be Iron Monkey's chance to embed himself as a Shaolin spy, not only in order to stop a dastardly Ching plot to destroy the Shaolin temple, but also to carry out the vengeance he's been working so hard towards, against the murderers of his family...

Top, top drawer this one.. Although shot on an obviously low budget for an independent production company, this simple tale of revenge and determination (directed by and starring Chen Kuan~Tai) is no less a classic for it.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly classic kung fu flick; exceptional in every way 15 Oct 2000
By k.e.fraser.md@prodigy.net - Published on Amazon.com
A truly superb classic 70s kung fu film. When a kung fu movie starts out during the opening credits with a live animal fighting another live animal on an empty sound stage, followed by the film's stars fighting each other in their signature animal form on the sound stage, while a serious-sounding narrator gives you the history of each animal form --- you know it gotta be good! If you like that truly classic-style flick, buy this video immediately. Chen Kwan Tai is superb, as always. The plot is straightforward and engaging and leaves you in suspense throughout. Spectacular intricate fight sequences are scattered liberally throughout the entire film, from beginnng to end. One of the Kwan Tai's many opponents, I believe, is a Venom.
This movie, made in 1977, should not be confused with the altogether different 1993 film of the same name. From my "classic" perspective, this film (the 1977 "original") is far superior. This is one of my favorite kung fu movies of all time. It contains one of my favorite kung fu films lines, uttered by the aging monkey fist master to his new would-be student on the first day of training, "The monkey fist technique is most complex..."
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good Kung Fu movie with a distinctive style 10 May 1999
By propanman@aol.com (Hutson) - Published on Amazon.com
Fans of Sonny Chiba and Bruce Lee may not find this movie to be their pride and joy,but will probably find it enjoyable nevertheless. Iron Monkey is set in Manchuria, and made by the Eastern Heroes Video Company. This fact alone would usually turn me off, because of the extremely realistic and conservative fight scenes. There is no gore, unlike the Street Fighter, and there is not that certain charm that Bruce Lee gives to his films. But, somehow Iron Monkey finds a way to please a westerner (me) through its original,laid back fight scenes and a very strong ending.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monkey vs. Eagle 24 Aug 2000
By Erik James - Published on Amazon.com
A great film. Chi Kwan Tai stars as Iron a strong willed rebel boy who sees his family die at the hands of the manchurians. After hiding out he encounters some students at the shaolin temple, where he ends up joining and studying kung fu. After he learns and masters the basics of shaolin kung fu, he is able to choose a style in which he wants to master and specialize in, his decision is Monkey. With the help of an old angry monk he masters the technique. Soon after he joins the manchurian army in order to get closer to those who did his family in. After forcing himself to kill and fight against those who he once fought beside, he earns a chance to move up in rank. Finally he finds his chance to seek revenge. One by one he takes on the evil lords top fighters until he get his chance of redemption Amazing fight scenes and some great styles. The eagle claw, and monkey style like never before. a must have. Look for a young Chi Kwan Chun also as the friend.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the '78 old-school version 11 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is enjoyable unless you bought this expecting the '93 Iron Monkey by Yuen Woo Ping. This Chen Kuan Tai film is good because the fights are really good at the end, and even though the revenge story is cliched, you still root for him getting his revenge on those bad guys all by himself. Worth seeing, but maybe not the old-school classic that many make it out to be.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie is ok, Quality is a joke! 30 May 2002
By "darkman69" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I am a big fan of Kung-Fu movies, even the average ones. So, I checked this one out just for the [heck] of it. I was not sure what to expect, so I just watched it with an open mind. As this type of movie goes, it's the same old story. Guy seeks revenge for death of family members. Hey, I am not one to complain. As long as it's fun to watch, and has good fighting in it. I figure, I got my what I wanted. Iron Monkey was just that. Sure it's not the best Kung-Fu film by any means, but it is a fun one.
The Problem: The company who made this DVD desurves to be beaten just like many of the bad guys in Iron Monkey. This is by far, the worst quality DVD I have ever watched. You can tell they just made it from an old VHS tape! To make matters worse, the quality of the tape is just downright sad. The movie is watchable, but thats it. Now I am not sure what the story behind this movie is. Was the original print lost or what? There is a part in the film where the English just stops, and Chinese starts. Then it goes back to english again. I am confused.
In final. Not a bad movie, but it feels like you are watching a bootleg. Don't waste your money.
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