Iron Monkey

Iron Monkey is a Hong Kong variation of Robin Hood. Corrupt officials of a Chinese village are robbed by a masked bandit known as “Iron Monkey”, named after a benevolent deity. When all else fails, the Governor forces a traveling physician into finding the bandit. The arrival of an evil Shaolin monk, brings the physician and Iron Monkey together to battle the corrupt government.

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Film Cast:

  • Dr. Yang / Iron Monkey: Yu Rongguang
  • Wong Kei-ying: Donnie Yen
  • Miss Orchid: Jean Wang
  • Wong Fei-Hung: Angie Tsang Sze-Man
  • Wonder Palm Monk Hin Hung: Yen Shi-Kwan
  • Governor Cheng Pak Fong: James Wong
  • Master Fox: Shun-Yee Yuen
  • Monk Hin Hung’s Disciple: Lee Fai
  • Monk Hin Hung’s disciple: Hsiao Ho
  • One of the Bad Monks: Chun Kwai-Bo
  • One of the Bad Monks: Mandy Chan Chi-Man
  • One of the Bad Monks: Alex Yip Choi-Nam
  • Governor’s Favourite Mistress: Cheung Fung-Lei
  • Governor’s Advisor: Sze Mei-Yee
  • Fat Rich Patient: William Duen
  • Chief of Thieves’ Gang: Dang Taai-Woh
  • One Of The Bad Monks: Chan Siu-Wah

Film Crew:

  • Editor: Angie Lam
  • Director: Yuen Woo-ping
  • Editor: Marco Mak Chi-Sin
  • Editor: Chan Chi Wai
  • Director of Photography: Arthur Wong Ngok-Tai
  • Producer: Tsui Hark
  • Screenplay: Cheung Tan
  • Original Music Composer: Johnny Njo
  • Original Music Composer: William Wu Wai-Lap
  • Original Music Composer: Chow Gam-Wing
  • Director of Photography: Adam Tam Chi-Wai
  • Art Direction: Ringo Cheung
  • Art Direction: Kant Leung
  • Costume Design: Bo-Ling Ng
  • Screenplay: Elsa Tang
  • Screenplay: Lau Daai-Muk
  • Title Designer: Dan Perri

Movie Reviews:

  • Paco Hope: This is a great kung-fu action film set in historical China. The fight choreography is done by Yuen Wo Ping, who has choreographed fighting in a number of great films, and later choreographed the fighting in The Matrix. His style is stamped all over the fights in the movie. As Kung Fu films go Iron Monkey has an interesting story woven in among familiar tropes. You see plenty of thugs get their comeuppance and there are a few light comedy scenes as well. The story centres around the “Iron Monkey”, a Robin Hood-like character who robs from the rich and gives to the poor, who has a Batman-like secret identity. It is much more than “your kung-fu is no good, mine is better!” and the main characters are genuinely likeable and well acted. I think the English voice actors do a pretty good job. The villains are cartoonish in their badness, and the heroes always win, which is typical of the genre. If you like the genre, this is definitely one worth watching. Because it has an interesting story, it’s also fairly accessible to folks who are not big kung fu fans.
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