Iron Monkey
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A crackling Cantonese action caper in the tradition of Robin Hood, Zorro, Batman et al."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Despite its seemingly constant action, the focus was way too light for my liking, resulting in a film that's often more corny than it is enthralling."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Woo-ping is as unembarrassed by the hokiness of his narrative as he is by that of his unending combat enactments, which you can accept as intentional stylistic exaggerations."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Sometimes it's nice to sit back and enjoy the fireworks, and this movie has lots of fireworks."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"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."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"some of the finest martial arts displays imaginable, and it doesn't take itself seriously"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"While purists may balk at not getting Yuen Woo-ping's complete "vision" here, Iron Monkey manages to make its case, even within the mangled material provided."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"...quite possibly the best action film of the year."
‑ Paul Salfen,
"[Yuen's] fights are innovative and intense, whether they're a whirlwind one-on-one duel or one of many struggles featuring multiple combatants."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A breathtaking pleasure certain to build anticipation for Yuen's future directing efforts on this side of the globe."
‑ Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
"Despite it's tonal split personality, Iron Monkey is a fun Hong Kong martial arts action-comedy that offers a heck of a climax."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Some of the best fight sequences one can expect to see in this genre."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The joy of watching this kind of stuff lies in the choreographical invention and creativity [and] the speed and dexterity of the combatants."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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