Marc Bernardin
August 20, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Iron Monkey

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
86 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/12/01
performer
Rongguang Yu, Sze-Man Tsang, Donnie Yen
director
Yuen Woo-Ping
distributor
Miramax
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a B+

Expecting subtle nuances of character and deft plot twists from a kung fu flick would be like looking for true wisdom in a fortune cookie. And 1993’s Iron Monkey — directed by Yuen Wo Ping, the Hong Kong action choreographer who designed the high-wire fights in ”The Matrix” — isn’t a revisionist experience, but damn if it isn’t crackling fun. Like a Shaolin Robin Hood, Iron Monkey (Yu) fleeces the moneyed to feed the impoverished…until the forces of greed call in some vicious martial artists for the requisite Big Showdown. There’s no resisting a movie in which two adversaries leap 40 feet in the air, land on a rooftop, and, in the middle of a fists-of-fury flurry, pause as one says, ”You’re very good!”

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