Genre Guesstimation – Iron Monkey (1993)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by David of Blueprint Review and we will be reviewing our favorite Hong Kong Martial Arts Movies.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice David!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Hong Kong Martial Arts Movies.

“Fight poison with poison, what a brilliant doctor! ” – Wong Kei-Ying

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A physician in Ancient China disguises himself at night in order to help the poor by stealing from the rich.

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was David’s choice for me to watch.

As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of foreign language films, I was a bit hesitant to watch this film, but since I’m always doing my bets to expand my movie knowledge on a more global scale, I decided to take the plunge and se what it was all about

The best part of this film is the fun action scenes which are choreographed really well and allow for us to see some very intriguing fight scenes that in some respects defy gravity.

The story seems like an enhanced version of the Robin Hood tale transferred to China and that actually helps make this even more enjoyable to watch.

The plot is filled with some great twists and turns that allow for the story to remain very thrilling as the story plays out in various directions that are quite unexpected.

Really liked the way that this story has some nice connections to the Robin Hood story because it helps make things feel as if they are part of a true fable or fairy tale while also establishing this as a legend that could conceivably be passed on throughout the generations.

Bottom Line – This is a film that works due to the great action scenes that enhance the simple Robin Hood-esque storyline. The martial arts scenes are choreographed really well and allows for things to stay quite enjoyable throughout. The film is filled with some great twists and turns that helps keep things thrilling as the story plays out n drections that are a bit unexpected. I really liked the various comparisons to the Robin Hood story and the way that they make this story feel like a legend that is told to children about a hero of long ago.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For the US release, distributor Miramax made their own subtitles that did not accurately translate the Cantonese dialogue. Scenes were also edited or removed to tone down the violence and comedy. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. Fun action film that is enhanced by the way that the action takes place along with the twists and turns in the story.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Iron Monkey (1993)

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