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Iron Monkey (1993) is a Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping. The film, which is a remake of the 1977 movie of the same name, stars Yu Rongguang and Donnie Yen. The movie presents the tale of events from the childhood of Wong Fei-hung about a Chinese Robin Hood-esque folk hero. The story revolves around a mysterious encounter with a masked man know as the Iron Monkey, the alter ego of Yang Tianchun. During the day, Yang is a Chinese physician who offers free medical care to those who can't afford it by day. He makes a living by only charging his rich patients. As the Iron Monkey, he goes around town at night and takes from the rich to help the poor.

After breaking into the governor's palace and taking a bunch of gold, he becomes public enemy number one. The angry governor orders his chef constable to search for the Iron Monkey and arrest anyone associated with him. Yang treats many of the men injured while pursuing the Iron Monkey at night, as the constable remains unaware that the physician is really the fabled "hero." Wong's father is arrested and falsely accused of being the Iron Monkey.

Wong ends up fighting the Iron Monkey to prove his innocence. The governor witnesses this and kidnaps the young Wong to convince his father to catch the Iron Monkey, which he must do within seven days. The locals turn on the senior Wong for helping the unpopular governor in his quest to capture the "thief." Wong ends up at Yang's clinic after falling ill while in prison. Eventually, Wong learns the identify of the physician. The two band together to take on the governor.

There are plenty of action scenes as the two, with Wong sometimes wearing the Iron Monkey costume now, break into the governor's house again and take more gold to distribute to the poor people in the town. The governor orders a search of the entire town to track down the Iron Monkey. It turns out somebody who has been "helping" in the hunt for the Iron Monkey has actually known his identity all along and has been secretly helping him avoid capture.

Iron Monkey is a classic tale of corruption and greed going up against the power of good as represented by the Iron Monkey. The movie concludes with a final confrontation - with a few twists and turns - and hope that things will be better. And the Iron Monkey becomes an iconic figure of good in Chinese culture.

Iron Monkey is an Action, Crime, Drama movie that was released in 1993 and has a run time of 1 hr 30 min. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 79.

Iron Monkey is available to watch and stream, buy on demand at Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube VOD online. Some platforms allow you to rent Iron Monkey for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

| 1993 | 1 hr 30 min | 7.5/10 | 79/100
Rongguang Yu, Donnie Yen, Jean Wang, Sze-Man Tsang
Yuen Woo-ping
Produced By
Executive Producers:, Raymond Chow, Wang Ying-Hsiang, Mary Stuart Welch, Producers:, Celia Hallquist, Tsui Hark

Also directed by Woo-ping Yuen, Yuen Woo-ping

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