The Iron Monkey

Release Date: October 12, 2001

Brass monkey, that funky monkey.

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After receiving an extremely positive audience response at the 2001 Los Angeles Film Festival, Miramax has decided to give this 1993 Hong Kong film a wide US theatrical release, much as they did in 2000 with The Legend of Drunken Master.

The decision may prove to be a fortuitous one. Director Yuen Woo-Ping was the choreographer behind the wire fight scenes in both The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and he also helmed Fist of Legend and the original Drunken Master. The writing team includes Tsui Hark (Black Mask) and Pik-Yin Tang (Once Upon a Time in China).

The story closely resembles the British Robin Hood legend. A corrupt government rules the land, and the residents are downtrodden. A masked bandit called the Iron Monkey robs the crooked village officials and gives the money to the poor. In frustration, the officials blackmail a traveling physician to investigate the Iron Monkey, but a malevolent Shaolin monk forces the two to work together to battle his evil regime.

Like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the film has English subtitles. Although none of the featured actors (Donnie Yen, Yu Rong-guang) have wide name recognition here in the states, the real "star" of the movie will be the fight scenes, which are said to be beautifully executed and wonderfully choreographed. According to Variety, Iron Monkey is likely to build to around 1,000 prints, in a release pattern similar to that of The Legend of Drunken Master. Since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has opened the door for wider acceptance of quality subtitled Hong Kong films, Iron Monkey may prove to be a modest art house hit. (Kim Hollis/BOP)





Vital statistics for The Iron Monkey
Main Cast Donnie Yen, Yu Rong-guang
Supporting Cast Jean Wang, Yee Kwan Yan, James Wong, Hou Hsiao
Director Woo-Ping Yuen
Screenwriter Hark Tsui, Pik-yin Tang, Cheung Tan, Tai-Muk Lau
Distributor Miramax
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Rating PG-13
Running Time 90 minutes
Screen Count 1,225
Also see Iron Monkey
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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Title
Date
Opening
Adjusted Opening
Screens
PSA
Adj PSA
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Mult
Matrix Reloaded, The 5/16/0391.77 91.77 3603 25471.00 25471.0 281.91 281.91 2.61
Red Dragon 10/4/0236.54 37.99 3357 10885.00 10885.0 93.10 96.79 2.55
Matrix, The 4/2/9927.78 33.10 2849 9751.00 11133.0 171.38 204.23 5.82
Dragonheart 5/31/9615.03 20.50 2130 7056.00 9259.0 51.36 70.07 3.42
Kiss of the Dragon 7/6/0113.30 14.19 2025 6570.00 6744.4 36.83 39.30 2.77
Dragonfly 2/22/0210.22 10.62 2507 4077.00 4077.0 30.06 31.25 2.94
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story 5/7/9310.02 14.59 1887 5310.00 7439.1 35.01 50.99 3.49
Rumble in the Bronx 2/23/969.86 13.45 1736 5680.00 7453.4 32.35 44.13 3.28
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 1/12/017.73 8.25 693 11154.00 11450.1 128.07 136.68 13.99
Dungeons and Dragons 12/8/007.24 8.09 2078 3484.00 3749.0 15.19 16.99 2.10
Ready to Rumble 4/7/005.26 5.88 2585 2035.00 2189.8 12.37 13.83 2.35
Legend of Drunken Master, The 10/20/003.85 4.30 1342 2869.00 3087.2 11.55 12.92 3.00
Twin Dragons 4/9/992.83 3.37 1129 2507.00 2862.3 8.33 9.92 2.94
Double Dragon 11/4/941.38 2.03 1087 1270.00 1805.4 2.34 3.45 1.70


     


 
 

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