For Feb 25th: Iron Monkey

Maybe at this point I should just give up trying to get away from Asian films at large. It’s strange how I can actually find them to be considerably more interesting on a more consistent basis than their American counterparts of similar genres.  I kind of wonder if maybe the exotic factor is the reason. Perhaps I need to watch more European films, or movies from the southern hemisphere, to determine if I just don’t like people speaking English.

Iron Monkey is from a specific group of martial arts movies called “wire fu”.  It is called this because of its somewhat superfluous use of stunt wires during fight sequences.

Story/Writing: 1/2

Not a whole lot to award here, a simple re-telling of the “Robin Hood” story, with only a slight twist.  The writing in each scene is good, with lots of colorful characters interacting with each other.

Acting: 1/2

Although there are many different characters, only a very few are ever really developed, leaving the others for use mostly as plot devices.  Donnie Yen is one of the coolest guys to ever kick someone across the room.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Well shot action sequences that are surprisingly colorful.  Even some of the simpler dialogues are made more interesting with good shot choices.  The amount of destruction of the environments in the action scenes was also really cool, if unrealistic.

Sound/FX: 2/2

The effects are put on an equal plane of importance with the kung fu on display.  The wire work is good to, never quite reaching foolish heights of rediculousness.

Misc: 1.5/2

A real extravaganza of classy kung fu.  Never had me bored, even with a simple plot and low character development.


A good little martial arts flick.  A must for any fans of “wire fu”

About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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