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Iron Monkey    (1993)
Funny enough, this movie as been compared to "Robin Hood", probably because the "Iron Monkey" steals the rich to give to the poor. The masked hero reminds, however, more of Spanish hero "Zorro", because of the fat local police chief (a real Sergeant Garcia, a kind-hearted baddy) who has good relationship with the local patrician (the real masked hero). Anyway, Iron Monkey is a brilliant revival of the Kung Fu movies. If the results is much less ambitious than the Once Upon A Time in China saga, it is still well entertaining, and it mixes brilliant action sequences, choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping, with pure comedy sequences, but still avoiding an heavy and non-sensical sense of humour. Despite its qualities, Iron Monkey was unfortunately a flop at the HK box office.
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