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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV534
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137134695
  • Street Date: 10/24/23
  • PreBook Date: 09/19/23
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Martial Arts
  • Run Time: 93 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1977
  • Region Code: A
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Cantonese

 

Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Sing Chen
  • Actor: James Tien
  • Actor: Hark-On Fung
  • Actor: Dean Shek
  • Actor: Shi-Kwan Yen
  • Actor: Ho Wang
  • Actor: Ching-Ying Lam
  • Actor: Wu Ma
  • Actor: Fat Chung
  • Actor: Lung Chan
  • Actor: Eric Tsang
  • Actor: Billy Chan
  • Actor: Hsiung Chao
  • Actor: Wei-Ying Chen
  • Actor: Wah Cheung
  • Director: Sammo Hung

 

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The Iron Fisted Monk [Limited Edition]

Sammo Hung plays "Husker," a young civilian who is taken in and trained by Shaolin monks after his uncle was killed by the Manchus.

The Iron Fisted Monk [Limited Edition]
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In the years following the passing of Bruce Lee, the flame of Hong Kong action cinema was being kept alive via the masterful choreography of Sammo Hung in a multitude of films, typically under the direction of Huang Feng (Hapkido, The Shaolin Plot). However, in 1977, Hung would finally get his chance to fully take the directing reins, with his former director by his side as co-writer, paving the way for The Iron-Fisted Monk! Rice Miller Luk (Hung) is just a simple man trying to live a quiet life, until one day the Manchu Bannermen bully their way through town, killing his uncle in the process. When a nearby Shaolin monk, San De (Chan Sing, The Shaolin Plot), easily defeats them and sees the fallen Luk, he offers him a chance to learn martial arts at the Shaolin Temple. However, Luk's impatience with his training sees him return to his town to witness an even more ruthless organization of Manchus, led by a depraved official (Fung Hak-An, Warriors Two) who has a nasty and violent habit of taking whatever (and whoever) he wants. Will Luk's incomplete Shaolin teachings, combined with the skill set of San De, be enough to put an end to the Manchu stronghold plaguing their people? Predating The 36th Chamber of Shaolin's variation of the story of San De and Miller Luk by a year, and notorious for its uncensored version receiving a retroactive Category III rating in Hong Kong (the equivalent of the American NC-17), The Iron-Fisted Monk pulls no punches, literally or figuratively, explosively marking the beginning for one of the greatest martial arts film directors of all time!

Media

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Bonus Materials

  • 2K restoration from original film elements by Fortune Star
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation of the original uncensored version
  • Original lossless Cantonese and Mandarin mono audio, plus lossless English dub mono option
  • Two choices of English dubbed audio: the original export dub mono (first time ever in the US) and the newer 5.1 dub created for international DVD presentations
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by martial arts cinema expert Frank Djeng
  • Two archival interviews with Sammo Hung
  • Archival interview with Casanova Wong
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Mills
  • Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Mills
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Brandon Bentley

Sales Points

  • Directorial debut of Martial Arts Legend, Sammo Hung (Martial Law)
  • Considered the first Modern Kung Fu film, establishing a new level of stunts and choreography
  • Considered one of the ten most influential Martial Arts films of All Time

Press Quotes

Folks that are well versed in the history of Hong Kong cinema tend to agree that Sammo Hung's directorial debut, The Iron-Fisted Monk, is the godfather of the martial arts comedy. Why? Because this film delivered a blueprint that over the years served well other films that are now considered milestones in the genre

     — Dr. Svet Atanasov, Blu-ray.com

Sammo Hung's directorial debut, The Iron-Fisted Monk introduced many of the choreographic and editing techniques that would become commonplace in modern action cinema

     —Michael Den Boer, 10Kbullets

Sammo has managed to create a visual spectacle that remains fresh to this day, and features some sublime choreography to rival that of better known classics like 'Drunken Master' or 'Magnificent Butcher'.

     —Tony Ryan, Far East Films

The Iron-Fisted Monk may seem like it's another goofy Sammo Hung comedy, but there's a rather interestingly savage subtext at play in the film, which gives it a bit of an edge.

     —JEFFREY KAUFFMAN, Blu-ray.com

  

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