Iron-Fisted Monk (1977)

7/10 - Nothing too remarkable
Reviewed by Simon on 03 February 2002

He he... Sammo kicks ass dude. He's like, fat, but he kicks ass... he he.

*ahem*

Sammo's first movie as director is a fairly standard old school plot... evil manchus go round being very naughty, much to the distress of Sammo and the other oppressed Hans. After his family is killed, Sammo goes to the Shaolin Temple and learns a bit of kung fu, then it's off for revenge. It's got a pleasant mixture of melodrama and comedy, and about the right number of action scenes. An unusually high number of exposed female breasts for the period too...

Nothing too remarkable, but a well made movie with good fight scenes. Primarily of interest for being the starting point of a truly remarkable directorial career, I think.

Cast

Sammo Hung
Chen Sing
Lo Hoi-Pang
James Tien
Wang Hsieh
Fung Hak-On
Wu Ma
Lam Ching-Ying

Crew

Director
Sammo Hung
Lee Jeong-Ho
Action Director
Sammo Hung
Production Company
Golden Harvest
Writer
Huang Feng
Sammo Hung
Assistant Director
Dean Shek