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Iron Monkey | 2001 | PG-13 | - 3.6.3

Period piece about a physician who doubles as the Iron Monkey during his off-hours. He becomes a Robin Hood-type superhero to the impoverished Chinese peasants who are taken advantage of by greedy merchants and government officials. With Yu Rong Guang, Donnie Yen, Tsang Sze-Man, Jean Wang and James Wong. In Cantonese with English subtitles. [1:29]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and several women are in bed together, tumbling around and laughing; sex is implied, but nothing is shown. We hear that a man has nine wives. A man in a blindfold chases another man's nine wives around a room and they giggle and flirt with him. Three men kick down a door and begin touching and groping a woman. A man touches a woman's face suggestively and makes a remark that she would be a good addition to his brothel. There are several discussions of brothels and discussions of sexual activity in a clinical context. A man is shown in a bath being bathed by several women (he kisses them and moans a bit), he stands up and we see him nude to below the belly button but he quickly covers his private parts with his hands and then wraps himself in a sheet. A man is shown bare-chested while his wounds are being treated. A boy is shown in a bath (only his bare shoulders are visible). A monkey flashes his buttocks at a group of men and they remark about it. A martial-arts move is called "virgin bride" and "ugly virgin."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman fights several men with swords, she throws a bowl which hits a man in the face, kicks and punches them repeatedly and slashes a man's throat; we only briefly see a red line across his neck. A woman is hit in the eye with something resembling a marble; the marble thing becomes embedded in her eye socket and blood streams down her face and drips onto her hand while she continues to fight. A red-hot brand is kicked across a room and it lands on a man's back; we see a burned bit of flesh. A woman slashes a man with a pair of scissors in a dream sequence. An army fires guns at a man who responds by throwing smoke bombs, spikes and marbles at them; the spikes get stuck in men's feet and we hear them yelling in pain and see some bloody feet. A boy is shown hanging by the arms from the ceiling as he is being thrashed (he has some bloody spots on his shirt). A man gets 30 lashes with a bamboo stick. A boy is nearly branded, and he is tossed in a dungeon prison where he becomes very ill (we see him sweating from a fever and he appears unconscious). A man fights large groups of adversaries in several scenes; the bad guys are usually armed with swords, arrows, knives, and spears and the hero usually only uses kicking, punching and other martial-arts techniques to eliminate them. A woman fights a man using a sword as a weapon, a chain is wrapped around the sword twisting it and the woman's hand is shown covered with blood. A woman is kicked and punched repeatedly by a group of men; she has blood coming out of her mouth and is falling unconscious when one man tears her shirt open. Three men fight while perched on poles over a fire, they each catch on fire and jump around to put out the flames; one falls into the fire and we see a pile of his clothing burning and hear him moaning. A man is shown wounded and he bleeds from the mouth; it is said that he was poisoned, acupuncture needles are poked into his back and blood oozes out. A woman is used as a shield during a fight and she ends up with several spikes embedded in her chest. Two men fight another man who has really long sleeves which act as weapons. A boy fights a group of men and a woman using a bamboo stick, kicks and punches; the woman sends him flying with a kick, hits him on the head and he passes out. A boy fights a large group of men using an umbrella, hot buns, and hot water to defend himself; men fly into tables and wooden carts splintering them. A boy is chased by a man; the man falls through a tarp and is hit in the face with a stone. A man fights a large group of men using an umbrella as a weapon; the men are tossed around flying into tables and other wooden props that splinter. A man fights four people using rapid-fire kicks and punches which send them flying through the air and splintering many wooden props (one man has a bloody nose). A group of soldiers fires arrows at a man who is running across rooftops; a bird is hit by many arrows and falls to the ground covered with blood. Two men fight on a rooftop; they fall and kick each other all the way to the ground. Two men fight on a rooftop with lots of kicking, punching, spinning and nearly falling off the roof. Cement blocks are thrown at a man during a fight and he falls to the ground. A man is hit in the chest by a flying object, and a man is thrown through a wall. Many people are rounded up and are knocked, shoved and threatened with swords held to their throats. A boy grabs onto his father's leg; his father tosses him across the room and hits him on the head. An unconscious woman in a bag is carried over a man's shoulder and tossed to the ground. There are discussions and threats of torturing a man. A man punches a man in the chest, a man slaps his son on the head in several scenes, a man shaves one eyebrow off a man during a fight, a boy shoots a stone from a sling shot and hits a man, a man slaps a man in frustration, and a man shows off some martial-arts moves and ends up hurting his shoulder. A group of soldiers climbs ladders to a roof, but the ladders are tipped over and they crash to the ground. A man grabs a large, burning medicinal "cigarette" and burns his hand. A man is trapped in a net, cuts his way out and leaps up crashing through the ceiling and landing on the roof. A wooden structure crumbles after planks are kicked and punched out. There are a couple of people who have large burn scars on their faces and one who has scars on his cheek. A woman has a dream of her baby having died during child birth. A man bites into a dead rat and yells in disgust.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 2 scatological terms, 2 sexual references, 3 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Bribery, greed, refugees, brothels, monks, polygamy, the death of a father.

MESSAGE - Sometimes, during corrupt times, one has to take law and justice into one's hands.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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