Screenplay, Hark, Tang Pik-yin, Cheung Tan, Lau Tai-muk. Camera (color), Arthur Wong; editor, Mak Chi-sin; martial arts directors, Yuen Woo-ping, Yuen Cheung-yan; associate producer, Raymond Lee. Reviewed at Hoover Cinema 2, Sydney , Dec. 28, 1993. Running time: 87 MIN.
With: Yu Wing-kwong, Donnie Yen, Wong Tsing-ying, Yam Sai-kun.
This is a spirited but basically familiar martial arts effort that seems to have been inspired by Robin Hood and Zorro pix. It’s efficiently made but lacks the originality needed for exposure outside the world’s Chinatown circuits.
A corrupt official near the end of the Ching Dynasty period is being harassed by “The Iron Monkey,” a masked avenger who steals from the rich and gives to the poor.
The official employs Wong, a stranger who agrees to trap the Monkey in return for a reward, but when Wong discovers the Monkey’s identity and realizes he’s a good guy, the two team up to clobber the real bad guys.
The plot’s just an excuse for almost non-stop chopsocky action, all of it fairly routine. The climactic battle during a fierce fire is the extremely effective action highlight.
Tech credits are par for the course, and the English subtitles are as dire as usual.