Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Sammo Hung in The Iron-Fisted Monk (1977) (Full movie)

The Iron-Fisted Monk (Chinese: 三德和尚与舂米六)

In celebration of Sammo Hung's 62nd birthday, I posting his directorial debut in celebration.

Sammo plays Husker, who was sent to the Shaolin Temple by the Iron Fisted Monk (Chen Sing), after he saved Sammo from a beating by the Manchu's. After being trained by his master James Tien he runs away from the temple, only to be confronted by Tien and forced to take the four tests. Whilst this is happening Fung Hark-On in divulging in his passion for raping women, and is virtually above the law as he is a powerful Manchu officer. He begins by raping Liang's (Chu Ching) sister, who then commits suicide and makes Liang a very angry man. Liang takes his revenge by killing one of those pesky Manchus but everyone thinks Sammo is responsible.

Both Liang and Husker go to meet the Iron Fisted Monk who convinces Sammo to teach all the workers at the dye factory Kung Fu, so they can defend themselves against the Manchus. The final act involves the Manchus butchering the workers (Lam Ching Ying, Eric Tsang, Mars et al) from the dye factory and rape of Liang's wife and his mother's murder. When Liang eventually dies from his wounds, both Husker and the Iron Fisted Monk swear vengeance on the Manchus and it is delivered.


Uncut, in Cantonese with English subtitles

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NOTE:  Posted 1/10/14 and backdated to Sammo Hung's birthdate of Jan 7.



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