- Feb 20, 2001
Does anyone know if the movie Iron Monkey will be dubbed or subtitled? If it's dubbed I think I will just buy the DVD, since it's available now. Thanks.
IRON MONKEY imagines the story of the young Wong Fei Hung, a kung fu master who would eventually grow up to become a legend in real life and in the history of Hong Kong cinema. The film uses a mixture of the traditional kung fu style known as Hung Gar and choreography I created to highlight the incredible martial arts skills of the cast.
When Miramax approached me with the idea of releasing IRON MONKEY, I saw it as an opportunity to present the film to a wider audience and to restore the sub-titled version to the level of visual and sound quality as it was originally intended for the motion picture screen.
The Miramax release of IRON MONKEY will give American audiences the chance to see this film in a newly restored print, with English sub-titles that better convey the sense of the original dialogue and music that expresses the many moods of the film.
I worked closely with Miramax during the restoration process, and I think fans will find that the few changes to the original are all for the better -- Some fight scenes have been tightened up just a bit, and only serve to make the story move with more precision and intensity.
I am very proud of this film, and hope all audiences will enjoy it -- whether they are watching it for the first time or choosing to experience it again on the big screen.
--Yuen Wo Ping
So it appears to be definitely Subbed and music redubbed. Also some minor cuts made to fight scenes and who knows what else. :/ This was done under the direct supervision of the director so take it as you will. Director's cut to America I guess. I'm glad I have my Media Asia DVD regardless. It may find a nice companion piece from Buena Vista, but judging by their previous track record with some of my favorite HK films, I chose not to hold my breath.
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