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Iron Monkey: The Master of All Kung Fu Movies

Iron Monkey: The Master of All Kung Fu Movies (photo)

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There are a lot of kung fu movies in the world, but there’s only one Iron Monkey. It is the quintessential action film with the requisite weak storyline (plot? what plot?) but the old-school fights make the movie mesmerizing.

When his son is kidnapped, Wong Kei Ying (Donnie Yen) is forced to come out of ass-kicking retirement to work for the kidnapper. He is a master of the Hung Gar style of boxing and the kidnapper (who is also a corrupt politician) needs his serious skills to fend off a Robin Hood style thief known as Iron Monkey. See what we mean about the plot?

Luckily the fight scenes more than make up for any lapses in story. Iron Monkey is directed by Yuen Wo Ping, who went on to become the masterful martial arts choreographer behind The Matrix (1999) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Even more impressive is that the fights were all done with no digital enhancement. Instead, the dazzlingly choreographed fight scenes were done with high-wire acrobatics. The action scenes harken back to the classic kung fu movies, including those by Yuen Wo Ping’s father, who served as action choreographer on a series of popular, long-running films centered around the Wong Fei Hung character in the 1950s.

If you are at all interested in kung fu films, you will love Iron Monkey. Watch the trailer below and prepare to be impressed:

Iron Monkey airs on IFC at 4:45 PM and Friday, Aug. 27 at 8:30 AM and at 5:00 PM EDT

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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