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Iron Monkey (1993)

NOTE: This commentary track is only available on the Platinum Edition of the Hong Kong Legends DVD released in region 2.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan and actor Donnie Yen Rating:9.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
One of the things you realize listening to this thing is that these two guys are old buddies. Many times they say things to prove this. As such, it’s a lot of fun to listen to this track. It’s very laid back and informative. Mr. Logan keeps talking to no end; many times he asks a question, which Mr. Yen answers in 3 ½ words, and then Mr. Logan talks at length about the answer. In fact, Mr. Logan seems to know more about the production than Donnie Yen. I suppose there’re just so many things to say about the movie that they really want to say too much. Although, many times through this movie they don’t talk about the movie. Mr. Logan mentions he’s working on a big-budget remake of ‘Fist of Fury’. They talk a lot about working in the Hong Kong film system. Mr. Yen does give out some nice bits of information. The budget, he recalls, is about 2 to $2.5 million US. The restoration by Miramax, he says, was around $2 mil. That’s another fun thing about Hong Kong Legends – they’re outside of Miramax’s jurisdiction. They do say they’re disappointed by Miramax’s cuts. Well, Mr. Logan says that, Mr. Yen seems to think it was a good idea because it kept the pace of the movie going. They talk a lot and even if the movie is only an hour and a half, they mention many interesting things and give out enough information for a much longer movie. I really enjoyed this track.
Reviewed by grimjack on September 3rd, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
Donnie Yen cannot keep up with Bey Logan, but Bey keeps trying to pull him in. Donnie seems rather relaxed, answers questions but does not offer too much on his own.

The usual stuff on a martial arts commentary is here, with both pointing out the rare moment that were not real, like shot on a platform rather than bamboo poles, and when someone had to double for an extra. But a lot of times emphasized, that what we see was really done, and often just in one take.

They do bring up the stuff that Quentin Tarantino loved and why this was a recent favorite he championed to be shown in the US. And how this film was a return to the type of fighting from the 80s, which I did not know seeing it in theaters when re-released in America.

If you find the commentary best of moments on youtube, you will see the two of them in the studio sitting together talking as the film plays in another window. And in the last few minutes, Bey asks Donnie to throw some punches, and it is uncomfortably fast!