The Iron-Fisted Monk

The Iron-Fisted Monk

UK DVD cover
Directed by Sammo Hung
Produced by Raymond Chow
Written by
Music by Chen Hsun Chi
Cinematography Lee Yao-ting
Edited by Chang Yao Chung
Release dates
  • 25 August 1977 (1977-08-25)
Running time
93 min
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK $2.3 million[1]

The Iron-Fisted Monk (Chinese: 三德和尚与舂米六) is a 1977 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Sammo Hung in his directorial debut, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Chan Sing and James Tien. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 25 August 1977.


Husker, is sent to the Shaolin Temple by the Iron Fisted Monk (Chen Sing), after he saves 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 his master and forced to take the four tests. Whilst this is happening, Fung Hark-On is indulging 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 of the workers (Lam Ching Ying, Eric Tsang, Mars et al.) from the dye factory, rape of Liang's wife and the murder of his mother. When Liang eventually dies from his wounds, both Husker and the Iron Fisted Monk swear vengeance on the Manchus and it is delivered.



The film grossed HK $2,283,594.40 during its 15-week theatrical run.[1] It was released on DVD on 29 October 2001 in the UK[2] and 7 September 2004 in the US.[3]


Almar Haflidason of BBC Online rated it 4/5 stars and recommended it to Sammo Hung fans.[2] J. Doyle Wallis of DVD Talk rated it 3.5/5 stars and wrote, "Iron-Fisted Monk moves briskly with some solid fights and a decent story".[3] David Johnson of DVD Verdict wrote, "A lackadaisical start gives way to a relentless hand-to-hand spectacle of zaniness".[4]

See also


  1. 1 2 "The Iron Fisted Monk (1977)". Hong Kong Movie Database. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  2. 1 2 Haflidason, Almar. "Iron Fisted Monk DVD (1977)". BBC Online. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  3. 1 2 Wallis, J. Doyle (2004-09-20). "The Iron-Fisted Monk". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  4. Johnson, David (2004-10-14). "The Iron-Fisted Monk". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
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