RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2023
Arrow Video will be releasing the Blu-ray (Region B) for The Iron-Fisted Monk on October 24, 2023. The film, directed by and starring Sammo Hung (known for Eastern Condors and Knockabout), is a martial arts movie released in 1977.
the way for a new era of Hong Kong action cinema.
After Bruce Lee’s death, Sammo Hung continued to keep the spirit of Hong Kong action cinema alive by choreographing many films. These films were often directed by Huang Feng. However, in 1977, Hung had the opportunity to direct on his own, with Huang Feng as his co-writer. This marked the beginning of a new era in Hong Kong action cinema. the way for The Iron-Fisted Monk!
The protagonist of this story is Rice Miller Luk, also known as Hung. He leads a simple life and prefers to stay out of trouble. However, everything changes when a group of Manchu Bannermen invade their town and kill his uncle. A Shaolin monk named San De, who easily defeats the intruders, offers to train Luk in martial arts at the Shaolin Temple. Luk, who is impatient and eager to seek revenge, leaves his training prematurely and returns to his town. There, he witnesses the brutal rule of the Manchu organization, led by a corrupt official named Fung Hak-An. This official has a reputation for taking whatever he wants, including people. Will Luk’s incomplete training from the Shaolin Temple and the skills learned from San De be enough to defeat the Manchus and end their reign of terror over their people?
Before the release of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, which also tells the tale of San De and Miller Luk, The Iron-Fisted Monk came out a year earlier and gained notoriety for being rated Category III in Hong Kong, equivalent to an NC-17 rating in America. This film, directed by one of the most renowned martial arts directors, leaves nothing censored and sets the stage for his future successes.
Fortune Star used original film elements to restore the film in 2k resolution.
The original uncensored version is presented in High Definition (1080p) on Blu-ray.
Lossless mono audio in Cantonese and Mandarin with the added option of a lossless English dub in mono.
There are two options for English dubbed audio: the first-ever US release of the original export dub in mono, and a newer 5.1 dub specifically made for international DVD presentations.
- Optional English subtitles
Reworded: Frank Djeng, an expert in martial arts cinema, provides audio commentary.
- Two archival interviews with Sammo Hung
- Archival interview with Casanova Wong
- Original theatrical trailer
The sleeve is reversible and displays both the original and newly created artwork by Gary Mills.
This poster has two sides and can be unfolded to reveal original and newly commissioned artwork created by Gary Mills.
The booklet for collectors includes original written content by Brandon Bentley.
Soon, this title will be sold at The Goodie Emporium, an American online shop that currently has a variety of Import Shaw Brothers/Golden Harvest/martial arts DVDs and Blu-rays in stock. New titles are consistently being added.