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Like Father, like Son: Yuen Wo-ping's Iron Monkey and the Evolution of Wong Fei-hung

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The most enduring figure in the cinematic history of Hong Kong martial arts has been folk hero Wong Fei-hung, now regarded at the level of symbol and myth The real WongFei-hung was born in 1847 in Xiqiao village, Nanhai county, in Guangdong province (Canton), and he died in 1924 at the age of 77. He became a famous and respected martial artist in Southern China and also one of the province's best lion dancers, earning him the name "the king of the lions." A disciple cf the hung gar school of Shaolin martial arts, he was an expert in iron wire fist, five forms fist, tiger vanishing fist and shadowless kick as well as highly skilled at using the long staff.
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Keywords: Iron Monkey; Wong Fei-hung; Yuen Wo-ping; film; martial arts; myth

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Seminole Community College

Publication date: 2001-09-01

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