Iron and Silk

Iron and Silk

Director: Shirley Sun Cast: Mark Salzman, Pan Qingfu, Jeanette Lin Tsui


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Shirley Sun directed this charming martial arts movie based on Mark Salzman's book on his experiences teaching in China. Salzman plays a thinly disguised version of himself as Mark Franklin, a Western kung fu film-fanatic who travels to China to find spiritual enlightenment. Mark graduates from college as a Chinese culture major and gets a job teaching English at a small college in Hangzhou. His students are a group going by the name of "The Middle-Aged English Teachers." The Chinese government has informed them that they are to forget the Russian they have learned and to concentrate on learning English instead. Political undercurrents jeopardize his burgeoning romance with Dr. Ming (Vivian Wu) and a martial arts instructor, Teacher Pan Qingfu. The film also depicts the martial art of tai chi -- that Mark learns from tutor Hei (Jeanette Lin Tsui). Teacher Hei also instructs Mark on refining his Chinese manners. Mark eagerly accepts the teachings and learns to apply the Eastern ways to his Western sensibilities.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2005
UPC: 0012236169420
Original Release: 1991
Rating: PG
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen version; 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround; English closed captioned; Scene index

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Salzman Teacher Mark Franklin
Pan Qingfu Teacher Pan
Jeanette Lin Tsui Teacher Hei
Vivian Wu Ming
Sun Xudong Sinbad
Zheng Guo Mr. Song
Zhuang Genyua Teacher Xu
Zhejiang Hundred Flowers Local Opera Opera Troupe
To Funglin Old Sheep
Dong Hangcheng Teacher Cai
Jiang Xihong Teacher Zhang
Yang Xiru Dr. Wang
Xiao Ying April
Hu Yun Fatty Du
Lu Zhiquan Teacher Li

Technical Credits
Shirley Sun Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mei Kwong Franklin Producer
Michael Gibbs Score Composer
James Hayman Cinematographer
James Y. Kwei Editor
Geraldine Peroni Editor
Mark Salzman Screenwriter
Calvin Tsao Production Designer
Boryana Varbanov Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Iron and Silk [4:57]
2. "Call Me Mark" [3:54]
3. The Iron Fist [4:27]
4. The Chinese Way [3:14]
5. Ming [2:44]
6. Hei's Advice [1:25]
7. Persistence [5:46]
8. Sunday [1:22]
9. My Happiest Moment [3:58]
10. Finding Balance [3:26]
11. Please Teacher [1:05]
12. Sinbad [5:17]
13. Too Young to Know [1:14]
14. Different Worlds [5:05]
15. Teacher to Student [3:27]
16. Eating Bitter [4:21]
17. Foreign Devil [3:05]
18. Past Tense [4:40]
19. Chinese Solution [5:43]
20. Pan and Tai Chi [5:52]
21. Jingle Bells [5:06]
22. Farewell [2:26]
23. Final Test [2:39]
24. Tasting Sweet [2:54]
25. Epilogue [3:30]

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