Iron And Silk

Iron And Silk (1991)

As a student in America, he searched for ancient wisdom. As a teacher in China, he learned to find it within himself.

  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1991-02-15
  • User Rating: 5.9/10 from 8 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 32min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: TBS
  • Production Country: Japan, United States of America
  • Director: Shirley Sun
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Iron and Silk is a 1990 movie based on the eponymous book by American writer Mark Salzman. It details his journey to China after college to study Chinese wu shu, better known in the west as kung fu, and to teach English. Though not trained as an actor, Salzman starred as himself, as did Pan Qingfu, who claimed no one else could portray him on film. Salzman's experiences occurred in Changsha, Hunan, though the film was shot in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. (Wikipedia)

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  • Mark Salzman

    as Teacher Mark
  • Qingfu Pan

    as Pan Qingfu
  • Vivian Wu

    as Ming
  • Hangcheng Dong

    as Teacher Cai
  • Xihong Jiang

    as Teacher Zhang
Directing Shirley Sun Director
Writing Mark Salzman Writer
Writing Shirley Sun Writer
Production Shirley Sun Producer
Sound Michael Gibbs Original Music Composer
Camera James Hayman Director of Photography
Editing James Y. Kwei Editor
Editing Geraldine Peroni Editor
Art Calvin Tsao Production Design