I will admit, I was a little skeptical that “The Man with the Iron Fists” was actually, you know, for real. For the longest time, I thought it was just some kind of joke on the part of the Wu Tang’s RZA, who, despite his well-known love of all things kung fu, let’s face it, dude hasn’t exactly done anything in the realm of movie making that would lead you to believe he was really, truly serious about not just writing, but directing and starring in a kung fu movie. And a serious one, at that? Not a campy, “Oh look, it’s a black guy from the ghetto in rural China and no one notices!” sort of way? Apparently, though honestly, there’s not enough here on RZA’s character to really judge. It’s mostly a lot of other people looking badass.
Or in the case of Russell Crowe, looking, er, bearded. No worries, though, action junkies; the film features action choreography by Corey Yuen, a notable action director in his own right with a slew of hits to his credit. So if nothing else, the action in this should rock.
The film stars RZA, playing a blacksmith who makes weapons for a small village, when he’s forced to put his skills to work in order to save said village from bad guys. One of those bad guys, it appears, is a devilish Lucy Liu, once again vipering it up on the big screen. Who does evil Asian Queen Bitch better than Lucy Liu? Answer: Not a whole lotta people.
“Iron Fists” also stars Jamie Chung, Pam Grier, Dave Bautista, Cung Le, Osric Chau, Daniel Wu, Chia Hui Liu, Rick Yune, Zhu Zhu, and Byron Mann.
No word on a release date yet, but late 2012 is a possibility.
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Update: Universal Pictures has sent over a full synopsis and new images from the movie.
Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA—alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.
Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.
Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.
Still no official release date, though.