Kung Fu Mayhem Explodes in Red Band Trailer for The Man with the Iron Fists

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The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) Movie PosterI 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.

Get more images and videos in our “The Man with the Iron Fists” preview page.

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.

Dave Bautista and RZA in The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) Movie Image

Russell Crowe in The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) Movie Image

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  • X_p

    im stoked on this. even as a pop corn movie it seems to be headed in the right direction.
    sidenote: im also pumped about gza’s outer space album with NDT. thats gonna be hype!

  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    That looks pretty damn rad.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Todd

    Nice. Can’t wait for this.

  • Danmillion99

    The usual fan boy crap from unimaginative minds that can only copy what they love rather than create something original. No brainer rubbish like this needs to be binned. Tarantino is still guilty for shitting all over Bruce Lee’s movie “The Game Of Death” with his awful fan boy movie Kill Bill, which completely missed the point and symbolic meaning of the yellow & black stripped suit, which Tarantino only used for pure superficial look rather than meaning. I have no respect for the guy at all for doing that. All his movies are the same, crap.

    • Danmillion99sucksass

      You’re a fag. Yes we all know Tarantino stole idea from other films, yet no one really gives a fuck. We are all still hyped to go see his movies. Inglorious Bastards, you mean to tell me you weren’t excited to see that. Or how about Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and his new film Django Unchained? Yea why don’t you shut the fuck up next time oh and this is written by RZA from WU TANG. This dude puts out fire. So next time think before blowing up the comments page with negative feedback

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      First of all there are very few, if any truly original ideas anymore. Just about everything can be traced back to some other work, or was influenced by another work. That being said, Q comes up with some very original stuff. Sure he’s wholeheartedly and admittedly drawing from the works he loves but he weaves his own unique stories that pay homage to the works that inspried them. Sure The track suit meant one thing in “Game of Death” but for Q to try and make an homage it’s not so much about the meaning as the aesthitc quailty of it. The visual automatically draws the image of “Game of Death” to mind, that was his whole point. No more no less. Just like the Pai Mei scene with Shaw Bros legend Gordon Liu was an homage to old school kung-fu flicks, Volume 1 itself was an ode to all asian cinema as gleaned through the eyes of Americans back in the day, and Volume 2 was pretty much a western revenge tales, but with swords. I can’t wait to see this, just like I can’t wait to see Django Unchained!

  • Lexavi80

    It looks like a bad imitation of Crutching Tiger + Kill Bill + Mortal Kombat. Looks really stupid… and I’ll be watching it.

  • venom_aa

    I guess this will be the closest to a live action Samurai Champloo, and i like it.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Or Afro Samurai for that matter!! Or Ninja Scroll! Let’s face it this is the closest the US is going to come to doing a live action version of an anime well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    This has definite promise, I’m excited. I’ve been following the RZA’s cinematic pursuits ever since GHOST DOG and after his several collaborations with Tarantino especially, it’s awesome to see him kind of emerge as a protege of him in sorts. IRON FISTS actually looks like a movie Quentin himself could have made (he talked about doing a kung fu film set in feudal China all in Mandarin) but from the trailer, I’m liking what the RZA is doing with the material. This is definitely going to be unfathomably awesome.

    Oh, and tell me Batista wasn’t the most badass thing in the ENTIRE trailer……?

  • TheStrongestThereIs.com

    I am pumped for this movie, but the only thing that kinda made me frown was the absense of old school kung fu sound fx and choreography. I thought for sure that this was going to be along the lines of the deleted scene from kill bill 2. That’s my fault though for assuming. I’m still going to see this.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I would’ve loved that! But it still looks freaking cool though!

  • TheStrongestThereIs.com

    absence* jesus christ what’s wrong with me today.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Wow, how did i miss this post? love the flying eyeball!