New Animated Prequel Short and Character Spot for the Man with the Iron Fists


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

Still can’t get enough of “The Man with the Iron Fists”? Good. Here is a new character spot, but unlike previous spots that focused on other characters not named The Blacksmith (aka writer/director/star RZA’s character from the film), this spot actually focuses on him, so it might be the last one. From the looks of it, the Blacksmith and Russell Crowe’s Jack Knife eventually team up. Interesting. Also, a 3-minute animated short provides a little background on The Blacksmith’s character and his ongoing struggles against Brass Body (played by Dave Bautista).

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.

“The Man with the Iron Fists”, also starring Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Pam Grier, Cung Le, Osric Chau, Daniel Wu, Chia Hui Liu, Rick Yune, Zhu Zhu, and Byron Mann, battles for supremacy November 2, 2012.

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  • Dedpool

    Okay i was already psyched for this but that was really pretty cool. And I see Rza is using his Afro Samruai contacts. Eric Calderon was one of the producers on bot Afro Samurai projects and had a huge hand in bringing it to the screen. I hope they put this on the disc when it’s released. The Kung Fu samples at the end and the beginning of “Shame on a N—-” brought me back!!!! I’m going to go watch the Afros now!!! And I still need to get the soundtrack.

  • Tin Hoang

    RZA looks a little soft though compared to everyone else. He doesn’t have the hard muscles of a blacksmith or a slave for that matter.

    • Dedpool

      Agreed, his fighting skill is also something I’m worried about…still looking forward to this though.

      That said as good shape as Jamie Fox has been in before, he’s not ripped or anything for Django so I can let RZA slide

  • Sketchalexander

    I still can’t wait to see this movie, I just wish afro samrurai will be made into a live action movie really soon. I really love anime and there is a great need for anime turned live action movies.

    To Tin Hoang
    You are right but lets just hope that won’t take to much away from the movie, I think Rza will do great in the movie plus i don’t think he will be shirtless to much in the movie.

    To Dedpool
    The Rza has studied martial arts for a while so I hope it will transfer to the big screen

    • Tin Hoang

      Anime to live action movies so far have all been failures in hollywood. It’s been done well coming out of Japan, think Azumi. It will take someone like the Wachowski’s to give it a good go. But even then, it’s dicey. Look at what they did with Speed Racer. The Way of the Warrior was a very good attempt, even though had huge shortcomings, but stylistically, it worked.

      Afro Samurai into a live action would be epic, but it will fail because in order to get it made, they will use Will Smith.

      This movie is on my short list of must watch for 2012. Actually, it’s my only must watch now that “the Grandmasters” is delayed until 2013.

  • Sketchalexander

    To Tin Hoang

    Movies that go from anime to live action movies are still fairly new to hollywood. I do agree that there have been a couple of bad ones but that does not mean fans of anime or hollywood in general should give up on making those types of movies. I do agree with you on most of the things you said but think about how bad comic book movies were when they first came out back in the 80’s and now take a look at the all the good comic book movies that are out now. And don’t you want to see a live action ghost in the shell, ninja scroll and vampire hunter d, if they are down right?

    I loved Azumi but Azumi 2 was just ok too me even though it was influenced by “ninja scroll”. But samuel Jackson has already said he wants to do a live action Afro samurai movie, hollywood has a big problem with “whitewashing” material from other culture’s. (Akira movie)

    Also Will Smith is a great actor and director who is know to love anime and comic books, he is one of the few people in hollywood that tries to put out quality movies for his fans and fans of the source material.

    • Dedpool

      Best examples of anime-to live action are “Shinobi: Heart Under Blade,” The “Death Note” films, The “Gantz” films, and Ruroni Kenshin!

      WIll Smith is a good actor but Afro Samurai he is not!!!

      I can See Sam in the Ninja Ninja part but not Afro as he’s kinda old! He’d be great as Afro’s Dad too! Michael Jai White would work as Afro though!