Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino presents The Man with the Iron Fists, directed and written by RZA (Hip-Hop icon, Grammy Award-winner and leader of the Wu-Tang Clan), is about to head into theaters on November 2. RZA partnered up with horror filmmaker Eli Roth (Grindhouse, Hostel) to write this movie and prepare to bring it to theaters through the power of Tarantino.
Tarantino, who is recognized by his fans worldwide, also brought several other films to audiences and maintains a huge following. Movies such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs and more all came to the big screen under the direction of Tarantino. With recognizable style, he spearheads this project of RZA’s and prepares to capture the attention of the lovers of his films once again. (Click the “Read More” option below to continue)
Usually, I either enjoy his movies or don’t. It’s one or the other with me. While I very much enjoy Kill Bill, I find very little to enjoy in the cult-classic Pulp Fiction. (Sorry guys, I just don’t like it.) So I am more than intrigued by the fact that I find myself interested and anxiously awaiting The Man with the Iron Fists!
See what RZA has to say about his directorial debut, the upcoming collaboration with Tarantino, The Man with the Iron Fists:
What is The Man with the Iron Fists about? Here is the plot summary according to ComingSoon.Net:
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.
Have you seen the trailer yet?
It looks to be full of all the things I enjoyed about Kill Bill: great action, stylistic fighting, some back story, Lucy Liu, and a great soundtrack. I looked up the “wiki” page for the movie, and here’s what it had to say about the musical mix:
The film features music from a variety of artists including The Black Keys, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, My Chemical Romance, John Frusciante and Chinese singer Sally Yeh. RZA also developed new tracks based on excerpts from Wu-Tang Clan master tracks provided by Sony Music, and songs from artists including William Bell, Isaac Hayes and Mable John provided by Stax Records. Composer Howard Drossin provides original musical cues for the film.
RZA had not initially set out to score the film. He inserted temporary tracks of songs he wanted to use. After watching the temporary-track cut of the film, it was decided that the music was not suitable, and it was instead suggested that RZA provide the music. RZA sought Tarantino’s help with the score after having previously aided Tarantino in scoring Kill Bill, but Tarantino also suggested RZA entirely produce the score. RZA, aided by Drossin, then developed and finalized the score. They then moved on to developing the film soundtrack. The official soundtrack is scheduled for release on October 23, 2012 and will feature 15 songs from the film including several original songs by Kanye West, the Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Pusha T, Raekwon, and collaborations by RZA with The Black Keys and Flatbush Zombies. Continuing the character Jack Knife’s influence by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, his theme tune features a jaw harp cue reminiscent of the artist’s song “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.”
It seems that the people involved in this project are pretty passionate about it. Speaking of the people, the cast of characters/actors is one of the main reasons I am also looking forward to checking it out. I don’t recall ever seeing Russell Crowe in a movie with Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung and others. This is going to be fun. Check out the cast:
- Cung Le as Bronze Lion. Le, a martial artist and actor, also starred in films such as Tekken, Pandorum and Dragon Eyes.
Bronze Lion Character Trailer:
- Lucy Liu as Madame Blossom. Liu, who often plays commanding characters, also starred in films such as Kill Bill, Charlie’s Angels and even had a part in Jerry Maguire.
Madame Blossom Character Trailer:
- Dave Bautista as Brass Body. Bautista, a WWE wrestler and heavyweight champion, also starred in films such as Scorpion King 3 and will be in the upcoming sequel to Chronicles of Riddick.
Brass Body Character Trailer:
- Russell Crowe as Jack Knife. Crowe, an Academy Award winner, also starred in films such as Gladiator, Robin Hood and Cinderella Man.
Jack Knife Character Trailer:
- Additional cast: RZA as The Blacksmith, Byron Mann as Silver Lion, Rick Yune as X-Blade and Jaime Chung as Lady Silk.
RZA has been working on pushing this project of his to production since around 2005. I find that I remain interested in seeing this high action film. I’m sure it will have some eye-popping entertainment to be sure.
The Man with the Iron Fists punches its way into a theater near you on November 2, 2012. For those interested, there is an animated short for The Man with the Iron Fists that gives a prequel-ish look at the story leading into the film. You can check out the 3 minute R-rated clip entitled “Encounter” HERE.
Tell me, are you interested in seeing RZA’s directorial debut? Leave a comment.
Thanks for reading. Happy watching.
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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