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The Man with the Iron Fists 

Gore, kitsch, cool hair

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The Man with the Iron Fists is a B-movie to its core—the lovechild of kung fu and grindhouse, with a smattering of Western flare. And it’s no wonder—directed and co-written by RZA (of The Wu-Tang Clan), produced by Eli Roth (Grindhouse), and presented by Quentin Tarantino himself, this movie reeks of violence, greed, sex and kitsch from a mile away. A thin plot serves only as an excuse for martial arts and splashy gore—gangs, British soldier Jack Knife (Russell Crowe) and blacksmith-turned hero (the man-with-the-iron-fists) who forges the weapons (RZA), plus a few dozen hookers and their madam (Lucy Liu). Not bad for a first kick at the can on RZA’s part, but even campy hair-dos and slain warriors and split screen shots get tiresome—slash fifteen or so minutes, and this movie would fulfill its desires.


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