The Man with the Iron Fists

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. -Molly Segal

Credits

Director:

  • RZA

Cast:

  • Russell Crowe
  • Lucy Liu
  • Jamie Chung
  • Dave Bautista
  • Pam Grier
  • RZA
  • Chia Hui Liu
  • Rick Yune
  • Cung Le

Writer:

  • Eli Roth

Producers:

  • Marc Abraham
  • Eric Newman
  • Eli Roth

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