First Image From RZA’s Kung Fu Movie ‘Man with the Iron Fists’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

The Man with the Iron Fists is Wu-Tang Clan co-founder RZA’s feature-length debut as a director, and has been described as a hybrid of “Kung Fu with a Spaghetti Western mindset and a hip-hop influence.”

RZA’s project is essentially the musician/producer/author/actor/filmmaker’s love-letter to English-dubbed, martial arts film imported from Hong Kong, dating back to the early 1970s. Quentin Tarantino has already gone on record about how integral RZA’s vast knowledge of the Kung Fu genre was to informing his Kill Bill movie saga (which RZA helped develop, in addition to composing music for).

Man with the Iron Fists stars RZA as the titular character, a blacksmith who arms the members of a village in feudal China against enemy invaders. The screenplay was co-penned by RZA and Eli Roth (Hostel), which has long been interpreted as assurance that Man with the Iron Fists will feature plenty of blood-splatter martial arts violence. RZA’s flick should also boast some impressive fight choreography – being handled by Jet Li’s frequent collaborator, Corey Yuen (the action coordinator on Iron Fists) – and cinematography, courtesy of Chi Ying Chan, a 15-year veteran of the martial arts genre, with films like Tokyo Raiders and DOA: Dead or Alive under his belt.

For proof: check out the first, literally eye-popping, image of RZA from The Man with the Iron Fists (unveiled on his Twitter account):


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This gory screenshot from Man with the Iron Fists serves as an appetizer for the main course, in the form of a trailer (due to premiere online later this week). Such early footage is also expected to showcase some of the film’s supporting players in action – including Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, Lucy Lui (Elementary), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier, and professional wrestler Dave Bautista. Be sure to keep an eye on the Screen Rant main page for that trailer.

The Man with the Iron Fists is currently without an official U.S. theatrical date – though, there have been rumors about a December 21st release, where it would face-off against Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the situation.

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  1. i guess you could say… *puts on sunglasses* he didnt see that coming.

    • 😀

  2. I have been waiting a long time for this movie. RZA, All Star cast, Eye busting punches… bring on the trailer.

  3. daamn, that’s one eye popping first image

  4. The cast is amazing, I mean it’s got RZA, Russell Crowe, Dave Bastia, Cung Le, Rick Yune and Dennis Chan (Xian Chow from Kickboxer.

    Plus the fight choreography is being done by Corey Yen and it is R rated movie, I’m in.

  5. LOL that looks great, looking forward to this for the over the top violence and action

  6. I thought his name was Corey Yuen.

    Anyways, I mostly dig his fight choreography. When his actors are grounded and exchanging blows he does some awesome work but sometimes I think he gets too “floaty” with his wirework at times. Either way I’m catching this one.

    • My apologies, it is Corey Yuen.

      That’s been corrected.

  7. Im all about this.

    Anybody have any newson the live action Afro Samauri?

    • Live Afro Samurai?? Well it’s news to me. Surely they won’t be using Samuel L Jackson, at least not for the main role (although he’s in great shape for his age)?

      • their was rumors long time ago they was thinking about a Afro Samurai movie. SLJ was not going to be the lead but the sidekick character NInja Nija. SLJ would of liked Andre 3000 as the lead if i remember

        • 3000 as lead would have been cool. Hope it gets made, somehow, someway.

  8. No offense but how does a black guy end up being the blacksmith for a small Chinese village? I’m all for the silliness that is spaghetti Kung-Fu but come on.

    • There were many blacks in china during various dynasty…some as early as the shang…also during the opium wars there were blacks along side the europeans,some as slaves some as soiders and navigators. Also Buddha was Negroid according to historical facts and the founder of chan was a south indian monk named Bodhidharma who descended from an african tribe…I’m sure this film will have no historical context but a guy like Rza seems to be more asian than some of my asian friends when it come to their culture and films so I’m sure this movie will be cool

      • You took that way too literally. When I said “black guy” I was talking about someone that looks (and acts) like a rapper off the streets of Brooklyn (which just so happens to be RZA’s background), not an African who managed to immigrate to China.

        • Wow. Do you really think he is gonna wear his street clothes in the film and act like a rapper? He will be in character — a black blacksmith who lives in Japan. Did you completely ignore the image? You should really stop talking. lol.

          • ahem, Japan? and did you happen to not see the trailer? He doesn’t exactly talk with an African accent and the soundtrack is a RAP of all things. The article even says, “Kung Fu with a Spaghetti Western mindset and a hip-hop influence.”

            That’s not to say it still won’t be a fun movie and will be generally fine (I like Tarentino’s work), only the concept seems a bit far fetched to ME, even for this type of movie. Am I not allowed to have an opinion?

            So I’m gonna continue to post, thanks 😉

            • this movie is going to be like Afro Samurai. thats a great thing

        • u letting yourself down. The Rza is not going to act like a rapper in the movie he is going to play a character.

          also how can u say Martial Monk took it way too literally. When you said “black guy” first not rapper.

          have u seen Afro Samurai just say this movie is like the animated series.

    • Dude. It works, no need to look too much into it.

    • racist

      • really, racist? How exactly am I being racist?

    • ” I’m all for the silliness that is spaghetti Kung-Fu but come on.”

      Lol that statement contradicts itself

      • Possibly but even a spaghetti Kung-Fu movie needs to have a little bit of continuity to it. For instance would you want the bad guy to pull out say a high-tech blaster pistol straight out of Star Wars and start shooting people now would you? According to your statement that would be ok but yet it wouldn’t make sense, even in the midst of this movie’s “silliness”.

        • Well A) silliness and spaghetti dont go hand in hand. Spaghetti refers to the low budget style of shooting a film Sergio Leon popurlized. They can be silly like Rodriguez’s El Marachi or serious like a Fist Full of Dollars.

          b) Yes, you could pull out a high tech laser. If thats the tone the film sets but it looks like its going for a neo-tokyo Samaurai Champloo vibe.

          • It’s actually a period piece set in feudal China. So yes, a blaster pistol would feel out of place as does a black guy from Brooklyn (at least for me I guess). Doesn’t mean it still won’t be entertaining. 😉