‘Man with the Iron Fists’ Animated Prequel: The Blacksmith Meets the Brass Body

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

 The Man with the Iron Fists - RZA’s colorful ode to martial arts, Kung Fu, and anime cinema – arrives next week. The film features people like Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu as cast members, Eli Roth (Hostel) as co-writer and producer, and boasts an official endorsement from Quentin Tarantino.

The rapper/actor/filmmaker teamed up with animation director Eric Calderon (co-producer of the Afro Samurai TV mini-series) on a three-minute prequel called The Encounter, which touches on the title character’s backstory (like how he ended up in Asia); not to mention, his first meeting with the indestructible ‘Brass Body’ (brought to life by ex-WWE star Dave Bautista).

Much like the actual film, the animated prequel short to Man with the Iron Fists is a collage of Chinese artistry, Kung Fu movie tropes, and hip-hop flavoring. RZA is not holding anything back, as far as creating an energetic genre homage in terms of pure style (both visual and audial). This has all the markings of a genuine passion project for him, and that enthusiasm should reflect itself in the final film, judging by the trailer(s) footage.

Here is an official synopsis for The Man with the Iron Fists

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.

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Man with the Iron Fists should have cult appeal more along the lines of Tarantino’s Kill Bill films, as opposed to the comparatively wider draw of Inglourious Basterds and the upcoming Django Unchained. However, RZA’s movie does not appear to use the same approach to genre remixing that Tarantino prefers; that is, there seems to be a different sort of modern sensibility to the storytelling, while the hip-hop aspects gain an increased sense of authenticity thanks to RZA’s background.

Will that help the film draw in something larger than a niche audience? Or is this one for hardcore movie geeks only? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Look for The Man with the Iron Fists in theaters on November 2nd, 2012.

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  1. Would it be too crazy to hope for an Afro Samurai cameo in this movie? I know a live action Afro Samurai movie was talked about a while back.

  2. I haven’t been this interested to see a film since Sucker Punch. I hope the resulting feelings are better.

  3. Dude, the passion behind this project is palpable. I’ll definitely be checkin this out for its style, concept, and story. RZA is literally just about the greatest Hip Hop producer of all time. I read the manga series “Vagabond” based on the life and times of Musashi Myamoto, and I always imagine a soundtrack by RZA playing behind the scenes of the story. Just like Afro samurai. This project will be pretty cool. Not a lot of people’s cup of tea I’m sure, but still might be pretty cool just in style and story.

  4. I have a feeling it’s going to be more of a hardcore cult movie… and I’m fine with that.

  5. Man,hope this turns out Awesome !
    Can’t wait for next week RZA is really Great for doing this Movie,man has a god taste!

  6. I will definatly check this out. I love the music RZA comes from and I love his style. I also love his commitment to a project. I really hope the end result is entertaining.

  7. I’m looking forward to see Rza’s old school kung fu anime style movie. The action looks good from the trailer, but it’ll most likely only appeal to those interested in this genre.

  8. With that cast and talent behind this nothing could go wrong! I expect a really funny ride.

  9. Saw it greatflix could have been arranged better