‘Man with the Iron Fists’ Red-Band Trailer: RZA’s Violent (and Stylish) Kung Fu Movie

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 31st, 2012 at 11:28 am,

Quentin Tarantino has made cinematic pastiche his bread-and-butter and that trend continues with this winter’s Django Unchained. Wu-Tang Clan head RZA – one of Tarantino’s collaborators on Kill Bill – will kick off his own filmmaking career with a similar homage flick, titled The Man with the Iron Fists. RZA’s movie spins a yarn about a martial arts warrior/blacksmith in feudal China (portrayed by the actor/musician), who must defend his village against dangerous invaders.

Earlier this week, RZA unveiled a screenshot teaser from the official trailer for Man with the Iron Fists. Today, we can offer the full, red-band (meaning: NSFW!!) theatrical preview, in all its violent (and stylish) glory.

… And violent and stylish, it certainly is. Tarantino’s name may be plastered all over the marketing material for Man with the Iron Fists, but this film looks and feels very much like RZA’s creation (or, The RZA, if you will). The musician-turned actor/filmmaker appears to have seamlessly fused the visual and character tropes from old-school Kung Fu cinema with contemporary hip-hop cultural aesthetics and music. Think of it as the next best thing to a live-action adaptation of Afro Samurai (and then some, perhaps).

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RZA sheds blood (and an eye) as 'The Man with the Iron Fists'

Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe appear to be nice fits for their respective roles in Man with the Iron Fists. The former comes off as a more openly conniving version of her character in Kill Bill, while Crowe can aptly handle the stoic-but-deadly warrior archetype at this point in his career (after Gladiator and Robin Hood). Curiously enough, though, we don’t get too much of a feel for RZA’s performance as the title character (in this trailer).

On that note: Man with the Iron Fists marks RZA’s feature-length directorial debut, which means he has something to prove; unfortunately, that also means he doesn’t have previous experience to draw from. For that reason, the final product will partly be determined by the quality of screenplay RZA has written for himself.

Check out the poster for Man with the Iron Fists (via RZA’s Twitter account):


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Worst case scenario: Man with the Iron Fists turns out to be a Kung Fu homage where the passion behind the venture is palpable; yet, the movie is ultimately undone by a lack of focus and discipline, like a martial arts student-in-training (to use a fitting analogy). Even that outcome wouldn’t be too disappointing… right?

The Man with the Iron Fists is currently without an official theatrical release date. We’ll let you know when that changes.

Source: IGN

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  1. Wow, RZA is hardly in it!

    • Hardly, or maybe barely would be a better word.

  2. I’m cool with RZA writing it, directing it, producing it and taking what seems like three years to make it but he should of given the title role to someone else … anyone else.

    I read he called in a lot of favors to get this done, I hope it’s successful.

  3. LOL it looks ridiculously ill, I can’t wait to see it. Love how Bautista pulled a colossus and went metal! Also him punching that guys eye out was classic!

  4. After watching the Sprite commercials a few years back, I always thought an extended martial arts movie had potential. I’m looking forward to seeing how this play out. I gather this teaser is more to highlight Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu’s involvement. And other trailers will show a little more of Rza’s character.

  5. He was deeply involved with Afro samurai which was awesome so I’m not worried

  6. I have to admit, Im a sucker for over the top stylized gory martial art flicks. Count me in.

  7. RZA and Russell actually go way back and collaborated
    on music together in addition acting together on films.
    RZA talked his bud into starring in his directorial debut.

    I doubt that we would be seeing Russell in this without
    that close connection and this could prove quite unique.

  8. I am amazed at how cool this looks !!!!!!!
    I hope this turns out to be good , I think it looks awesome.

    now I’m really excited to see this.

  9. Even if this is bad, it will still be good!
    Like a live action Samurai Champloo/Afro Samurai.
    Rick Yune? Nice!

  10. Story by RZA Screenplay by The RZA Directed by RZA


  11. ok people before letting the pretty visuals get the best of you, sit and think about what you just saw and what the narrative is behind it… cant think of answers can you. i rest my point.

    this will be no different to the over the top and stupid action movies eli roth, tarrantino and the other self proclaimed ‘cinema legends’ have s*** out over the past few decades. the only reason i would even consider watching this is for bautista and cung le, who are both really hardcore fighters.

      • Wow, I guess your single opion about QT trumps every one else’s (to include critics, actors and millions of fans).
        And Bautista is a reel fighter? He was a WWE wrestler and has yet to fight MMA.

  12. Looks pretty good for a directional debut, Russell Crowe can do no wrong in my eyes!

    • Somebody never saw the goodyear

    • Somebody never saw the good year

  13. The trailer was awesome.

    The cast is great, it’s got Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Dave Baustia, Rick Yune, RZA, Bryon Mann and Cung Le.

    Plus it’s R rated, this movie could be great.

  14. X-Men Origins: Colossus! I’m in.


  16. I’m a fan of martial arts flicks and a fan of the RZA. I’ll bite.

  17. Hell yeah RZA, do your thang!

  18. Love it!!!! :)

  19. A Good Year is a pretty decent movie, Russell Crowe is in it, nuff said!

    Nephew to a dead uncle, inheriter to a delapadated vineyard, he will fix it up and learn lessons, in this life or the next!

  20. I would have chosen someone else for the lead (Michael Jai-White (if you want a black guy), or an Asian) but it does look interesting.

  21. Eli Roth and RZA?! Sold!!!

  22. kick ass looking movie

  23. At first I was MEH about it, but RZA has really grown on me as an actor (his role this season in Californication was great), and he REALLY knows and understands the classic Kung-Fu genre. A lot of people may think it was weird that he wrote the story and screenplay, but I think it’s gonna be great. Add in the mix of QT and Eli Roth producing, and a stellar cast…. This will be a fun movie…… it’ll make 46 bucks at the Box Office, but this will be a cult classic for the genre I guarantee.

  24. Tarentino is a hack. Everything he does is the same script over and over with new costumes. The only thing of worth he ever created was Pulp Fiction, and that was mostly due to superb acting of the cast.
    You literally couldn’t pay me to watch this movie.

  25. Looks awesome.

  26. I did’nt think it was going to be much, but WOW!! it surprise me, which is good,I’ll have to have this on DVD, once it makes it run, like to see it..R.G.

  27. Looks like what Kill Bill could and should have been: fun.

    Hopefully, I’ll see this theatrically.

  28. really 4 commercials in 2 minutes? rigth in the middle of teh trailer…. let me find a BETTER page!

  29. Would love more from the Riza.