The second red band trailer for The Man with the Iron Fists offers more bloody, stylized, Kung Fu action and Western homages from Wu-Tan Clan co-founder RZA’s directorial debut, based on a script he co-wrote with Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel).
It recycles much of the footage from the previous two-minute red-band promo for RZA’s movie, which comes with a stamp of approval from his pal Quentin Tarantino (whose own Kung Fu remix, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, was composed by RZA) and stars Russell Crowe, another friend of the musician/actor/filmmaker. In fact, by most accounts, RZA called in many a favor to get Man with the Iron Fists made.
The trailer opens with RZA as a (nameless?) blacksmith at work, discussing the three elements necessary to forge a powerful weapon – all three of which can be found in his adopted home village in feudal China. We are also introduced to three other important players: Madame Blossom (Lucy Liu), Crowe as Jack Knife, and ex-wrestling sensation David Bautista as the mystical Brass Body.
“Power belongs to no one until it is seized through sex and violence,” says Madame Blossom, and the second portion of the trailer – a montage of elegant martial arts choreography mixed with graphic disembowelments, neck-slicing, eyeball-popping, and head-chopping (both in and out of the bedroom) – illustrates her point. RZA’s accompany vocals and music drives home the idea that Man with the Iron Fists is a fusion of Kung Fu and Spaghetti Western “with a hip-hop influence.”
RZA gets in on the fun more in the second red band trailer, as it concludes with his stoic onscreen counterpart showing off his newfound, Hulk-like smashing abilities – the results of his efforts to channel “an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon” – once he becomes (what else?) The Man with the Iron Fists, who can knock a man’s head off with a single blow.
RZA is 'The Man with the Iron Fists'
Man with the Iron Fists also features new music from The Black Keys, Kanye West, and Wiz Khalifa, in addition to the orchestral compositions by Howard Drossin (The Protector). The action was captured by director of photography Chi Ying Chan (DOA: Dead or Alive) and coordinated by Corey Yen – a 40-year veteran of Kung Fu cinema, with such titles as Drunken Master and Legend of the Dragon under his belt.
Rounding out the supporting cast for Man with the Iron Fists are such people as Pam Grier, Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Rick Yune (Ninja Assassin), and Daniel Wu (Blood Brothers). Kung Fu enthusiasts: you may want to give this one a look, if the trailers and cast are any indication.
Universal releases The Man with the Iron Fists in U.S. theaters on November 2nd, 2012. Let us know what you think of the latest trailer in the comments section.