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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Russell Crowe
Lucy Liu
Byron Mann.
Directors
RZA.
Screenwriters
Eli Roth
RZA.
Running Time
95 minutes

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The Man With The Iron Fists
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Plot
19th century China. When his village is threatened, a blacksmith (RZA) leads a group of fighters, including Russell Crowe's opium-addled soldier and Lucy Liu's brothel owner, against the menace.


Review
The Man With The Iron Fists
Wu-Tang's RZA makes an assured directorial debut with this gloriously violent grindhouse martial arts fantasy, about an American slave who escapes to China. Stand-out villainy comes courtesy of Byron Mann as Silver Lion and Dave Bautista as Chi-master Brass Body. But if the details are Eastern, the film also works as a Western, through characters like Lucy Liu’s whorehouse madam and Russell Crowe’s Jack Knife, who looks like The Man With No Name and sounds like English Bob. Some of the dialogue is thick-eared, but that comes with the territory. You’re here for Corey Yuen’s fight choreography anyway.


Verdict
Don't let the 'Quentin Tarantino Presents' tag deceive you, this is a mixed bag of lumpen dialogue and martial-arts magic that never quite coalesces into the delirious mayhem we'd hoped for.


Reviewed by Owen Williams

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"So, how does a man with your obvious skill end up in a wretched corner of the earth like this?"

A mind-numbingly repetitive excuse for a martial-arts movie, The Man With The Iron Fists has but one thing working in its favor: a well-meaning Russell Crowe, whose incongruous presence, oddly enough, serves only to make this even more maddening. ... More

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Posted by movienut707 at 11:19, 05 November 2013 | Report This Post


I have to agree with other reviews of this. This is a terrible terrible film. Dont waste money or time on this. And what the fuck russell crowe is doing in it is anyones guess ... More

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Posted by bigdog1000 at 14:08, 24 January 2013 | Report This Post


RE: WORTH A LOOK.....

The Man with the Iron Fists Do you like homages to the old cheesy classic martial arts films of the 70/80's? lots of frenzied fighting with bones snapping and blades swishing? did you like 'Kill Bill'? then this might be for you. Presented by the man himself Quentin Tarantino you might be thinking this will be ultra cool, well you would be wrong, unless of course you love this kinda stuff. Quite simply this is another modern day homage to all those old Bruce Lee type kung fu movies (v... More

Posted by Phubbs at 07:05, 04 January 2013 | Report This Post


WORTH A LOOK.....

As a piece of entertaining Afro Samurai, B movie, Kung Fu schlock, this film works quite well. Reckon they should have just cut their losses at the start and hired Jamie Fox to play the title role though because judged on this evidence, RZA’s got about as much acting talent as a big lump of concrete. The guy seems to have the same one blank expression throughout the entire movie – hell – even Lassie could out act him. THREE STARS ... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 19:29, 12 December 2012 | Report This Post


WORTH A LOOK.....

As a piece of entertaining Afro Samurai, B movie, Kung Fu schlock, this film works quite well. Reckon they should have just cut their losses at the start and hired Jamie Fox to play the title role though because judged on this evidence, RZA’s got about as much acting talent as a big lump of concrete. The guy seems to have the same one blank expression throughout the entire movie – hell – even Lassie could out act him. THREE STARS ... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 19:29, 12 December 2012 | Report This Post


RE: them iron fists need to be used against the director

The Man With The Iron Fists' greatest strength and biggest weakness is that it's based on the Shaw Brothers HK films of the 1970s. Therefore the dialogue is awful, the plot is not important and the fights are ridiculous. The problem is that while that's forgivable in a badly dubbed/subtitled retro Hong Kong film, with a host of familiar faces churning them out with American accents, it's just weird. Also RZA is no leading man. Still, the soundtrack is great, the fights are fun and it... More

Posted by Timon at 13:30, 10 December 2012 | Report This Post


RE: them iron fists need to be used against the director

L: thaiboy 3 stars...you gave this 3 STARS!...this is without a doubt the worst film ever made. the story is a shambles the dialogue is atrocious the acting makes chuck norris look like al pacino the soundtrack is well out of place and used at the most inappropriate times. as for the action..well even that is too fast paced and hurts the eyes..no drama...no suspense ..no build up of characters..and half the time you can't even understand what RZA is saying! i was so looking... More

Posted by Dannybohy at 13:20, 10 December 2012 | Report This Post


them iron fists need to be used against the director

3 stars...you gave this 3 STARS!...this is without a doubt the worst film ever made. the story is a shambles the dialogue is atrocious the acting makes chuck norris look like al pacino the soundtrack is well out of place and used at the most inappropriate times. as for the action..well even that is too fast paced and hurts the eyes..no drama...no suspense ..no build up of characters..and half the time you can't even understand what RZA is saying! i was so looking forward to this film and... More

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Posted by thaiboy at 06:52, 10 December 2012 | Report This Post


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