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There isn’t many films I’d gladly watch again and again, however, The Man with the Iron Fists is an exception. This tasty film was released in 2012 as an American martial arts film written by the RZA (Wu-Tang) and Eli Roth (Hostel, Hostel 2). The first time I heard of this films release, I had never been more exited to actually watch a film that follows the style that I love; that style being 50’s/60’s martial arts movies. Featured in this homage to movies of this genre, are an interesting plot, interesting characters and a lot of cool and stylised fighting scenes. Russell Crowe’s performance is certainly one of the best in this film, set aside from other characters as a unique set piece in the film with one of the best scenes in the film (which I will post a link to at the end).
What makes this film set aside from the thousands of other ‘chopsocky’ movies, is that the fighting ends in a much gorier state than the bad guy making a noise of death then falling on the floor, while sometimes visibly still breathing, noting that that character is dead. some fighting scenes can be seen as a little darkly humorous with characters’ heads being kicked off their shoulders. The RZA does manage to get a little blaxploitation in his film, in which he shows the blacksmiths’ (played by the RZA) back story.
Having read other reviews about this film, other reviewers seem to have trouble following the plot and therefore calling the films’ plot ‘stupid’, I find it quite easy to follow. I’ll try and explain it as easy as I can. The two clans, the Lion Clan and the Hyena Clan, are at war, these clans look for the blacksmith (RZA) and both give him tasks to create weapons for both clans, which he accepts. The blacksmith accepts because he needs the money so he can pay to free his lover. His lover works in a ‘house of relaxation’ owned by Madam Blossom (Lucy Liu).
The Lion Clan gets taken over by Silver and Bronze Lion after they betray their leader, Golden Lion. Golden Lion was given a task by the Emperor to transport a lot of gold. The death of Golden Lion is sent, as news, to his only son; Zhen-Yi, who is a highly skilled fighter that leaves for the Jungle Village to avenge his father. The Emperor sends a message saying that his emissary with be waiting at the Jungle Village to pick up the gold. No one knows who this is, turns out to be a man known as Jack Knife (Crowe). Silver Lion enlists the help of his top assassin, known as Brass Body (played by WWE star Dave Bautista); who has the ability to turn any part of his body (or all) to brass at will. I hope this information will interest you to watch the film, as that’s all I’m going to say.
This film is definitely colourful, action-packed and entertaining, both visually and audibly. The soundtrack of this movie was created by the RZA and other artists. RZA sought Tarantino’s help with the score after he helped Tarantino with the score for Kill Bill. Tarantino also suggested RZA entirely produce the score. RZA and Drossin developed and finalized the score. They then developed the film’s soundtrack, which was scheduled for release on October 23, 2012 and features 15 songs from the film including original songs by Kanye West, the Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Pusha T, Raekwon, and collaborations by RZA with The Black Keys and Flatbush Zombies.
This film had a budget of $20 million, which is quite expensive considering its critical conception. Although critics were divided between liking and dis-liking this film. Some critics had labelled is “dull”, “offers nothing original” and that it “doesn’t have enough tension to be taken seriously, or enough laughs to be taken lightly”. However, other critics noted that it has “beautifully choreographed moments, and the action sequences won’t disappoint any fans of slow-motion fistfights and arteries that gush like fire hydrants”, that Crowe’s “commanding performance” and his chemistry with Liu lift the film slightly above the routine. (You can imagine which side I’m on about this film).
I found this film enjoyable to watch and has an amazing soundtrack that somehow just feels right with the film; the blended mix of old style hip-hop with a well aged film style that should still be popular. The first major scene of Jack Knife blew me away with the interesting camera work and the dialogue from Crowe that unmistakably makes you focus on, not only, what he is saying but what ferocity and British charm that his character has throughout the film. The popularity of this film on its initial release was huge for RZA’s first ever film, grossing $3 million on its opening day and reaching approximately $20.255.313; which evenly surpasses the budget spent in the making.
I do really like this film. And for the people to actually read this, please give me feedback by liking this post, commenting on it or even sharing/following this blog (which would be awesome and would help me out loads, as if I get feedback that people like reading my reviews. More reviews will go up more frequently) Please let me know if you enjoyed this review, and if you’d like to offer tips let me know. Now for that awesome moment from the film.