RZA’s anticipated directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists, will be hitting theatres in the US next weekend, and from all we’ve seen so far, coupled by the fact it’s presented by Quentin Tarantino, there’s naturally a lot to look forward to.
We saw the great animated prequel short film earlier in the week, and now a red-band featurette has made its way online, with plenty of blood and gore, which RZA admits he and co-writer Eli Roth (Hostel) are not at all shy about bringing to the big screen.
“Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA—alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.
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.
Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.”
RZA takes the lead as The Blacksmith, with a great supporting cast led by by Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Dave Bautista, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu, and Pam Grier.
The rapper-turned-multi-hyphenate looks to be making a brilliant debut, directing from a script he wrote alongside Roth, already known for bringing us some of the most notoriously bloody films in recent memory.
The Man with the Iron Fists will be released in the US next Friday, 2nd November, and will be coming to the UK a little later for a 7th December release. I can’t wait. This looks awesome. For now, here’s the new red-band featurette – and as you can imagine, this isn’t work-appropriate viewing. Enjoy.