The Man with the Iron Fists

In case you weren’t sure whether or not RZA is a genius, watch The Man with the Iron Fists.

Yeah it came out in 2012 but that doesn’t mean it’s not a triumphant moment for hip hop. This is one of hip hop’s legends, the great RZA, living out a dream of making a kung fu movie. If you’re a fan of the Wu, you will want to buy this movie.

The Man With the Iron Fists

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This is pretty much RZA’s dream

If you’ve ever listened to a Wu-Tang album, you know that the one thing they love more than anything else is old Kung-Fu B movies. They clearly grew up watching them, and one can only assume their true calling was these movies, with hip hop just being a side gig they were decent at. RZA produced all those albums with the kung fu movie samples as skits, so it’s safe to assume he spent his adolescense watching these movies and shooting some in his head.

But that doesn’t mean he rushed it

When he scored Kill Bill for Quentin Tarantino, RZA saw his chance and started studying film under Tarantino. After years of this, he began writing The Man with the Iron Fists, and then started shopping it around (with the help of Tarantino who the movie was “presented by”.) RZA had been waiting all his life to do this, and he wasn’t about to do a sloppy job.

The Man with the Iron Fists

This movie is literally all RZA

He wrote it, directed it, starred in it, narrated it and of course did the music. The movie undeniably has RZA (and Wu-Tang’s) footprint on it, and it is the ultimate gift for hip hop fans. There is nothing more satifsying than watching a dude get curbstomped while Shame on a Nigga is playing, or hearing someone shout out the tiger style. It’s a hell of a postmodern movie, as an homage to old Kung-Fu B movies. I saw it in theatres kind of late on so there were about 10 people in there, and we were all just laughing our asses off.

But it’s not just comedy, or even mostly

The movie is mad funny at some parts (including Russell Crowe and some beads), but the action is excellent, as is the story of loyalty and family intertwined throughout the great action scenes. It isn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, and there are flaws, but it accomplishes everything RZA wants it to, which is impressive for a rookie director/screenwriter.

So if you want great kung-fu action mixed with a little comedy and a Wu-Tang backing soundtrack:

Scope The Man with the Iron Fists. You’ll probably be laughing your ass off from the beginning with the intro music. Folks who aren’t fans of the Wu but are fans of kung fu movies will think this is funny and pretty dope, but fans of the Wu will love this. You should really scope this if you consider yourself a hip hop head or if you’ve ever liked any of the RZA’s work (musical, written or otherwise.)

Digital: The Man With the Iron Fists

DVD: The Man with the Iron Fists - Unrated Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

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2 comments on “The Man with the Iron Fists

  1. Not Nathan January 22, 2015 10:20 pm

    How you not even going to mention afro samurai crazy kid?

    • Joaquin January 22, 2015 11:24 pm

      Good call. It’s coming.

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