The Man with the Iron Fists: Final Preview

Posted by Grey Sunday, November 4, 2012

Here to teach us why we can't spell Kung Fu without F and U this weekend is RZA's balls-to-the-walls tribute to the martial art action film genre, The Man with the Iron Fists. The Daily Zombies takes a final look at RZA and producer Eli Roth's intriguingly maddening vision of the Wuxia world of nineteenth century China.

Ahead of the ominous US release of Agent 007's much-anticipated latest outing in Skyfall next week, we have the release of a most unconventional commercial film this week. And incidentally, quite possibly one of the most unapologetically maddening action film to come along in a long, long time: The Man with the Iron Fists.

Directed by Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, produced by Eli Roth (famous for both his directorial work with Cabin Fever and the Hostel film series, as well as his role as Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz in Inglourious Basterds), The Man with the Iron Fists comes with an unmissable "Quentin Tarantino Presents" label, foreboding of what we can expect along the line of what the auteur film-maker is famous for: Tribute to the pulp nature of cinematic history. With The Man with the Iron Fists, RZA has apparently opt for the no-nonsense, over-the-top, straight-up hardcore route of the classic 70s martial art film genre that are typically nonsensical in a fascinating way.

Being long-time fans of the nonsensically entertaining 70s martial art film genre that are at times unrelentingly powerful in its narratives and unnecessarily violent in its execution, we have been observing The Man with the Iron Fists with considerable anticipations from our First Look at the red band first trailer as well as the red band second trailer (seriously, we don't really have to mention about the red band part). 

With RZA taking the eponymous role of The Man with the Iron Fists  the film also featured a surprisingly stellar ensemble cast featuring Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Rick Yune, and former WWE Superstar David Bautista, as well as some notable cameos from Daniel Wu, Pam Grier, Chen Kuan-tai and Kung-Fu legend Gordon Liu himself. While the film is unlikely to become the runaway hit given its exceptional nature, we are pretty certain that it is a shoo-in as the next cult film everybody will be excited about.

Before we move on with the awesome trailers and posters for the film, do check out "The Encounter", a cool animated short film made by Eric Calderon and RZA, the creators of the smash hit Afro Samurai, as a prequel to the film.

Here’s the synopsis for the short animated prequel: 

This prequel side story to ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’ finds the Blacksmith (RZA) on his way to China via a Dutch trading vessel. At a typical port stop, the Blacksmith and the crew have an unfortunate encounter.


The Official Trailer


The Restricted Trailer #2 

The five Character Trailers

Character Trailer: The Blacksmith (RZA) 

Character Trailer: Bronze Lion (Cung Le) 

Character Trailer: Madame Blossom (Lucy Liu) 

Character Trailer: Brass Body (Dave Bautista)

Character Trailer: Jack Knife (Russell Crowe)


RZA explains the origin of the phrase "You can't spell Kung Fu without F and U!"

Featurette: "A Slice Above"


Featurette: "A Look Inside" 

RZA discusses the story of a kung fu classic, 7 Grandmasters. 

Interestingly, the graphic department of Universal Pictures has come out firing from all cylinders with some hard-hitting awesome posters that comprises numerous graphic styles from retro Asia kung-fu cinema posters, pop art, 70s action film posters, classic folk art, to punk rock album cover.

Hit the jump to check out these stunning posters.

The first poster of the film.

And here are some amazing set pictures from the film.

Here’s the official synopsis of the film:

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.

The Man with the Iron Fists has been released on November 2, 2012.


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