If Martial Arts is your thing then The Man with the Iron Fists is something you should catch. Directed by RZA and written by RZA and Eli Roth. The film stars Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann, RZA, Rick Yune, David Bautista, and Jamie Chung. Set in 19th century China, the story follows a series of lone warriors who are forced to unite to defeat a common foe and save their home of Jungle Village.
Eli Roth and RZA attend as Universal Pictures presents a screening of “The Man With The Iron Fists” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles
Development of the film began in 2003 when RZA produced the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill. RZA set himself a $50,000 budget and flew to the Kill Bill set in Beijing, where he spent approximately thirty days taking notes on the way Tarantino directed the film. In 2005, RZA met Eli Roth in Iceland, and they traveled together to LA. During the journey, RZA told Roth of his idea for a kung fu genre film, which attracted Roth’s interest, but no further progress was made. RZA completed the story for the film, but Roth convinced him that he would need a completed screenplay for the project to gain any support. In 2007, after Roth’s Hostel: Part II was released, Roth and RZA agreed to seriously pursue the project.
Zhu Zhu attends as Universal Pictures presents a screening of “The Man With The Iron Fists” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles
Byron Mann, Rick Yune, RZA and Cung Le
RZA launched an 11-date music concert called “The Iron Fists Tour” to promote the film in association with Rock the Bells and Guerilla Union. It featured performances by members of Wu-Tang Clan and other artists. The tour began on October 3, 2012, and visited several North American cities including New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. An animated short film about the blacksmith’s journey to China and his first meeting with Brass Body, which RZA narrated, was released on October 20, 2012, as a prequel to the film. 16 heavily stylized posters, each by a different artist, were placed in outdoor locations in several North American cities and were designed to allow pedestrians to remove and keep them.
Cung Le, Rick Yune, RZA, Dave Bautista, Eli Roth, Byron Mann and Marc Abraham
The Man With The Iron Fists is now showing in theaters
Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore
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