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Plot: On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.
Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 01 Nov 2012
Once in a while, this kind of movie comes along and all you have to do is sit back and watch it and enjoy it for what it is! Great seeing English speaking Asian actors! As much as I like seeing martial arts movies from Asia, it's refreshing to not have to read subtitles.I find it amusing that some of the reviewers are trying to put some intellectual critique on it instead of just enjoying the blood, guts, and action. It's not gonna win an Academy or a Golden Globe, but it will win fans of this kind of genre. Sure, some parts could have been better, but for RZA's first film that he <more>
wrote and directed, it is so much fun to watch.Is it wrong that I was the only one laughing when people were getting killed? LOL! If you're the kind of person who has to over analyze every movie you see, don't see it. But if you want to watch something really fun, it's a must!
This movie is fantastic. No time to get bored. RZA has given us an unbelievably exciting action packed movie. The combination of bold and colorful pictures with a great soundtrack and a good cast make this movie truly unforgettable. I am hoping we will see more of the Man with the Iron fists soon. ... I also think that many people got put off by this movie because of the graphic violence that it contains. Those people should not forget that this is in the purpose of entertainment and that no one got hurt seriously making the movie.I also would like to mention that this movie was produced <more>
with a mere $15 000 000 and that it managed to break even at the box office IMDB source ; compare this let's say with the "Wrath of the Titans" that cost 10X more providing 10x less entertainment. No surprise Q. Tarentino supported this movie and well done Universal for having the guts to produce/ distribute it. At least some major studios still believe in truly entertaining, not necessarily main stream cinema. thanks to all involved in making this great piece of entertainment.
I would just like to start off by saying that people slandering this film are comparing it to higher budget films with better, more experienced directors.I mean come on, it's RZA directing a film, his first one. I was thoroughly entertained throughout the film. It had cool slick action sequences, interesting characters and inventive weapons. The story was well told even though it wasn't the strongest.The acting was generally mediocre which was expected looking at the cast, giving the exception of Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu who really stood out giving great performances. By far my <more>
favourite characters in the film.In the end I left this film thinking "I would like to watch that again!". Is this not the the purpose of a film? To entertain the viewer?
The Man With The Iron Fists was "instant classic". It was the perfect blend of old school meets new school, meets Cgi special effects. For me it was full of surprises because I never knew who the Man with the Iron Fists would be in the movie until a "certain point" in the movie. The fight scenes were Superb! Lucy Lu was one of the most memorable characters along with the Yin Yang of the Geminis, they were Awesome. Many are bashing on the Rza and his acting but I tell you this. His character was supposed to represent the humble yet powerful Hero in the film. That he did and <more>
he did it very well. We must not overlook the layers of symbolism in this type of film. The ship he was on was called of all things the Destiny? I would highly recommend this film to any lover of old school martial arts movies, fans of WU Tang Clan and hip hop heads in general. Minus all the freaky antics of Russel Crowe's character it was the perfect mix of the above said. The film was rated R for a reason. Actually for a few reasons.
I have to say, I hate movies where the plot takes place inside a foreign country and they just speak English instead of the native one, but this one has the wright amount of balance to take you over this flaw. I also felt a pinch of Quentin Tarantino flavor there. As a viewer you either like this movie or not at all.The effects were nice and juicy typical for the Chinese genre , maybe a bit over the top, but still nice. Considering that RZA was involved in Afro Samurai, you can see where where the movie is trying to point at.I give it a 9 because it's a bit too much for real life action, <more>
but also it has a lot of potential of being an epic movie in a weird perspective way. So to answer you most dubious question: Yes this is not a crappy movie that will waste your 90 minutes of your life.Peace.
I Normally consider my self a movie buff or at least I used to, until this last year I used to go to the Cinema 2 times a week.Sadly this year while having some really Amazing box office smashes such as "The Avengers" and "The Dark Knight Rises" and a few other note worthy flick's like "The Hunger Games" or "Prometheus" I have for the most not really felt the need to go out and watch much of anything. While I can named at lest 100+ movies I saw in 2011/2010 off the top of my head. So far this year I have gone out to see. John Carter, Battleship, <more>
Safe house, Prometheus, The Hunger Games, The Expendables, The Avengers, The Dark Knight RisesOh yeah the 3D Titanic- Wife Agroo.So while not seeing much in the way of movies this year. It seems likes it takes a lot just to get up and go see any movie adventure this year or maybe we have been spoiled by the 2 big movies. Who knows. The Man With the Iron FistsThe movie starts off like all Martial Arts movies do intruding all the main players however you not sure who the bad guy is until it visually shown on screen which in turn gives us the setting or the idea where we don't know who the bad guys or who the good guys are as we meet them. The first half of the movie is narrated by the Blacksmith/THE RZA at which point he becomes the main character of the film. a few character feel out of place like the X-Blade/Rick Yune where hes only played a bad guys in films so you assume the same here. Jack knife/Russell Crowe is the comic relief but with attitude. he basically get all the good lines and steels the show. Madam Blossom/Lucy Liu is the brothel Madam whose brothel is where the whole movie takes place. Lucy Liu give one of her better performances in this movie and I say this because She is the only movie character I have seen in a long time where I not sure if I am supposed to love her or hate her. Every fight seen the movie is well choreographed and equally as brutal, The Directer takes a few liberties with cinematography which most cases work well. There are a few spots mostly when dealing with Brass Body where the CGI is just horrible but the parts are few and I give it up to being a low budget movie and The RZA first time in Directors seat. The movie has many sexually references but no nudity and mostly uses this as humor which works well in the film. Despite it taking place in a brothel there only one scene which may depict women in a derogatory way but this has meaning and is revealed a short time later in the film while also making me unsure of where or not to love or hate Lucy Liu in the movie.My only issue in the movie is the final fight scenes at no point did it seem like the good guys were gonna lose. The Bruce lee homage with the room of mirrors what cut 99% away to save time in the movie and/or make room for the other 2 final fight scene.All in all the movie is amazing and I give it a 85/100 The movie lost 10 points for the Bruce Lee "Enter the Dragon" room of mirrors abomination.
Solid Shaw Brothers Styled Kung-Fu Film (by BAFilm96)
I graduated from college with a B.A. - Visual Arts, Film, at a school where there was actually enough equipment around for all students to shoot their film projects. I have made films and I have studied and watched many different films across many different genres. The Rza delivered a Martial Arts film that is true to form. Most Martial Arts films that are created in the Shaw Brothers tradition will always ask viewers to suspend their disbelief, and ask viewers to become steeped in the mythos of a story that is most times only hinted at, in much the same way that readers of comics are asked <more>
to within the pages of any given title. If you can watch a film like the "Five Deadly Venoms" and overlook the fact that its never explained why the Poison Clan members became bad guys, or why the last student who was taught all the styles, but never mastered one needed to seek the help of one the members of the Poison Clan to beat the others, you can overlook some of the story structure "problems" in The Man With the Iron Fists. If you know the genre, you know that this film is solid, and true to form. 8 out of 10.
Why the hate ? Maybe from people with no knowledge of Asian movies ? (by haibane-tenshi)
The 5.5 rate on IMDb is baffling, so i have to take some time and make a review.I guess most people who criticize the film have, like, no knowledge of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA and old school Asian movies and, therefore, were expecting a movie totally different and were shocked.This movie is a tribute to all the old school kung fu flicks that the Wu-Tang watched as they built their albums, especially the 36 chambers. This movie brings all the possible clichés you could find in those films, all seen under the street culture angle.I give this movie, like, an 8 for being original and true to its <more>
colors, a movie based on the passion & respect that RZA has for 1970-1980s kung fu flicks. Before watching, just listen to 36 chambers, get some vibes on, chill out and enjoy the movie to its worth.
For the hardcore Kung Fu film enthusiast. (by chrisyarb81)
As a die-hard fan of this genre, I have to say I enjoyed this movie a great, great deal. The backdrops were extremely vivid, the characters were presented in ways that are memorable. Like, the main characters were explained enough to get into them. For his first directing attempt, RZA did an outstanding job. I think he did what he set out to do.There aren't many martial arts films like this that get cinematic airtime anymore and it was good to go to a theater and see this type of movie. The fight scenes are choreographed to perfection and the cast was just incredible. Russell Crowe just <more>
blew that out of the water. And being a big Bautista fan, I was very impressed with the Brass Body character a lot. He brought a very interesting dynamic to the movie. I look forward to seeing more from RZA.My only issues with the film were some of the functionality with some of the weapons the characters used. That's all I'll say on that, though.