The Man With the Iron Fists

The Man With the Iron Fists

DVD - 2013
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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. Since his arrival in China's Jungle Village, the town's blacksmith 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Studios Canada, [2013]
Edition: Unrated extended ed
Branch Call Number: DVD MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Homme aux poings de fer

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bzr
Mar 11, 2016

After 5 minutes, you'll know whether or not you want to watch the rest of the film.

I actually enjoyed it, with reasonably low expectations. It's pretty scatterbrained, but there's a plot of sorts. There's plenty of wirework and overdone stylized action like a typical kung fu B movie, but more blood and gore and of course the gangster elements. It's not pretentious (or no more than the average kung fu flick).

I liked it much better than Django Unchained.

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beckythecat1
Feb 23, 2016

sorry I checked it out. great for middle school boys, maybe?

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TRANNY_CLONES
Aug 30, 2014

I think this is the worst movie i have ever seen in my entire life to date period.The direction by the RZA is AWFUL.The script from the RZA and Eli Roth is AWFUL.Even the action choreography from Cory Yuen is so AWFUL i am starting to think that he is RACIST against black people period.Cory Yuen did the action choreography for some of the best action/adventure films i have ever seen made in the WEST as well as the EAST.However,the choreography Cory Yuen did on the RZA's dream movie right here looks like he DELIBERATELY did his worst work as an action choreographer to date period.Cory Yuen clearly wanted this movie TO FAIL for the RZA's sake,and that's exactly what happened at the box office when this came out last year period.Doing a parody of martial-arts films was clearly not RZA's intention for this movie,but he is so BAD at directing and writing a script that this is what his movie turned out to be unintentionally because of all the gore in this MUSIC VIDEO that was supposed to be his serious martial-arts dream action movie period.NONE of the non-black actors as well as RZA himself looked like they was having a good time,never mind put their best foot forward acting wise.More than likely all of the non-black actors was just going through the motions acting wise because they are RACIST against black people,which made matters much worse for the RZA as the director of this movie period.My advice for the RZA is this:DO NOT DIRECT,WRITE,AND STAR IN ANOTHER MOVIE EVER AGAIN PERIOD.YOU CAN'T EVEN ACT AS AN ACTOR MY BROTHER.STICK WITH PRODUCING MUSIC MY BROTHER BECAUSE THAT IS CLEARLY YOUR LANE FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PERIOD.SO STAY IN YOUR LANE ONLY RZA,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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eberg
Aug 21, 2014

Pretty bad. If you just want to watch some kung-fu style special effects, go for it.

kevfarley May 12, 2014

Low expectations helped me to enjoy this dumb-fun film that walks a line between clumsy homage and inadvertant spoof. The lavish production values and over-the-top weapon-toys help keep it frothily fulfilling.

theorbys Apr 27, 2014

5 stars for me as a genre movie in a genre I really enjoy, and I really enjoyed this. It's more than just Chinese, but Chinese novels, comics, and movies have created a special and wonderfully imaginative, complex and convoluted world of martial arts genre, replete with weird weapons, beautiful costumes, mysterious chi based powers, and lots of betrayals. RZA loves that fantastic imaginary world and has visualized beautifully and while it isn't 5 stars the way Citizen Kane or Casablanca is, it is a great addition to the genre. Hopefully RZA will be making some more like this.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 14, 2014

If you go into this expecting a good movie, you will be disappointed, but taken for what it is, a violent, hip-hop kung-fu movie, it's at least entertaining. Wu-Tang master RZA directed, co-wrote (with Eli Roth) and stars and does not show the same genius with film as he does with music (oh, he does the music too). Like Tarantino's movies (he did not direct this, btw), this a mash-up/remix of many different styles and genres, but mostly Shaw Bros. movies, which gave Wu-Tang their name, "Enter the Dragon" and spaghetti westerns. When characters are talking, it's generally terrible, but when they are killing each other, it's generally pretty good. RZA is a blank, Russell Crowe seems to think he's Oliver Reed and Lucy Liu is basically playing her "Kill Bill" character. Again, don't expect much, especially in terms of plot and acting, but if you like over the top kung-fu action, you'll get it.

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Sanrin
Dec 20, 2013

Several comments suggest that this is a Quentin Tarantino film, but it's not. It was written and directed by RZA, who stars as the Blacksmith, the main character. Eli Roth cowrote the screenplay and helped produce. Tarantino merely lent his name in a "presented by" credit. The film is *very* bloody and there are too many characters, most of whom die. The Blacksmith is not compelling, despite an interesting backstory and Pam Grier as his mother. My favorite fighters were the Geminis and Bronze Body.

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Madmanintheattic
Oct 18, 2013

WORST kung-fu movie EVER! I've seen hundreds of kung-fu movies over the last 40 years and this is the WORST. I turned it off two-thirds of the way through. Don't waste your time.

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neonkc
Oct 13, 2013

good

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Jun 28, 2013

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hgibbins
Jun 28, 2013

Sexual Content: Some sexual content but nothing to worry about.

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hgibbins
Jun 28, 2013

Violence: Massive amounts of violence, but in a campy way as for all the blood that is portrayed in this film to be real the cast would have had to be a few thousand strong, and all would have had to have high blood pressure.

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