The Man With The Iron Fists
If I were you I wouldn’t waste any time with singer, songwriter, and composer Rza’s debut film, The Man With The Iron Fists. Anyone who has seen Sergio Leone’s The Good, The bad, and the Ugly (1966) or Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961) knows the story Rza is trying to tell here. A couple of clans, a pack of assassins, and three lone warriors fight it out for gold in feudal era China.
Some good acting from Russell Crowe can be seen here as Jack Knife whom creates orgy upon unnecessary orgy courtesy of Lucy Liu’s Madame Blossom; whose performance is on par with that of Crowe’s, if not better than. The problem here is neither Madame Blossom or Jack Knife are given any backstory and when they have character defining moments, well they’re just moments. The same can be said for RZA’s main character the blacksmith whom ceases to be seen without iron firsts until the last thirty minutes of this ninety-minute feature.
The man With The Iron Fists also suffers from an unnecessary voice over, which can also be seen as a last ditch writing effort from RZA and Eli Roth. Granted, voiceover in movies isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a story such as this, it just doesn’t belong here. It pops ups and goes away as if what the blacksmith is saying has any substance to it, when in fact he doesn’t, its just to say something smart. This may have worked in Mathew Vaughn’s Kick Ass (2010) or Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted (2008), but it doesn’t fit with the way the story is being told or really have any affect on the character in question.
If you’re looking for a decent action film this is it, just don’t expect a great story to be told here, despite Quentin Tarrantino’s name appearing in the opening credit sequence.