11.04.2012

The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

Yes.  You know I did.

This weekend I treated my cousins to The Man with the Iron Fists, co-written, directed by, and co-starring RZA of Wu-Tang Clan fame.

My cousins and I laughed through the whole movie, and I mean that in a good way.  It's obviously not meant to be taken seriously (especially not with how RZA maintains a single facial expression the whole time).  It is what exactly it was meant to be: a funny action flick filled with cliches and homages to old school kung-fu films, and it even stars from actors from that era.

And the Tarantino influence is blindingly obvious.

I give this movie some props; it has a predominantly Asian American cast; the actors get to speak in their regular accents and just basically having a good time.

There are some boss chicks in this film; Lucy Liu and Jamie Chung are more than decent in their roles.  I actually didn't recognize Jamie in this movie at first, most likely because I've gotten used to seeing her as the bad-ass, armor-clad Mulan on Once Upon a Time.  Lucy Liu brings some O-ren Ishii-type flavor to the film, and the "Black Widow" scene at the brothel was highly entertaining.

Grace Huang as the female Gemini Killer was also awesome, and she definitely gets a shout-out from the bar.  If you watched The Fifth Commandment and fell in love with the assassin couple Collateral Damage, you'll dig the Gemini Killers.

And speaking of The Fifth Commandment, there was so much eye candy in this film that I really didn't know what to do with myself.  The jewel of the film, of course, is Rick Yune a.k.a. Pretty Ricky as "the X-Blade".  This is exactly the type of role Amaya some of us needed to see him in; prince-like, heroic, and clad in sexy black armor.





While Alex Cross was unintentionally funny, this movie is not.  Despite some obvious fail, I still highly recommend this film, because of its predominantly POC cast, its kick-ass soundtrack (as expected), and its unapologetic blood-fest.  I actually intend to the buy this one when it comes out on DVD and have zero regrets spending cash to see it in theaters.

If you go to see it, just remember...do not take it seriously.  Just accept it and enjoy it for what it is, not what you think it should be.

13 comments:

  1. *fist pumps* YES!!! So glad to hear this. Proud of RZA for getting stuff done and for not using yellowface or selling out our Asian American brothers and sisters to do it. :)

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    1. The movie has its fails, but at least this was not one of them. I was ecstatic to see Byron Mann, Rick Yune, Cung Le, etc just talk like they regularly do.

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  2. Rick Yune.....sigh.....

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  3. I admit, I was curious about this movie. It looks interesting to watch.If RZA had. anything to do with this moviehe did a pretty good job of., casting an all Asian cast..He seems like he has some talent with scripts. I didn't know that he had in him to do it.He should consider doing this more movies.

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  4. Love the RZA!

    And yeah, going to catch the matinee sometime this week JUST FOR MY HUSBAND Pretty Fine-As-Hell Rick Yune.

    *claws out* Back off, beetches!

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  5. Leo Princess11/4/12, 7:33 PM

    You know what? I think I will see this when it gets out here (and I know it will). Thanks for the vote of confidence, because I could sure use some action and a/c in a padded chair right now.

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    1. LOL...it feels weird to actually recommend a film. I'm typically telling folks to stay away.

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  6. At first I wasn't going to see the movie because some of my friends were disappointed in the fighting/action scenes, but I think I will go and check it out.

    Also Rza will be directing again- RZA to direct Genghis Khan biopic-http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/oct/30/rza-direct-genghis-khan-biopic

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    1. The fight scenes ARE a disappointment - should've mentioned that. But the casting choice makes up for everything.

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    2. Leo Princess11/5/12, 4:40 PM

      Ah. So there's a strong chance that the actor playing Genghis will actually be an Asian man. Awesome.


      Seriously, look up 'John Wayne as Genghis Khan' when you want to laugh and hurl simultaneously.

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  7. Perla Buttons11/4/12, 11:03 PM

    Aaaaand Our Russell(TM) moves up in my estimation. I can't wait until this hits Oz!

    *Struggles to complete sentences in the face of Yune. Mmmm...Yune*

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  8. The gore was really unapologetic about it, and that's fine. Rick Yune made my night he was practically wearing a bondage suit...And I almost died on the line " I always bring a gun to a knife fight" cause it's an all in one weapon it's a knife that as a thingy shoot out at people when trigger is pulled. The Gemini twins omg I give them credit. I'm glad it was a predominantly POC cast and not a predominant white casting that wouldn't have looked right.

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