Who doesn’t enjoy Kung Fu movies? If you do, keep reading, because your life is about to get more exciting. If you don’t, you should read on to find out what all the excitement is about!
In The Man with the Iron Fists, an eclectic group of people, including assassins, warriors, a British soldier, and a village blacksmith, all converge upon a small village in ancient China for a winner-takes-all battle over a golden treasure. It sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. Although this may seem like a standard plot for a Kung Fu flick, this movie has a lot more going on in front of and behind the camera.
“You can’t spell Kung Fu without F and U.”
The Man with the Iron Fists marks the big-screen debut of RZA with an impressive triple role in the film, starring not only as the leading man, but also as the film’s director and co-writer. Now, for those of you who don’t know who I’m talking about, I would recommend that you look up the Wu-Tang Clan. For those of you who do know who I’m about talking, you might be asking, “Why?” Actually, although RZA is mainly known as a rap artist, you might be surprised by his involvement in the martial arts world. In addition to scoring several films (Kill Bill Vol. 1, Blade: Trinity, & Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) and producing all of the music for TV anime series Afro Samurai, RZA will also be starring as the Blind Master in the upcoming movie, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
However, RZA’s martial arts background isn’t the only impressive item this movie brings to the table. The movie’s screenplay is the result of a two-year collaboration between RZA and fellow co-writer Eli Roth, with every detail researched and hashed out, down to the weapons used. Lastly, RZA also features a significant line-up of actors, including Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and Pam Grier, and last but not least, the credited collaboration plug “Quentin Tarantino Presents.”
The Virginia Film Festival will be screening the film Thursday, November 1st, at 10:30pm at the Paramount Theater. Tickets are still available, but given the big potential to this movie, it very likely may sell out even before the festival starts. Don’t wait, get your tickets now!