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The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

R  |   |  Action  |  2 November 2012 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abbott (as Gordon Liu)
Kuan Tai Chen ...
Copper Lion (as Xue Jing Yao)
Telly Liu ...


In Jungle Village, the leader of the Lion's clan Gold Lion is summoned by the Governor and assigned to protect his gold that will be transported through the village. However he is betrayed and murdered by the greedy Silver Lion and Bronze Lion. Gold Lion's favorite son Zen Yi, a.k.a. The X-Blade, seeks revenge and heads to Jungle Village, but he is defeated by Brass Body and rescued by the local Blacksmith Thaddeus. Meanwhile the Gemini Female and the Gemini Male protect the Governor's gold, but they are vanquished by the army of Silver and Bronze Lion. The Blacksmith is abducted by the Lions and has his arms severed by Brass Body. However he is saved by the British Jack Knife, who is the emissary of the Emperor, and he manufactures iron arms for Thaddeus. Meanwhile the Governor sends the Jackal army to fight against the Lions and they hide the gold in the brothel of Madam Blossom. However, Madam Blossom and his girls form an army of black widows and together with Jack, Zen Yi and The... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Seven clans, a fortune in gold. Let the battle begin. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, strong sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre con los puños de hierro  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,910,980 (USA) (2 November 2012)


$15,608,545 (USA) (14 December 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Abbott, played by Gordon Liu, is the same character referred to by Bill in Kill Bill: Vol 2 as he recounts 'The Legend of Pei Mei' to "The Bride" around the camp fire. He is the ancestor of "The Bride"'s master in Kill Bill. See more »


In the beginning of the film a few modern buildings can be seen in the horizon. See more »


Jackknife: [On hell] Save me a spot by the fire!
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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Serpico (2013) See more »


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Performed by RZA and The Black Keys
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One of the worst films I've seen recently
2 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

RZA's film has some amount of imagination,but, simply put, he has no idea how to build, pace, or tell a story. He has made the unfortunate mistake of imitating a genre he loves without understanding what makes it work. The dialogue is half nonsensical exposition, half nauseating one-liners. Lots of clumsy penis and vagina jokes.

The plot is so diffuse...there is not enough time given to any character for them to be read as an actual character. The film fails in tying together any of these frayed threads and also fails to make what happens in any of them significant or sensible. For example there is a "betrayal" plot which happens in the first two minutes of the film, when there is no context to make that betrayal meaningful, make the traitor seem particularly villainous, etc. The acting is very broad and simplistic, which I guess is to be expected given the things RZA expects them to say. He doesn't seem to understand that all of these things, the characters, dialogue, plot points, etc. are pointless without a proper context.

Some people might be inclined to tell me it's the "point" of the movie to not have a story, to be a loose framework on which a series of fight scenes are hung. I'd first suggest that that is not a meaningful effort to make. But even as a visual spectacle or stylistic effort, it doesn't do very well. All of the fights are basically the same knife/sword play... none of the characters really have a specific fighting style, and the CGI gore lopped onto the fights is excessive and silly. The music cues are embarrassingly overdone...any time the film wants you to feel an emotion, the sappiest orchestral music instantly kicks in, to the beat of a hip hop song.

I think it's possible that RZA could make a good film someday, but this certainly isn't it.

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