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Director:
RZA
Writers:
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Release Date:
2 November 2012 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Seven clans, a fortune in gold. Let the battle begin. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Directed by
RZA 
 
Writing credits
RZA (story)

RZA (screenplay) (as The RZA) and
Eli Roth (screenplay)

Produced by
Marc Abraham .... producer
Thomas A. Bliss .... executive producer
Joe Carlone .... associate producer
Tom Karnowski .... executive producer
Kristel Laiblin .... executive producer
Eric Newman .... producer
Eli Roth .... producer
Doris Tse .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Howard Drossin 
RZA 
 
Cinematography by
Chi Ying Chan 
 
Film Editing by
Joe D'Augustine 
 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
 
Production Design by
Drew Boughton 
 
Art Direction by
Horace Ma Kwong Wing 
 
Costume Design by
Thomas Chong 
 
Makeup Department
Erin Ayanian .... makeup artist: Lucy Liu
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects (as Jacob Garber)
Rena Grady .... makeup artist
Jake McKinnon .... special makeup effects
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects
Aileen Seaton .... makeup & hair designer
 
Production Management
Christopher Bates .... production supervisor
Irene Chan .... line production supervisor
Kim Hung Fan .... unit production manager
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
Cj Stewart .... post-production manager: Post Matters
April YeFang .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Chan .... second assistant director (as Joe Chan Chi Ho)
Thomas Chow .... first assistant director (as Thomas Chow Wai Kwan)
Ban Jiang Ku Er .... on-set assistant director (as Ku Er Ban Jiang)
Pauline Ling Sun .... second assistant director: second unit (as Pauline Sun Ling)
Felicia Tang .... first assistant director: second unit (as Feli Tang)
Huan Yang .... second second assistant director: second unit (as Yang Huan)
Allison Lok Kam Yuen .... second second assistant director (as Allison Yuen Lok Kam)
 
Sound Department
Erik Aadahl .... sound designer
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Odin Benitez .... supervising sound editor
Scott Brewster .... adr recordist
Steve Chan Wai Hung .... sound
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Derek Deitz .... foley mixer
Chris Diebold .... assistant sound editor
Trevor Gates .... additional sound editor
Trevor Gates .... foley mixer
Jason Gaya .... adr mixer
Ginger Geary .... foley artist
George Hauty .... assistant sound editor
Angela Hemingway .... adr editor
Xun Huang .... sound mixer: second unit
Steven Iba .... sound effects editor
John Marquis .... supervising sound editor
Eliza Pollack Zebert .... adr editor
Spencer Schwieterman .... foley mixer
Marc Tan Li-Shen .... second boom operator
Kelly Vockel .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernard Weiser .... supervising dialogue editor (as Barnard Weiser)
Christopher T. Welch .... adr editor (as Chris Welch)
 
Special Effects by
Shing Chan .... special effects foreman (as Chan Shing)
Yau Ting Lam .... special effects foreman (as Lam Yau Ting)
Wai Kit Lau .... special effects supervisor (as Arthur Lau Wai Kit)
 
Visual Effects by
Travis Baumann .... digital compositor: Gradient FX
Cecil Man Ching Cheng .... visual effects producer
Tarn Fox .... visual effects producer: Post Matters
Blane Granstaff .... digital compositor
Brock Jolet .... digital compositor
Emir Karasakal .... visual effects artist
Jesse Landry .... visual effects artist: Post Matters
Joseph Langdale .... visual effects artist: Post Matters
Wai Kwong Lo .... senior animator (lighting and compositing ) (as Ken Lo)
Don Ma .... visual effects supervisor
James Owens .... visual effects editor
Sharina Radia .... visual effects producer: Gradient FX
James A. Reed .... rotoscoping artist
Persis Reynolds .... visual effects producer: Gradient Effects
Michael Rung .... digital compositor
Dustin Seltzer .... digital compositor
D.J. Shea .... visual effects supervisor: Post Matters
Prasanna Siddharthan .... digital compositor: Gradient Effects
Olcun Tan .... visual effects supervisor: Gradient Effects
Thomas Tannenberger .... visual effects supervisor: Gradient Effects
Erkan Ozgur Yilmaz .... CG supervisor
Ilhan Yilmaz .... visual effects artist
Fikret Cihan Çiçekel .... visual effects artist
Batuhan Özer .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Marrese Crump .... martial arts double: RZA
Jian Yong Guo .... stunt supervisor (as Guo Jian Yong)
Fang Liu .... assistant stunt supervisor (as Liu Fang)
Christian Noel .... stunt double
Ian Powers .... stunt double
Jian Yong Qi .... assistant stunt supervisor
Corey Yuen .... action coordinator
Corey Yuen .... martial arts choreographer (as Cory Yuen)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Cheung .... director of photography: second unit
 
Casting Department
Denise Chamian .... casting: U.S.
Mike Leeder .... casting: Hong Kong
Zoe Thompson .... casting: China
 
Editorial Department
Reza Amidi .... digital conformist
Alison Anthony .... digital intermediate producer
Chris Clark .... color scientist
Zach Fine .... first assistant editor
Trent Johnson .... digital film colorist
Dane McMaster .... assistant editor
Cybelle Sato .... digital intermediate producer
Rob Schlegel .... additional editor
Benjamin Sutor .... on-line editor
Jay Trautman .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Howard Drossin .... orchestrator
Howard Drossin .... synth programmer
Greg Hayes .... music scoring mixer
Carter Little .... music supervisor
Marvin R. Morris .... music editor
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Philip Stevenson .... musician: additional guitar
Adam Swart .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Zhou Wei Hong Amy .... assistant accountant
Hyun Min Bae .... titles
Devin Ballard .... titles
Mark Barclay .... assistant to Thomas Bliss
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Vic Chao .... loop group
Alexandre Chen .... adr voice group
China Chen .... loop group
Yi Song 'Scarlet' Chen .... script supervisor
Lujan Decima .... titles
Pamela B. Green .... titles (as Pamela Green)
Jack W. Haddox .... production controller
Victor A. Haddox .... key assistant accountant
Karen Huie .... loop group
Hyunsun Joo .... titles
Steven M. Kalb .... production attorney
Kassi King .... loop group
Jim Lau .... adr actor
Chiu Wah Lee .... production consultant
Joyce Liu .... adr group
Sharlene M. Liu .... loop group
Jesse Rose Moore .... assistant to Mr. Newman
Elizabeth Pan .... loop group
John Portnoy .... end crawl
Tony Shu .... loop group
Georgia Simon .... loop group
Bina Stange .... calligrapher: titles
Skip Stellrecht .... loop group
Quentin Tarantino .... presenter
Celine Tien .... voice
Ian Tien .... voice
Tina Tong .... loop group
Phoebe Upke .... titles
Jarik Van Sluijs .... titles
Bill Wang .... production accountant
Angelica Wu .... loop group
Ping Wu .... loop group
Max Le Le Yang .... assistant to director
Max Le Le Yang .... script translator
Corey Yuen .... martial arts choreographer
Jamie Zakoski .... assistant to Mr. Abraham
Nikhil Jassawalla .... consultant (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for bloody violence, strong sexuality, language and brief drug use
Runtime:
95 min | 107 min (unrated version)
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Trivia:
WILHELM SCREAM: As Thaddeus throws a man from the balcony.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the beginning of the film a few modern buildings can be seen in the horizon.See more »
Quotes:
The Blacksmith:When it comes to money, things get funny.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Great MoVie Mistakes (2013) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
White DressSee more »

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121 out of 174 people found the following review useful.
Confucius says, stick to rapping., 9 December 2012

Produced (not directed or written) by Quentin Tarantino (so you know it's going to be bad) "The Man with the Iron Fists", Wu Tang Clan member RZA's first try behind the camera, doesn't disappoint as far as "bad" movies go. This is truly an exercise in visual and structural ineptitude, which could only be the work of an amateur filmmaker. RZA, starring alongside an obese Russell Crowe and Cung Le (which should tell you all you need to know) in this rather poor grindhouse homage to old Kung Fu movies, narrates the simplistic story of a black blacksmith (RZA) who must protect his village from a deadly band of assassins. But even this story takes a hit, as it becomes overcomplicated by RZA's dreadful storytelling abilities. This mess of a film also stars Lucy Liu, who is by far the most tolerable character, playing the Madam of the town brothel. But not even Liu playing a watered down version of her character in "Kill Bill: Vol: 1" or a halfway decent final battle sequence can conceal the amount of problems that essentially cut "The Man with the Iron Fists" off at the wrists. Truthfully, I haven't wanted to like a movie this much and been so very disappointed by the result since "Battle LA".

Why is this movie so bad? Well, the fact that the entire movie distractingly switches back and forth from English to Mandarin (I am only speculating) for reasons unexplained to the viewer, is the first of many head shakingly dreadful decisions made by RZA. But for a more in-depth breakdown, the following is a very brief (that is, if you enjoy long rants) analysis of RZA's first film:

RZA is no writer: While the classic Martial Arts film concept itself is interesting, the script co-written by RZA himself, as well as Eli Roth (Tarantino's protégé) is rather weak. Surprisingly RZA (only one of the best DJ's/lyricist alive) can't write dialogue to save his life. And while Roth has never been a master of the spoken word himself, it becomes all too obvious between which lines of dialogue RZA has written and which are insertions from Roth, when a character goes on a stiff 5 minute rant that ends with a rather Tarantino-esque one-liner. As for the story itself, the problem lies in that it becomes overly cramped with stupid subplots. Every time the story begins to head in a finite direction, RZA does his damnedest to add another idiotic twist, or have the character cease all action in order to spout out one more bit of needless exposition, complicating matters for an audience that was barely on board to begin with.

RZA is no director: Sometimes a filmmaker can get away with gratuitous violence because it is intricate to the story (or sometimes simply on pedigree alone). But when your story hangs on by a thread and your directing is suspect, the sporadic occurrence of intense brutality doesn't so much come off as shocking, as much as it adds to the clunkiness of the film. Now, RZA does use some stylized camera techniques that obtain a semblance of that cool-factor he is looking for, but yet again, problems arise when he uses them in excess.

RZA is no actor: Maybe the least important aspect of a grindhouse film like this is the acting, although there is something to be said for a self controlled actor who knows how to overact. In saying that, every scene with RZA, is almost comically stunted by his inability to hold his own around A and B-list actors and actresses. His own character must run the gambit of emotions here, from anger, to sorrow, to a man who is in severe anguish. So, if anything, his own script asks too much of him.

Something good: If you try hard enough, you can probably find something good to say about any movie…well, maybe except for "Grown Ups". In the case of "The Man with the Iron Fists"…um…well…the soundtrack is good (although, at times ridiculously misused) but this is to be expected since music is what RZA does (NOT DIRECTING). Final Thought: I do realize the intention of a film like "The Man with the Iron Fists" is to champion a hardy slathering of over-the-topness, but that doesn't change the fact that this is quietly one of the worst directed films of the year. At times it's so bad that one would wonder how Quentin Tarantino thought it was a good idea to financially back this project at all. But on the other hand, it wouldn't shock me if it were to come to light that Tarantino had given RZA the money, called up a few of his actor buddies, and told Eli Roth to make his script readable, as a repayment for RZA's work on the Kill Bill soundtracks.

Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland

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