THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
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The Man With The Iron Fists, produced by Quentin Tarantino and co-written by Eli Roth, is director RZA's love letter to the martial arts films he has clearly adored all his life. A chop-socky, viscera-soaked fantasy about Chinese warlords chasing after a cache of gold, The Man With The Iron Fists boasts numerous entertaining kung fu conflagrations that always end with geysers of blood gushing from human bodies. A showcase for some of the finest Asian actors around like the heroic Ric Yune (X-Blade) and the evil Byron Mann (Silver Lion), brothers at war over said cache of gold, The Man With The Iron Fists is cheerfully ultraviolent and decidedly non-PC, with much of the action taking place in the brothel owned and operated by dragon lady killer Lucy Liu (Madam Blossom). Mysteriously out for his own ends is Russell Crowe (Jack Knife), a portly Englishman making fine use of the prostitutes in Liu's brothel before deciding to aid The Man With The Iron Fists for his own reasons. A couple of ways RZA is a different kind of director than Ben Affleck: Unlike Ben in The Town, RZA, who cast himself as the titular Man With The Iron Fists, actually allows himself to get his ass kicked in his own movie. RZA portrays The Blacksmith, a freed slave who ends up in feudal China and has both his arms butchered clean off by the villainous Brassbody, played by former WWE Champion David Bautista. Bautista, the bad ass killer of bad ass killers, can transform his body into impervious living brass via special effects that look much better than Colossus in X-Men: The Last Stand. However, like Ben, RZA does give himself love scenes with his lead actress Jaime Chung (Lady Silk). Why not? It's his movie.