The Man With the Iron Fists
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The Man With the Iron Fists
Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA-alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu-tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all. Since his arrival in China's Jungle Village, the town's blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans' brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon. As… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As befits a Tarantino-endorsed production, the anachronisms, one-liners and clashing acting styles are ostensibly part of the fun, but both the martial arts and the slightly dull narrative patchwork are too choppily edited to gain much of a foothold."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out New York
"If Iron Fists is sometimes badly made, it is refreshingly badly made."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"The Man with the Iron Fists is an off-balanced and bloated martial arts film that barely gets by on its gorgeous set design."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"The movie is undeniably colorful and action-packed, and gorier than a slaughterhouse floor. But something's missing."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"One is occasionally infuriated by the archness of the exercise. But there is a charming innocence to Fists' faith in the values of 1970s cross-cultural exploitation."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Lunatic, slipshod, absurdly violent, horribly acted, and borderline incomprehensible."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"No matter the medium, RZA is a world-builder who has conceptualized the contours of the rich, bloody, dense universe he created down to the most insignificant details."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"When you team with Eli Roth, who has the writing talent of a sociopathic thirteen year old boy on Ritalin, what can you possibly expect but swill?"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The violence is extreme and preposterous, the fights ingeniously choreographed, the producer Tarantino (his actual credit is "presents")."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A vacuous but fun exercise in chop-sock style over substance."
‑ David Michael Brown, Empire Magazine Australasia
"There's little happening here except slavish imitation and embarrassing hackwork."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The blood spurts, the knives shoot out, and the fists fly - but The Man with the Iron Fists never takes off."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"A scrappily authentic and entertainingly bloody tribute to old-school chopsocky films and taken purely on those terms, there's not a lot to complain about."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"The fists, feet and digital blood go flying in this enjoyable, frenetic, largely forgettable chop-socky extravaganza about, well, about a man with iron fists who gets into lots of fights."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Given the talent on board, this registers as a disappointment, but even with the clunky dialogue and subpar fight scenes, it's watchable fun."
‑ Stephen Lambrechts, FILMINK (Australia)
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