The Man with the Iron Fists is a mindless two-hour movie with plenty of nods to the old Kung Fu flicks. The violence is over the top, the dialogue is intentionally cheesy, and the soundtrack is fantastic. The movie was directed by RZA, of Wu-Tang Clan fame. The Wu-Tang Clan has always referenced classic Kung-Fu movies in their songs, and this movie is the RZA’s nod to those films.
The movie is about seven warring clans. RZA also stars as a blacksmith in the village in which the battles take place. Russell Crowe plays a mysterious cowboy who seems to show up right when the violence starts. Lucy Lu also pops up as the head of one of the clans. The acting was over the top by all people involved, but was done so on purpose. The voices sounded like they were dubbed, even though they were not, but again, that was done for a reason.
If you enjoy the martial arts movies of the 70’s and 80’s, this movie is for you. There were plenty of inside jokes and references. The pacing was great in this movie, and the direction of RZA was surprisingly excellent. The special effects are awesome, and the fight scenes are very well done.