The Man with the Iron Fists is an awesome movie. I remember seeing it being advertised incredibly heavily during WWE programming at the time. I kinda wrote it off at the time because of the fact that at the time the quality of the movies that they were advertising were less than stellar. I hadn’t really had a chance to see it until now. I’m glad that I finally watched it because this is an awesome movie. This is one of the best homages to classic kung fu movies that I’ve seen.
There’s no one better that I could think of to pay homage to classic kung fu movies than RZA. He directed and came up with the story for The Man with the Iron Fists while writing with script with Eli Roth. I knew that RZA was a fan of those movies because of all of the references to them in Wu Tang songs. The movie feels like a classic kung fu movie with more modern effects.
RZA also stars in the movie. Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Lui, Byron Mann, Rick Yune, Dave Bautista, and Jamie Chung also star. Mann plays an incredible villain. The main thing that I know him from is Street Fighter where he played Ryu. This is a very different role for him, and he makes the most of it. Crowe and Yune both play fun and interesting roles. Not only are they part of the main trio of characters, but they also have interesting names. Crowe plays Jack Knife and Yune plays the X-Blade. Dave Bautista, or just Batista as I knew him when this came out, is great in this. He is just as intimidating as you would hope he would be. Knowing how good he is makes me wish he was able to take more roles like this or in Spectre. I want to see him be able to flex his bad guy muscles more. RZA isn’t just the third member of the main trio but he’s also the narrator for the movie. That’s not to mention the various cameos and other members of the cast that make the movie so fantastic.
The effects in the movie are fantastic. The practical effects in the movie were done by Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger, which is an instant stamp of quality. All of the practical effects fit right in with the setting. The CG effects look a little awkward but that comes from the advancements in the programs used for them. That being said they don’t look terrible, just dated. The set and costume design in the movie are on a different level. Both make the movie feel like a movie that The Man with the Iron Fists pays homage to. The score for the movie was made by RZA and Howard Drossin. This is what the gives the movie the most modern feel, outside of the CG effects.
The Man with the Iron Fists is an awesome kung fu movie that pays homage to the movies that came before. I know that there’s a sequel to the movie but I’m not sure if I’ll actively look to watch it. I think you should watch it if you’re a fan of classic kung fu movies or really just kung fu movies in general. You can stream The Man with the Iron Fists on HBO Max until the end of March. I give The Man with the Iron Fists 9 iron fists out of 10.