The Man with the Iron Fists

November 2nd 2012
  • Action/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 96 min,
  • Universal Pictures
  • Cast: RZA, Rick Yune, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Dave Bautista, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu, Zhu Zhu, Chia Hui Liu, Andrew Ng, Kuan Tai Chen, Yoyao Hsueh, Telly Liu, Wen-Jun Dong, Lu Kai, Jin Auyeung, Ka-Yan Leung, Brian Yang, Masanobu Otsuka, Grace Huang, Andrew Lin, Eli Roth, Darren E. Scott, Hong Jia, Pam Grier, Jon T. Benn, Jake Garber, Beau van Erven Dorens, Dennis Chan, Osric Chau, Gang Zhou, Celina Jade, Lian Shuliang, Terence Yin
  • Director: RZA
  • Writers: RZA, Eli Roth
  • Producers: Marc Abraham, Eric Newman, Eli Roth
  • Executive Producers: Thomas A. Bliss, Tom Karnowski, Kristel Laiblin
  • Costume Design: Thomas Chong
  • D.O.P.: Chi Ying Chan
  • Editor: Joe D'Augustine
  • Makeup: Aileen Seaton
  • Music: Howard Drossin
  • Production Design: Drew Boughton


Quentin Tarantino presents "The Man With the Iron Fists," an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. 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 he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.

Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop's most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Shanghai, China
  • MPAA Warning: Bloody violence, strong sexuality, language and brief drug use
  • Production Budget: $20 million
  • Production Companies: Arcade Pictures, Iron Fists
  • Production Schedule: January 2011 - March 2011

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2012 Guide Analysis: "What sounded like a direct-to-video vanity project for a Wu-Tang Clan founding member has grown into a fully fledged $20 million Hollywood movie shot in Shanghai nearly a year ago. RZA makes his directorial debut on this lifelong dream project of his, an epic film that boasts a decent cast, most notably Russell Crowe in a key role.

The story follows a blacksmith who forges weapons for the inhabitants of a village in 19th century feudal China who are soon forced to defend themselves. Eli Roth co-wrote, co-produced and even co-directed small parts of the film which he says "mixes kung fu with a spaghetti Western mindset and a hip hop influence" which means god knows what.

The other week co-star Jamie Chung revealed that the original cut of the film was four hours long and RZA briefly wanted to turn it into two movies but Roth advised him not to (whew). As a result the film has been whittled down and is now locked at a tight 90 minutes with the music currently being worked on. Hong Kong veteran Corey Yuen ("The Transporter") is directing the action scenes, while Quentin Tarantino is serving as producer on the project which will likely get a late Summer release."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 23 November 2012: Spain
  • 29 November 2012: Germany
  • 6 December 2012: Australia
  • 7 December 2012: Ireland, UK
  • 2 January 2012: Belgium, France
  • 11 January 2013: Bulgaria
  • 7 February 2013: Netherlands
  • 8 February 2013: Sweden
  • 21 February 2013: New Zealand