Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA is a stranger to neither martial arts nor the film industry. From the ’70s and ’80s kung-fu flicks that inspired the early efforts of the Wu to his acting appearance in Ghost Dog to his scoring Ghost Dog and Kill Bill, the genre has inspired plenty of great work from the producer / actor / writer / emcee / composer. RZA’s upcoming directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fists, is a further celebration of the martial arts film, and from the red-band trailer released today, it looks pretty sweet.
Iron Fists, which he also co-wrote with Eli Roth, reunites him with Kill Bill maestro Quentin Tarantino (who “presents” the film) and Lucy Liu, to whose Kill BIll character RZA wrote an ode for the soundtrack. Joining them are Russell Crowe, WWE wrestler Dave Bautista and another favored Tarantino actress, Pam Grier. RZA plays the blacksmith of a town in feudal China forced to make weapons. When power, money and rivalries lead to the seven clans breaking out in war, it’s up to the blacksmith to restore peace to the village. In between Point A and Point B, from what can be gleaned from the trailer, there’s a lot of clinking of steel, removal of already-skimpy clothing, cartoony fake blood spurts, lots of explosions and sweet, gravity-defying combat scenes. Sounds like a good time.
And here’s RZA’s “Ode to O-Ren Ishi-ii” from the Kill Bill: Vol 1 soundtrack: