Former Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA directs, co-writes (with Eli Roth) and stars in this chopsocky pastiche; he even narrates the proceedings with a voiceover so flat you wonder if his metalworker character has shot himself with a poisoned dart. The plot finds RZA’s blacksmith joining forces with an outcast heir (Rick Yune) and a British visitor (Russell Crowe) who at first shows more interest in Lucy Liu’s women than in taking on Byron Mann’s usurping clan leader. As befits a Tarantino-endorsed production, the anachronisms, one-liners and clashing acting styles are 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.
The Man with the Iron Fists
Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Dave Bautista, Jamie Chung, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu
The Man with the Iron Fistshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1258972