A new addition to Tarantino’s gritty film collection
By: Tabitha Hudnall
“Man with the Iron Fists”, a new movie by hip hop superstar RZA and Quentin Tarantino, opened in theaters this past week. Tarantino is recognizable from his movies “Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction” and series “Kill Bill”. Being a fan of Tarantino’s movies, I expected to see a lot of fight scenes and blood. From the beginning of the movie, I could tell my expectations were correct.
“Man with the Iron Fists” is very gritty and gory. The story is set in Jungle Village, Japan, where notorious gangs such as the Lion Clan clash with the Wolf Clan on a regular basis. The main conflict is over a huge stash of gold being transported through the village by order of the Emperor, and everybody wants a piece of the treasure.
The main character and narrator is the blacksmith of the town, played by famous hip hop artist RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. Blacksmith is tortured and his arms are cut off half-way by Brass Body (David Bautista) who is part of the Lion Clan. With the help of Jack Knife (Russell Crowe) an English mercenary, he forges iron arms in order to beat Brass Body, therefore becoming the “Man with the Iron Fists”.
The main fights in the story take place in the town brothel, owned by Madam Blossom (played by Lucy Liu). These battles are very gory, but corny as well. They reminded me of a fight taken out of an old school Bruce Lee movie, with about ten times the blood. After watching all of Tarantino’s films, it was obvious he used the same fighting techniques as in his movie series Kill Bill.
I really enjoyed the soundtrack of the movie. Instead of having Japanese style music that you would normally hear in a movie such as this, they incorporated music from hip hop groups like the Wu Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye, and the Black Keys, which gave the film a more high energy and more modern sense to it.
On the rating scale of five, I would give this movie a three. I’ve seen all of Quentin Tarantino’s films, and although I love them, this simply wasn’t his best. It is the perfect movie to watch on a boring evening.