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The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

R | | Action | 2 November 2012 (USA)
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On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.




RZA (story), RZA (screenplay) (as The RZA) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
RZA ... Blacksmith
Rick Yune ... Zen Yi, The X-Blade
Russell Crowe ... Jack Knife
Lucy Liu ... Madam Blossom
Dave Bautista ... Brass Body
Jamie Chung ... Lady Silk
Cung Le ... Bronze Lion
Byron Mann ... Silver Lion
Daniel Wu ... Poison Dagger
Zhu Zhu ... Chi Chi
Chia-Hui Liu ... Abbott (as Gordon Liu)
Andrew Ng ... Senior Monk
Kuan Tai Chen ... Gold Lion
Yoyao Hsueh ... Copper Lion (as Xue Jing Yao)
Telly Liu ... Iron Lion


In Jungle Village, the leader of the Lion's clan Gold Lion is summoned by the Governor and assigned to protect his gold that will be transported through the village. However he is betrayed and murdered by the greedy Silver Lion and Bronze Lion. Gold Lion's favorite son Zen Yi, a.k.a. The X-Blade, seeks revenge and heads to Jungle Village, but he is defeated by Brass Body and rescued by the local Blacksmith Thaddeus. Meanwhile the Gemini Female and the Gemini Male protect the Governor's gold, but they are vanquished by the army of Silver and Bronze Lion. The Blacksmith is abducted by the Lions and has his arms severed by Brass Body. However he is saved by the British Jack Knife, who is the emissary of the Emperor, and he manufactures iron arms for Thaddeus. Meanwhile the Governor sends the Jackal army to fight against the Lions and they hide the gold in the brothel of Madam Blossom. However, Madam Blossom and her girls form an army of black widows and together with Jack, Zen Yi and The... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, strong sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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USA | Hong Kong


English | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre con los puños de hierro See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,910,980, 4 November 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,634,090, 5 June 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,721,245, 5 June 2013
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Technical Specs


| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Byron Mann was initially intended for the role of Poison Dagger, but when the actor who was to play Silver Lion dropped out of the production shortly before shooting, Mann was recast. Many of Silver Lion's attributes, including his psychopathic nature, were originally developed by Mann for the other role. See more »


In the beginning of the film a few modern buildings can be seen in the horizon. See more »


The Blacksmith: When it comes to money, things get funny.
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Written by RZA, Shavo Odadjian, John Frusciante, Inspectah Deck, and Charles Woods
Performed by Wu-Tang Clan
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User Reviews

Extremely violent Kung-Fu movie , being spectacular and colorfully directed in Shanghai
14 April 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It is set in nineteenth century China, Jungle Village is home to several warring clans . On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers . There the African-American blacksmith (RZA) makes deadly weapons for the clans, intending to use his payments to purchase the freedom of his lover Lady Silk (Jamie Chung), and leave the village . As an undercover emissary named Jack Knife (Russell Crowe) arrives in the village to monitor the gold and takes up residence in the Pink Blossom, a brothel run by Madam Blossom (Lucy Liu) . As he leader of the clan called Gold Lion is assigned by the Governor to guard his gold that will be transported through the region . However he is double-crossed and killed by the villain Silver Lion (Byron Mann) and greedy Bronze Lion (Cung Lee) . As seven clans, taken on a fortune in gold , let the battle begin.

This luxurious Kung Fu film was spectacularly filmed with good production design , colorful cinematography , a lot of fierce struggles and breathtaking scenes . The flick displays lots of violence, action filled , thrills and groundbreaking combats . This is a colorful, Shanghai-set and quite budget movie ; leave no cliché untouched , though the fighting are magnificently staged . The flick also contains some sex scenes and nudism in charge of whores of brothel and a lot of blood and gore . The picture is full of tumultuous sequences with frenetic action , surprises ,fierce combats and rousing fights. Amid the glamour and grandeur of the scenarios is developed an intrigue about nasty clans , including betrayal , crime and exploring the dark side of Chinese power . It is a homage to Run Run Shaw classic films , a known producer , recently deceased , of Chop-Socky genre who made lots of successes such as "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" ,"Five Deadly Venoms" "Killer Clans", "Return of the Master Killer" and many others .

This rated ¨R¨ picture is starred by a lot of new and old figures from Kung Fu movies such as Cung Le , Byron Mann , Rick Yune and the veterans Gordon Liu and Dennis Chan . Furthermore , a brief cameo by mythical Pam Grier . Impressive and breathtaking fights with deadly use of fists , feet and palms , along with such weapons as swords, sticks , and lances . And hundreds of armored warriors reenacted by lots of extras . Overwhelming attacks and exciting combats very well staged , the result is a strong entry for action buffs . Kung Fu training scenes are a direct reference in ¨Kill Bill¨ by Quentin Tarantino , enhanced by the fact that Gordon Liu stars in both movies . RZA and Eli Roth worked on the screenplay together over two years, talking through every aspect of the story, down to the detail of every weapon . The first cut of the film was four hours long. RZA suggested splitting it into two films, but producer Eli Roth disagreed, and it was ultimately cut down to approximately 90 minutes. The picture finishes with an opening credits showing a demonstration of martial arts by main actors against an empty backdrop similarly to old Hong-Kong movies of the 70s.

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