The population of a Jungle Village must defend themselves from a treacherous sibling duo bent on stealing gold from the Chinese Empire. A local blacksmith (RZA) forges the weapons that aid in their battle, until he is dismembered by a ruthless group of outlaws. The meager worker creates two cast iron fists as prosthetics, they also happen to make the lowly blacksmith into a nearly indomitable force. Russell Crowe, who appears to have drifted in off the set of The Quick and the Dead, plays a English gunslinger and Lucy Liu stars as the madame of a fine brothel in Jungle Village. This period action thriller features great supporting work from this aforementioned but also Byron Mann as Silver Lion, Rick Yune playing the returning prince Zen Yi, The X-Blade and the beautiful Jamie Chung.
Undoubtedly well-casted, The Man with the Iron Fists provides just enough thrills, camp and martial arts fury to rank high on the guilty pleasure barometer. If you can make it past the opening 40 minutes, you will be rewarded with some of the finest pure kung-fu glory not seen on the big screen since the days of the Shaw Bros. This is not your parents Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, laced with extreme violence and a mischievous sense of loving homage, TMWTIF cuts deep.
Stars: Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu