The Man With the Iron Fists (2012)



Critic Consensus: Messy kung-fu homage The Man with the Iron Fists demonstrates a slavish affection for the genre it mimics, for better or worse.

Movie Info

Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA-alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu-tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all. Since his arrival in China's Jungle Village, the town's blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans' brewing war boils … More

Rating: R (for bloody violence, strong sexuality, language and brief drug use)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: The Rza, RZA, Eli Roth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 12, 2013
Box Office: $15.6M
Universal Studios - Official Site


as Jack Knife

as Madame Blossom

as Bronze Lion

as Silver Lion

as Zen Yi, The X-Blade

as Brass Body

as Blacksmith

as Poison Dagger

as Blacksmith's Assista...

as Rodent Chief

as Lady Silk

as Chi Chi

as Abbot

as Senior Monk

as Gold Lion

as Copper Lion

as Iron Lion

as White Lion

as Lion Clan Messenger

as Lion Clan Servant

as Hyena Chief

as Grey Hyena

as Blue Hyena

as Yellow Hyena

as Red Hyena

as Gemini Female

as Gemini Male

as Wolf Clan Leader

as Wolf Clan #2

as Jackal Captain

as Jack Lieutenant

as Lady Tagmata

as Crazy Hippo's Widow

as Jack Knife's Widow #...

as Jack Knife's Widow #...

as Master John

as Dragon Innkeeper

as Crazy Hippo

as Dragon Inn Singer

as Tailor

as Urchin Girl

as Rodent Innkeeper

as Governor

as Brass Body

as Blacksmith

as Gold Lion

as Chan
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Critic Reviews for The Man With the Iron Fists

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (12)

All that matters here are cockamamie anachronistic music cues, low-rent filmmaking and one spectacularly hammy turn from Russell Crowe.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

The Man with the Iron Fists is an off-balanced and bloated martial arts film that barely gets by on its gorgeous set design.

Full Review… | February 17, 2013
We Got This Covered

When you team with Eli Roth, who has the writing talent of a sociopathic thirteen year old boy on Ritalin, what can you possibly expect but swill?

Full Review… | January 11, 2013
Cinema Crazed

A scrappily authentic and entertainingly bloody tribute to old-school chopsocky films and taken purely on those terms, there's not a lot to complain about.

Full Review… | December 17, 2012

The movie is undeniably colorful and action-packed, and gorier than a slaughterhouse floor. But something's missing.

Full Review… | December 17, 2012

The violence is extreme and preposterous, the fights ingeniously choreographed, the producer Tarantino (his actual credit is "presents").

Full Review… | December 9, 2012
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Man With the Iron Fists

Seven clans, a fortune in gold. Let the battle begin.

Good Movie! The score was great. An interesting mix of hip hop, symphonic and other genres. The costuming, weaponry, set design were all great and looked great on film. This film had a lot of funny moments. As an adult, I can appreciate the humor from a dirty joke and they did them well. The fighting and action were awesome. The acting was okay, but I think the best job goes to Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe because they gave the best performances. Overall, the movie is just a fun flick to go rent on a Friday night. Lots of blood, decapitation, fun martial arts, subliminal dirty jokes, sarcastic humor, special effects, and a unique, urban take on the classic Kung Fu films we've learn to love over the years. This is not a movie you waste your time dissecting. You either love it or you hate. I took the movie for what it was and I loved every minute of it. It had everything an action flick should have, great action, great costumes, great weapons, solid plot and good actors.

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 his girls form an army of black widows and together with Jack, Zen Yi and The Blacksmith, they fight against the Lions.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


I'm struggling to decide: was this a decent movie with some really bad parts, or a terrible movie with a couple of awesome parts? "Uneven" is the best way to describe RZA's directorial debut, in which a plot resembling an inner-city gang war (and vaguely reminiscent of 70s blaxploitation films) is transposed to 19th century China, and the director plays the blacksmith arming both sides and caught in the middle. The supporting cast is so-so - I've never thought Lucy Liu much of an actor, but Russell Crowe acquits himself well - and though Tarantino put some money behind the picture, it comes off looking sorely imitative, using a lot of Tarantino's stylistic calling cards but lacking his smoothness and never quite confirming whether it's tongue-in-cheek or whether we should take it at face value. It was an interesting departure and its flaws can teach you a lot about film-making, but it's far from essential viewing.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Writer, director, screenplay, actor...awful, awful, awful, awful. I really can't decide which one RZA was worse at. The hip-hop soundtrack was out of place also. Shame on Russell Crowe, and Lucy Liu for even being involved in this fiasco...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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