It was probably inevitable that RZA would eventually strike out and make his own martial arts movie. The Wu-Tang Clan‘s resident beatmaker, chess genius, philosopher and more has made no secret of his love for the cheapie chopsocky movies he watched growing up from the very moment Enter The 36 Chambers dropped and blew minds. But that it would turn out be as outrageously fun-looking as it does here makes it all the more a pleasant surprise.
Presented by his pal Quentin Tarantino (remember, RZA played a vital role on the soundtracks to the “Kill Bill” films), and co-written by Eli Roth, the major points this movie gets are for being completely aware that it can have fun and not be so ponderous. And thank God for that. Because it allows RZA and the the rest of the cast, Lucy Liu (“Power belongs to no one until it is seized through sex and violence.”), Jamie Chung, Pam Grier, Cung Le and Russell Crowe as the villain (nice) have a ball chewing the scenery with some nice one-liners, while the action looks to be gloriously excessive, bloody and eyeball-removing fun. RZA has clearly not only studied kung fu flicks, he’s pushing the genre into new territory visually.
Featuring new songs by The Black Keys, Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, Wiz Khalifa, Wu-Tang Clan and RZA himself, it sounds like this will have a soundtrack worth tracking down as well. Hitting theaters this fall, “Iron Fists” looks be a popcorn diversion from the punishing awards season race. Watch below. [IGN]