UPDATE 4/23/15: The film is now streaming on Netflix.
Now wait – I
know what you’re thinking: When did “The Man with the Iron Fists 2: The Sting of
the Scorpion” come out in the theaters? The answer is that it didn’t. The sequel
to RZA’s martial arts 2012 directorial debut, which he also wrote and played the lead role in, is an old fashioned straight-to-DVD sequel.
types of films are sequels to theatrical feature films that under-performed at
the box office, but did extremely well on DVD, cable and other video delivery formats.
Home Video, which still makes quite a number of straight-to-DVD movies, decided
to split the difference, as it were, and started cranking out lower budgeted straight-to-DVD
sequels, to capitalize on the popularity of their original films, as with the case
of “Iron Fists.”
this time centers around “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 (RZA,
of course) looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.”
who co-wrote and stars in the film, along with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Rick
Yune , left the directing reins to Roel Reiné this time, who has previously helmed a few other
Universal straight-to-DVD releases.
will be released on April 14th, and will include both the R-rated and unrated
versions of the film, along with a “making of” feature, and commentaries by both
Reine and RZA.