Once upon a time, kung fu movies were huge in the United States, despite poor dubbing, and less than quality camera work. An entire generation was exposed not only to the unique styles of Asian cinema, but also to a culture that before was portrayed by incredibly stereotypical characters and white actors in yellow face (for the most part). So when this generation grew up, they of course wanted to pay homage to the movies that inspired them. Two such men are acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino, and Hip-hop megastar/actor RZA (pronounced Ri-Zah for the unintiated). But where as Tarantino’s Kill Bill is regarded as one of the great modern-era martial arts epics, how does the RZA’s debut film hold up?
Let’s take a look at The Man with the Iron Fists.