Yawnnnn. The excessive gore and violence in “The Man with the Iron Fists” made it boring and juvenile, despite its R rating. The interior of the whorehouse looked like the one from “Kill Bill.” Once in a while, I guess, you have to see a meaningless film to appreciate better ones…
There are several Chinese clans (Gold Lion, Silver Lion, Bronze Lion, Copper Lion, Red Hyena, White Lion, Wolf, etc.) seeking the Emperor’s gold that is being transported somewhere for some reason. Jack Knife (Russell Crow) is undercover to assure its safety. Some hooded guy is killing the competion with mercury darts. Madam Blossom (Lucy Liu) runs a most excellent whorehouse, filled with pretty but deadly ladies, because she is the leader of the Black Widows and also wants the gold.
RZA (director, writer, actor) plays the Blacksmith who forges weapons for all the bad guys, as well as trinkets for the villagers. His girlfriend is one of the whores, Lady Silk (Jamie Chung), but he is working extra hard to earn the money needed to free her from Madam Blossom’s employ. Then, along comes Brass Body (huge Dave Bautista), who cuts off the Blacksmith’s forearms/hands and kills Lady Silk when she tries to kill him in bed. The Blacksmith forges some super strong iron replacements for himself, so he can save the day and the gold, of course…Oh, and there is coarse sex, too.
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars.