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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a comic made movie.
Tipical movie with chinese people (and Russell Crowe) fighting with impossible movements and impossible weapons. It's like Dragon Ball comic with real actors. I'd like it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Action!
As action flicks go, very enjoyable, great action. Exactly what you might expect. No surprises here. Or are there? Mmmmm.....
Published 6 months ago by Hensen


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Action!, 12 Oct 2013
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Hensen "rock DJ" (Tilburg, The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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As action flicks go, very enjoyable, great action. Exactly what you might expect. No surprises here. Or are there? Mmmmm.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great special effects little else, 7 Aug 2013
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A. Murphy (Dorset, England England) - See all my reviews
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This could have been a great film set in China with wonderful characters and english speaking chinese actors/actresses. Sadly it relies heavily on the flying tigers strings special effect a large part of the time to let the fights appear above air and slick. Unfortunately the characters are left behind and the story becomes secondary and its just one big special effects fights most of the time. Such a waste of time and talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a comic made movie., 31 Jan 2014
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Tipical movie with chinese people (and Russell Crowe) fighting with impossible movements and impossible weapons. It's like Dragon Ball comic with real actors. I'd like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay movie, 15 Nov 2013
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Enjoyed it but the movie fails towards the end due to the man with the iron fists terrible fight scenes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Man with the Iron Fists, 14 Oct 2013
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R. Thomas "unreadable" (S Wales) - See all my reviews
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Lots of blood and improbable fight sequences, a touch of fantasy, Russell Crowe with several accents and RZA - a rapper and this film's director and co-writer - as the titular fellow with ferrous hands. "Quentin Tarantino presents" it says above the title on the DVD sleeve and his influence is present in pretty much every shot, including his apparent inability to draw brilliant performances out of the cast. Exactly the sort of movie you would expect the Wu-Tang head honcho to make, although I came into it hoping for a few sly references to the group's work: there is a man with a brass body (almost an Ironman), but alas no killers with ghost faces. Or indeed any old dirty bar stewards. A fun homage to cheap martial arts movies of the 70's that feels like it comes at the end of a long series, but not in all honesty a particularly great film: 6 out of 10.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars YOUR BUSINESS IS MY PLEASURE, 15 May 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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Addison Smith (RZA) is a blacksmith in an anachronistic 19th century medieval Oriental village. His plan is to leave the area with his prostitute girlfriend Lady Silk (Jamie Chung) to whom he gives his money to put away for when they escape. There are two villages/ clans that are in battle with each other, the Lions and the Wolves who come complete with their own puns. The emperor asks the head of the Lions, Gold Lion (Kuan Tai Chen) to take a shipment of gold to a northern village as some sort of peace offering (plot isn't important in this film). He is betrayed and killed by his two deputies, Silver and Bronze Lion. I think you see where this naming thing is going...move over James Bond.

Zen Yi, The X-Blade (Rick Yune) decides to avenge his father's death while Silver Lion has declared war on the Wolf Clan and the Geminis escort the gold. To add to the confusion, Silver Lion has hired the impenetrable Brass Body (Dave Bautista) to hunt Zen Yi while Jack Knife (Russell Crowe) a British killer fortune seeker hangs out at the very colorful brothel called the Pink Blossom run by Madam Blossom (Lucy Liu).

This film includes a modern hip-hop sound track complete with MF and N words. The martial arts fighting ignores the laws of gravity. The blood squirts are over the top bright red. Zen Yi has spring loaded 8 inch spikes that pop out of 2 inches of armor. The fighting is extremely choreographed. Of course there is the signature Tarantino restaurant scene and split screen. No weird flashbacks. RZA didn't copy that. Worth a view for "Kill Bill" fans.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, N-word, sex, no nudity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 9 Dec 2013
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Possibly one of the worst films I have ever seen, weak story, boring characters and poor martial arts. Dont buy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A homage to the martial arts genre, 17 Dec 2012
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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In 19th-Century China, the clans rule supreme in Jungle village. The blacksmith (RZA) is extremely skilled at weapon-making due to the insatiable demand for quality weapons in Jungle village. When the leader of the Lion clan (Gold) is murdered by his subordinates (Silver & Bronze) - the prodigal son of Gold returns to avenge his death. But Silver & Bronze have made provisions for this and recruit mercenary Brass Body (David Bautista) to safeguard their transition to power. Meanwhile, a gold shipment arrives in Jungle village guarded by the Gemini clan and the British send their emissary Jack Knife (Russell Crowe - Gladiator) to ensure its smooth transition through the village, but the other clans all want a piece of the action, who will end up on top?

Firstly, this really is a homage to classic MA films, there are multiple points where the sets and costume look like something Bruce Lee would star in. Obviously, there is slightly more flair and some of the sets are truly beautiful - the Pink Blossom for instance is a beautifully timber building with pink-leafed trees in the courtyards, accented by the madam's kimono (Lucy Liu - Kill Bill) - all of the clans have their own signature look and I particularly enjoyed the notably different weapons & stylings - the yin-yang sword of the Gemini was a fantastic addition. That is a point to note; that a lot of the effects and fight-scenes rely heavily on CGI, but when you have people turning into metal at the drop of a hat, that might have to be taken with a pinch of salt.

This is RZA's production through & through, as he wrote, produced, directed & scored this film with Quentin Tarantino's blessing. The soundtrack is also incredible, featuring original tracks from notable artists such as The Black Keys for example. This really does set this film apart from the usual fare. Crowe's role as the debauch and debonair Jack Knife was a real-treat.

So all in all, this a fantastically coherent Martial Arts movie that has some ridiculous points, but all for the name of entertainment. It is a picturesque experience throughout and I really enjoyed the stylings, sets, costume and soundtrack to boot. If you are a fan of hip-hop or Wutang Clan - the soundtrack is really worth an investigation. Solid performances from the entire cast, an interesting story, new music from some great artists makes this a film that is really worth your time & money. Recommended!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the adverts made out, 21 Jun 2013
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Weird soundtrack for something set in what 20's china? Did not mix well with the settings or fight scenes which were choreographed well. Quite a shame really it could have been great, sadly the rap spoilt the whole feel for me, it was just so out of place. Just because your hero is black doesn't mean the music has to be urban especially in a fantasy/ adventure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars poor first act, but definitely improves to be a decent homage to both 70s martial arts movies, and spaghetti westerns, 3 Feb 2014
This movie had some real problems, and I was getting bored in the first act. It looked pretty, the action scenes were decent to very good, and you could tell care was taken over the look and feel. However, it really fell short in terms of narrative coherence, and and sort of character building. It felt like a lot of fussy scenes that weren't building to anything involving characters you really couldn't care about.

However, it did get better as it went on. In the second act, things started to line up, and there was a better sense of cohesion, and things made sense, which dragged me from apathy to paying better attention.

By the time the final act/finale started rolling, I was fully engaged, really digging the visuals, and whilst the action could have been editing better, I found myself enjoying the ideas, panache and sheer amound of mayhem going on.

Overall, yes I enjoyed it, but I nearly turned off 20 minutes in because it seemed diffuse and more like strung together action scenes rather than a coherent whole, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

It obviously was a homage to 70s martial arts movies, and also a homage to the subgenre of spaghetti Western where gadgets are significant - the most famout example being the Sabata movies, I guess.

Fun, but the first 30 minutes are something to put up with, rather than enjoy. The rest is fine though.
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