Written October 25, 2014
I remember in the early 90's when the RZA talked about his passion for classic Kung Fu movies. He's finally had a chance to make one of his own... and it's faithful to its predecessors.
What does that mean? The plot is predictable, the characters are simple, the acting is bad, the comedy is corny, and the action is outlandish. Do not go expecting a new age martial arts master piece. This movie is no Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. What it is is old fashioned fun.
Even though this movie is presented by Tarantino, it is not a true Tarantino movie. He neither directed or produced it. If you like the Kung Fu movies of days gone by, this flick is for you. If not, this may end up being a so-so movie for you.
Written January 27, 2015
It's good if you are into kung fu movies, but this is a very confused movie. It can't decide what it wants to be and honestly RZA's performance made it all the worse. Replace RZA with a chinese actor and make the story ACTUALLY about the man with the iron fists, and it would have been better. Gore and action scenes were good though. Russell Crowe was awesome!
Written April 21, 2015
Watching this movie brought me back to the '80s when I watched Kung Fu Theatre on USA. This movie was no block buster but it was a retro homage to those movies that entertained so many. If you enjoy being entertained by classic martial arts films with all of the impossibilities and mysticism that the old world fighting styles bring than this is definitely the movie for you.
Written March 31, 2015
RZA did a lovely job for his obviously first foray into film-making. Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu sure seemed like they were having a great time with their parts, and that's always nice to see. The violence was in the spirit of a Frank Miller graphic novel or a Quentin Tarantino exploitation flick - very gory and enjoyable - you'll laugh out loud! Probably wouldn't see again, but it was great for a popcorn flick.
Written April 27, 2015
Right about now I wish I bought tickets to the Katy Perry movie. I'd like to say simply this movie was bad but that would be disparaging the word bad and all its connotations. The acting is brutal. Lucy Lui looks as old as the mustard packets in my fridge, RCA or RZA or whatever his call sign is looks like an anemic blacksmith. When they do a panoramic shot of the hotel you can see other buildings (brick!) on the studio lot. If you are looking for a positive in this, it will make you want to eat chinese food.