If you’ve been to a movie this summer, chances are you saw the trailer for the highly stylist new martial arts film The Man with the Iron Fists.
If your first reaction is “what kind of awesome Quentin Tarantino Hip Hop flick is this?” You’re having the correct reaction.
Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA has teamed up with “Hostel” director Eli Roth on the new fantasy flick about a group of 19th Century Chinese warriors and one rogue British soldier who unite to defeat a common foe in a village in feudal China.
Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Jamie Chung star, RZA and Eli Roth wrote it, and RZA directs.
Eli tells Hollyscoop the film is “something people have never seen before and when you see it with all that hip hop music blended in there, you’ve never seen anything like it, it's too much fun.”
That hip-hop flavor comes from rapper, producer, writer, director RZA who is basically the head of the iconic rap group Wu-Tang clan and says directing a film has been the best expression of his variety of talents.
“As a director you really get a chance to express so many mediums of your artistic expression,” RZA tells us, “I'm not a power hungry dude, but I love to see something come to life, I love to see ideas and teamwork come to life.”
We mostly know Eli Roth as the sick mind behind the Hostel films and his acting role in Inglourious Basterds. He tells us what it was like shifting gears to write a martial arts film.
“I've written mostly for scares and horror and to write this whole fantasy world was something that I had always dreamed of doing,” says Eli.
Eli and RZA wrote the film together and RZA directed and while a rapper and a horror writer might sound like a bizarre pairing, Eli says, “We're both movie geeks, you know, the only people that have seen that many movies is geek directors or rappers.”
Check out Man With The Iron Fists in theaters on Friday, November 2, 2012.