Martial arts film fans rejoice! Do I ever have exciting news for you. A period martial arts thriller is currently being shot in China. Directed by the legendary RZA, co-founder of the hip-hop group The Wu-Tang Clan, The Man With The Iron Fists stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Pam Grier, Darren Scott, Byron Mann, Jamie Chung, Daniel Wu and RZA himself, as the title character. Rounding out the names associated with the film is Quentin Tarantino, who will be presenting the film.
Written by RZA and Eli Roth (Hostel), the film is centered around a blacksmith that forges weapons for a small village in feudal China and is forced to defend himself and his villagers. Corey Yuen of Transporter fame is directing the action sequences.
No doubt this film is lead by a talented cast that excels in this genre of film. I’m excited to see Lucy Liu kick some ass (Kill Bill anyone?) and even more pleased to see her back on the silver screen. I love strong, confident, Asian women being portrayed in films, and I am sure Lucy Liu will kill her role.
Adding to my growing anticipation for this film is Pam Grier’s name to the cast line-up. One of the first women of colour to kick some major ass on the big screen, it excites my Jackie Brown fangirl self.
The film is slated to open worldwide next year.