Trailer Hopping : The Man With the Iron Fists Ready for Seduction Only
Yeah baby! The Wu-Tang Clan is reuniting to create another awesome hip-hop song and music video filled with sex, violence and martial arts. This time the party will last 90 minutes and the title track is The Man With the Iron Fists presented by Quentin Tarantino. The "presented by" on a U.S. film involving martial arts makes me go into the trailer with very low expectations.
Martial arts in the film is more arts than martial. About 30 seconds into the trailer, watch the artistic display of wind-blown blood spiraling outward, like a paintbrush splattering red paint on a canvas, as the man angrily paints his enemies. Each fighting scene is glamorized with either beautiful half naked or seductive women, or with hidden destructive items, like knives in shoes, guns under underwear, stars in tongue, usually involving a woman in a highly "sexed-up" manner. The fighting and hand to hand combat are hidden through fancy flips and turns, cast partially in shadows or dark wardrobe, hiding the finer detail of quality fighting artsmanship.
Quentin Tarantino's "presented by" ties to this movie is an indication that there was probably little faith in the film to start with, and needed a name known for marketing martial arts, blood and gore to the U.S. audience. Presented by is a marketing tool used to draw audiences by slapping a "branded" name to an item, although the name may not have anything to do with the item or film. Quentin Tarantino has used his name to promote foreign martial arts films in this manner, and using his name for U.S. martial arts movies may be his new trend, since Hollywood isn't exactly known for martial arts movies.
It's a great strategy since this film is targeting the U.S. audience and not the foreign audience, considering how heavily the film used Asian American stars like Lucy Liu, Daniel Wu, Jamie Chung, and Rick Yune.
With that said, although the film is directed by a rap artist who happens to be a big fan of martial arts and may not have the experience to direct but he does strive to include some of the right elements in his film. He featured the director whose film spawn the Wu-Tang Clan name, Chia Hui Liu, and has a real martial artist, Cung Le. If he added a well-known martial arts film choreographer to his list, it may appeal to the hardcore martial arts fans, like the creator of www.movieswithbutter.com, who seemed to know a thing or two about these things.
The film is gorgeously done in royal Chinese colors of golden yellow, plum pinks, blood red and mahogany, and velvet blacks. The wardrobe and settings are convincingly Chinese, maybe because it was filmed in China and with plenty of Asian stars.
What it lacks is flow and direction. After watching the trailer several times, I have no idea what the movie is about other than sex, violence, rap music, and a lot more sex, then maybe some drugs and sex, and conversations about sex. And how the heck did Russell Crowe get into the mix for such as small budgeted production, $20 million U.S. movie filmed in China?
The Man with the Iron Fists is scheduled to open on November 2, 2012. It stars Russell Crowe, RZA, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Pam Grier, Dave Bautista, Chia Hui Liu, Daniel Wu, Rick Yune, Cung Le, Grace Huang, and others.
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