Here's my impressions about RZA's movie debut. I never thought that this movie will get to cast good actors including Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and a lot of Hong Kong martial arts actors. Here are some points.
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RZA's character, The Blacksmith, also narrates. The only problem with the narration is the choice of words. He speaks not of that time period. He's using black slang. But he is an interesting skill and background. Russell Crowe's character, Jack Knife, really caught my attention. He has a weapon similar to Final Fantasy's gun blade. His speaking lines also have a religious slur in one of his scenes that may be seen as offensive so don't be surprised if you happen to hear it.
As for Lucy Liu, I can't differentiate her character, Madame Blossom, from Kill Bill Vol. 1's O-Ren Ishii but she is just as interesting. It is also Dave Bautista's first cinematic debut. The half-Pinoy pro-wrestler already appeared in several home videos.
There are a number of Asian actors which is essential for this movie. Story wise, even if you can't understand the story, it doesn't matter. The martial arts stunts will speak for itself. The blood in this movie flowed like rain. I think this movie deserves a video game. There are many characters and they make good fighting game characters. Most of the fight scenes are graphic. The Man With The Iron Fist is locally released by Solar Entertainment and distributed by United International Pictures.