This just looks too cool with for its own good.
Check it: Rza (you know, the rapper formerly of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, who's also made an impressive segue into acting with roles in American Gangster, Funny People and TV's Californication) is making his directorial debut in the epic-looking martial arts film, The Man with the Iron Fists. And, as the first trailer tells us, it "puts the F- U in Kung Fu."
The rapper/actor has assembled a pretty glittery cast for a first-time helmer, including Lucy Liu, Pam Grier and Russell Crowe. He's even paired up with Eli Roth (Hostel), with whom he shares a writing credit for the film. Director Tarantino is also on the list of credits, which makes sense since he's worked with Rza in the past when he composed the soundtrack for Kill Bill Vol. 1. Rza will also be featured in Tarantino's upcoming film, Django Unchained.
So what's it about, besides a whole bunch of ass-kicking that's achingly choreographed? Here's the official synopsis from the movie website:
QUENTIN TARANTINO PRESENTS THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, AN ACTION-ADVENTURE INSPIRED BY KUNG-FU CLASSICS AS INTERPRETED BY HIS LONGTIME COLLABORATORS RZA AND ELI ROTH. MAKING HIS DEBUT AS A BIG-SCREEN DIRECTOR AND LEADING MAN, RZA-ALONGSIDE A STELLAR INTERNATIONAL CAST LED BY RUSSELL CROWE AND LUCY LIU-TELLS THE EPIC STORY OF WARRIORS, ASSASSINS AND A LONE OUTSIDER HERO IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY CHINA WHO MUST UNITE TO DESTROY THE CLAN TRAITOR WHO WOULD DESTROY THEM ALL.
SINCE HIS ARRIVAL IN CHINA'S JUNGLE VILLAGE, THE TOWN'S BLACKSMITH (RZA) HAS BEEN FORCED BY RADICAL TRIBAL FACTIONS TO CREATE ELABORATE TOOLS OF DESTRUCTION. WHEN THE CLANS' BREWING WAR BOILS OVER, THE STRANGER CHANNELS AN ANCIENT ENERGY TO TRANSFORM HIMSELF INTO A HUMAN WEAPON. AS HE FIGHTS ALONGSIDE ICONIC HEROES AND AGAINST SOULLESS VILLAINS, ONE MAN MUST HARNESS THIS POWER TO BECOME SAVIOR OF HIS ADOPTED PEOPLE.
BLENDING ASTONISHING MARTIAL-ARTS SEQUENCES FROM SOME OF THE MASTERS OF THIS WORLD WITH THE SIGNATURE VISION HE BRINGS AS THE LEADER OF THE WU-TANG CLAN AND AS ONE OF HIP-HOP'S MOST DOMINANT FIGURES OF THE PAST TWO DECADES, RZA EMBARKS UPON HIS MOST AMBITIOUS, STYLIZED AND THRILLING PROJECT TO DATE.
Wow. That is all. The Man with the Iron Fists hits theaters sometime this year. The exact release date is TBD, but check the film website for updates.