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The RZA's kung fu flick The Man with the Iron Fists is rolling with help from Eli Roth

01.15.2011

That's The RZA with Eli Roth on the set of THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, the rapper-actor-writer-director's old-school kung fu flick now underway in China. The pic was snapped by actor Daniel Wu, a Hong Kong superstar who filmed a cameo for the movie.

Wu is part of a cast that also includes Lucy Liu, MMA fighter Cung Le (PANDORUM), WWE star Dave Batista, Rick Yune (NINJA ASSASSIN), Byron Mann (STREET FIGHTER), and as was rumored months ago, RZA's AMERICAN GANGSTER co-star Russell Crowe.

Wu-Tang Clan fan Wu was effusive about working the RZA, as he posted on his blog: "I'm actually writing from Hengdian, China where I've spent a couple days on set playing a nice little cameo in this project. When I heard about this project, I knew that this was the realization of a lifelong dream for RZA so I wanted to be a part of it no matter what. It makes me happy to know that I can help out someone who has so very much influenced my life."

The $20 million-budgeted Shaw Brothers-influenced production features RZA as a feudal China weapons forger who helps a village defend against invaders. RZA co-wrote the script with Eli Roth, who's also producing... although it sounds like the HOSTEL helmer is helping out in hands-on fashion.

As actor/stuntman Darren E. Scott recently wrote on his own blog: "Being that RZA is acting directing and producing I unfortunately didn't get to work with him, however I had the pleasure of being directed by Eli Roth. Eli was great to work with and keeps his direction simple & straight to the point. He complimented my performance and I was flattered beyond belief."

Additionally, Hong Kong veteran Corey Yuen (THE TRANSPORTER, KISS OF THE DRAGON) is directing the action scenes, so this thing is shaping up to be an intriguing collaboration.

Extra Tidbit: Roth previously said the script "mixes kung fu with a spaghetti Western mindset and a hip hop influence."
Source: (via Movieline)

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6:29PM on 01/17/2011
I've been waiting for this movie for years now! im a huge RZA fan and have even had the pleasure of meeting him, and hanging out with him for a while! great guy, and he knows his kung fu! cant wait for the first trailer!
I've been waiting for this movie for years now! im a huge RZA fan and have even had the pleasure of meeting him, and hanging out with him for a while! great guy, and he knows his kung fu! cant wait for the first trailer!
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12:11PM on 01/17/2011
Looking forward to this. If it succeeds, I'm already voting RZA to helm MARVEL's Iron Fist . . .
Looking forward to this. If it succeeds, I'm already voting RZA to helm MARVEL's Iron Fist . . .
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8:50PM on 01/16/2011

This movie is going to be the bomb!

I love the Rza and his music you can tell by my avatar! I know he has alot of love and respect for the genre and will do his best with it.
I love the Rza and his music you can tell by my avatar! I know he has alot of love and respect for the genre and will do his best with it.
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7:03PM on 01/15/2011
Damn. Confidence reassured. This flick is going to be awesome to the nth degree.
Damn. Confidence reassured. This flick is going to be awesome to the nth degree.
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7:02PM on 01/15/2011
Damn. Confidence reassured. This flick is going to be awesome to the nth degree.
Damn. Confidence reassured. This flick is going to be awesome to the nth degree.
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3:35PM on 01/15/2011
This is gonna be a hell of a badass film!
This is gonna be a hell of a badass film!
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2:40PM on 01/15/2011

Need I remind you....

....WU TANG CLAN AINT NOTHIN T' FUCK WITH!
And that is why this is going to be amazing.
....WU TANG CLAN AINT NOTHIN T' FUCK WITH!
And that is why this is going to be amazing.
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12:07PM on 01/15/2011
This actually sounds like it has a lot of potential, especially since Corey Yuen's doing the action. Oh, and Daniel Wu kicks ass. I'll see it.
This actually sounds like it has a lot of potential, especially since Corey Yuen's doing the action. Oh, and Daniel Wu kicks ass. I'll see it.
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10:54AM on 01/15/2011

Oh Shit!

Russell Crowe is really going to be in this??!!

I don't know how this Rza Roth production will turn out.. but I'm definitely going to watch it.
Russell Crowe is really going to be in this??!!

I don't know how this Rza Roth production will turn out.. but I'm definitely going to watch it.
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6:28AM on 01/15/2011
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by a Rza directed Kung Fu flick starring Russell Crowe.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by a Rza directed Kung Fu flick starring Russell Crowe.
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2:51AM on 01/15/2011
Is Crowe really in this? Well, I don't see why not after that stupid ass movie The Next Three Days. Gosh I really wanted that b*tch to kill herself when she opened that door. I was like "YOU STUPID F*CKING B*TCH! WHAT THE F*CK ARE YOU DOING?!" That movie seriously had an identity crisis. It had no idea what kind of movie it wanted to be. Any who this movie sounds like it... "aint nothin' to f*ck with!"
Is Crowe really in this? Well, I don't see why not after that stupid ass movie The Next Three Days. Gosh I really wanted that b*tch to kill herself when she opened that door. I was like "YOU STUPID F*CKING B*TCH! WHAT THE F*CK ARE YOU DOING?!" That movie seriously had an identity crisis. It had no idea what kind of movie it wanted to be. Any who this movie sounds like it... "aint nothin' to f*ck with!"
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2:21AM on 01/15/2011

As much as I hate Eli Roth

I am all for some classic Shaw Brothers-esque Kung Fu. And RZA has a genuine love for the material, so I am interested.
I am all for some classic Shaw Brothers-esque Kung Fu. And RZA has a genuine love for the material, so I am interested.
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1:37AM on 01/15/2011
Anything connected to Eli Roth is a bad idea.
Anything connected to Eli Roth is a bad idea.
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12:09PM on 01/17/2011
I got your back. Roth SUCKS to no end . . .
I got your back. Roth SUCKS to no end . . .
12:38AM on 01/15/2011
Is the RZA really connected, or what?
Is the RZA really connected, or what?
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