RZA has got a movie out recently titled “The man with iron fists”. Many of the Mc’s have mixed emotions about the movie. All if not most disliked the fact that Kanye West is part of the score (which I personally doubt from listening to some of his production style and technique) but I figure this was a business move for RZA more than anything, for the movie have a bigger appeal to even commercial heads. RZA took us back to the Wu-tang history, using martial art to initiate the clan. All the Wu-tang members AKA’s are actually from martial arts movies, I mean form Old Dirty Bastard to Sliver Rings to Killer Army to Golden Arms are all characters you could locate in martial arts movies.
The movie has a raw feel with an unquenchable thirst for blood, with a French baroque and ancient china atmosphere. It draws some of its inspirations from Afro-Samurai, with the rustic feel and blood splashing scenes (very anime like) where RZA did the score. The movie poses exotic weapons, huge daggers, swords and knives. RZA has an instinctual approach to the movie rather than artistic, some scenes lack the symbiotic feel and the fight are not perfectly synchronized (this could for some give a more realistic feel in a movie we want it perfect and synchronized). RZA left nothing to chance also including martial art philosophy in the movie, though like many martial arts movies the story line is a bit suspect, fragmented here and there. From the times of Grave diggers RZA was always fascinated with the iron fists but back then he had Gold pointed rings on the cover of “the pick, the spade and the sickle” where he worked with Prince Paul, Gate Keeper and the late Grim ripper R.I.P.
RZA co-wrote the Movie, he is the leading star, he produced most of the Scores, he directed it and this is by far a great moment for hip hop. We no longer have conceptual music videos, just women, car and money thrown all over. With the man with the iron fists RZA got one back for hip hop. I always knew he would take out a movie, by looking at most his videos especially “tragedy” with the aerial fight scene and also his old school low budget movies. RZA did he aspired to in this movie, it is far from brilliant but this is a huge giant step for hip hop. We give it a 8/10. Go check it out.
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