As if you needed yet another reason to praise the coolness that is the RZA. The founding Wu-Tang member, sonic scientist, Grammy winner, cerebral über-producer, and author can now put writer-director-actor and purveyor of awesomeness on his already impressive resume with The Man With the Iron Fists–his feature film directorial debut.
For the pulp-ish martial arts flick (staring Russell Crow and Lucy Liu, and “presented” by the King of the B Movie, Quentin Tarantino) RZA enlisted Eli Roth to handle the co-writing duties and asked his oh-so-cool musically inclined pals to help with the epic soundtrack. Featuring a track list consisting of a new Yeezy song, a sick collaboration with the Black Keys and the RZA himself, and joints from Talib Kweli, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Corinne Bailey Rae, the aural accompaniment to the movie might be better than the flick itself, right? I guess you haven’t watched the kick-ass trailer that visually tantalizes with gravity-defying stunts, artful blood spilling, and enough s-e-x to break up the sometimes-gratuitous fighting. Thankfully, if sex and violence isn’t your thing, the soundtrack is available on October 23, a week before the movie’s release.
Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA is a stranger to neither martial arts nor the film industry. From the ’70s and ’80s kung-fu flicks that inspired the early efforts of the Wu to his acting appearance in Ghost Dog to his scoring Ghost Dog and Kill Bill, the genre has inspired plenty of great work from the producer / actor / writer / emcee / composer. RZA’s upcoming directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fists, is a further celebration of the martial arts film, and from the red-band trailer released today, it looks pretty sweet.
Iron Fists, which he also co-wrote with Eli Roth, reunites him with Kill Bill maestro Quentin Tarantino (who "presents" the film) and Lucy Liu, to whose Kill BIll character RZA wrote an ode for the soundtrack. Joining them are Russell Crowe, WWE wrestler Dave Bautista and another favored Tarantino actress, Pam Grier. RZA plays the blacksmith of a town in feudal China forced to make weapons. When power, money and rivalries lead to the seven clans breaking out in war, it’s up to the blacksmith to restore peace to the village. In between Point A and Point B, from what can be gleaned from the trailer, there’s a lot of clinking of steel, removal of already-skimpy clothing, cartoony fake blood spurts, lots of explosions and sweet, gravity-defying combat scenes. Sounds like a good time.
And here’s RZA’s "Ode to O-Ren Ishi-ii" from the Kill Bill: Vol 1 soundtrack: