There's a difference between loving a film genre and having any talent to emulate it and RZA, the legendary rapper/musician and founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, proves it in the jumbled mess that is "The Man With the Iron Fists."
RZA makes his directorial debut in this homage to '70s kung-fu action movies, which he also co-wrote and stars in as the Blacksmith, maker of weapons for the warring clans in Jungle Village in feudal China. The Blacksmith is a reluctant warmonger, saving up money so he and his girlfriend, Lady Silk (Jamie Chung), can buy her way out of servitude to the village's brother owner, Madame Blossom (Lucy Liu).
Trouble's brewing, though, when the traitorous Silver Lion (Byron Mann) murders clan leader Gold Lion (Kuan Tai Chen) and takes over the Lion clan. Silver Lion then mounts a plot to steal a shipment of government gold, employing a slew of henchmen, the toughest being the invincible Brass Body (former WWE champ Dave Bautista). Gold Lion's son Zen Yi (Rick Yune) vows revenge, and enlists both the Blacksmith and by the government's secret envoy, the rough-and-tumble Englishman Jack Knife (Russell Crowe).