"Inane Mixture of Buddhism, Sex, and Ultraviolence"
What You Need To Know:
Between all the sex and violence, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS has almost no coherent plot. The performances are also embarrassing. There’s also some strong foul language. The movie has a long sequence teaching and extolling Buddhism. In fact, the heroic blacksmith is seen vastly improving his life because of his Buddhist training. Not only that, but the movie contains very strong Anti-Christian content, including a lewd Anti-Catholic joke. THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is a nasty, unpleasant and largely incompetent movie that discerning moviegoers will want to avoid.
(PaPaPa, FRFRFR, AbAbAb, HoHo, LL, VVV, SSS, NN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview in a confusing, bloody, oversexed, utterly inane mix of martial arts and a western, with a long sequence teaching and extolling Buddhism to boot, plus very strong Anti-Christian attitudes including an egregious, crude Anti-Catholic joke and some homosexual references; 10 or 11 obscenities and profanities (mostly “f” words); extreme, often action-oriented, violence includes extremely graphic guttings, eviscerations, beheadings, forced amputations followed by using extremely hot metal to cauterize the resulting wounds after fountains of blood have poured out, and nonstop kicking, punching, choking, stompings, beatings (including violence committed by and against women) with blood-spewing a frequent element of the proceedings; extreme sexual immorality includes depicted fornication, many battles take place in a brothel so the violence is interspersed with frequent shots of scantily clad women engaged in threesomes, foursomes, lesbian activity, and all manner of bizarre sexual positions, nude women climb in and out of bathtubs, and one customer proffers a sex toy and says “Let’s pretend we’re Catholic and play a game of ‘Find the heretic’” as the women moan; some upper female nudity and frequent upper male nudity from shirtless males; drunken behavior abounds at a bar located in a brothel; main customer discusses being high on opium amid his sexual adventures, though drug use is off camera; and, stealing gold, revenge, lying, double-crossing, forced slavery, and children are seen watching the violence and sexual behavior from hidden vantage points throughout, plus main character is seen vastly improving his life because of his training in Buddhism.
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is a confusing, bloody, oversexed, utterly inane mix of martial arts and a western. It has a long sequence teaching and extolling Buddhism to boot. The movie is further marred by its Anti-Christian attitudes, including an egregious, lewd Anti-Catholic joke. It’s easily one of the absolute worst movies of the year on a quality level as well.
The bare-bones plot is set in the late 1800s China. It concerns a black man (played by director and rap artist RZA) who wound up in China after being released from American slavery. He’s now a blacksmith and lives with a prostitute working to save enough money to buy her way out of a brothel. A huge shipment of gold coins is stolen from Chinese leaders. An evil gang tries to intercept it, and a mysterious Englishman (played by Russell Crowe) arrives to also make an attempt on the loot. Between gruesome, nearly nausea-inducing fights over the gold, many of the men, including Crowe’s character, are seen engaging in numerous graphic acts of illicit sex.
Between all the sex and violence, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS has almost no coherent plot to follow. The movie also has a long sequence teaching and extolling Buddhism. In fact, the heroic blacksmith is seen vastly improving his life because of his training in Buddhism. The movie also contains some strong foul language. Not only that, but there’s some very strong Anti-Christian content, including a lewd Anti-Catholic joke. Finally, the performances from writer/director/star RZA – a rapper in the prominent rap group Wu-Tang Clan, which also often promotes Eastern religion – and the rest of the cast are embarrassing. Crowe in particular should know enough to steer clear of movies like this after having won an Oscar.
Altogether, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is a nasty, unpleasant and largely incompetent movie that discerning moviegoers will want to avoid.