Throughout the years hip hop has shared a deep-rooted connection with the film industry. Artists such as Ice Cube, Will Smith and Mos Def have seamlessly made the transition from the mic to the big screen whilst the genre has produced some classic biographical productions of which ‘8 Mile’ and ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ stand-out.
Amongst those to make the journey from the hood to Hollywood is Wu-Tang super producer RZA. Those hip hop heads amongst you will already be familiar with RZA and his repertoire of work but he may of slipped the net for a few of you more in tune with Redman, ODB, Methodman and the other rappers from the renowned hip hop group. RZA is recognised as one of the most influential producers of all time; earning a place on The Source’s ’20 Greatest Producers’ as well as achieving number 4 on Elite 8’s ”Greatest Producers of All Time,’ but there is more to RZA than just music.
RZA who according to himself ‘started this Wu shit’ began creating masterpieces with his Wu-Tang partners during the mid-90’s. In 1999, following an enormous amount of success with Wu-Tang the producer became intrigued with film and the music within them. His first attempt at score writing was for ‘Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai’ which achieved great critical acclaim and success. Since then RZA began a personal journey within the film industry acting in numerous title’s including ‘American Gangster’ and ‘Due Date.’ Now accomplished and respected within the film industry coupled with his experience of directing musical projects with the Wu, RZA naturally decided to try his hand at Directing.
Que ‘Man With The Iron Fist’s;’ a martial-arts film inspired by the Kung-Fu classics of the 70’s and 80’s masterfully presented by the legendary Quentin Tarantino. RZA takes the lead role and the directors chair for this film which Empire describe as ”gloriously violent grindhouse martial arts fantasy!’ Isolated in rural Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) works tirelessly supplying the warring local clans with weaponry in order to pay for his and his lover’s (Jamie Chung) passage out of the desolate region. When Gold Lion, leader of the lion clan is brutally murdered the violence escalates to a whole new level and the town is inundated by dangerous strangers including the infamous Brass Body (Bautista), foreigner Jack Knife (Russell Crowe) and the deadly Poison Dagger, all eager to join the fight and lay their hands on the governor’s gold.
We highly recommend that you check this film. The Man With The Iron Fists is out on Blu-ray and DVD on 1st April!