One of my favorite Martial Arts films from 2012 was The Man With The Iron Fists which starred Wu-Tang Clan member and now actor RZA (Brick Mansions) as Thaddeus, the man with the iron fists. The film was an ode to the old martial arts films about Shaolin monks and he is back for the sequel The Man With The Iron Fists 2. Thaddeus is now sort of a man on the run, but from his past. He is trying to make it to a temple so that he can ask for forgiveness and cleanse his soul of the violence. He takes a detour when he is attacked and found by some mining villagers who have a problem of their own. The villagers are being controlled by an evil man and villagers are dying left and right. So, with Thaddeus’s help, the villagers leader Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) will revolt against the evil faction to gain their freedom. The film also stars Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat) as Mayor Zhang, Kowit Wattanakul (Only God Forgives) as Jia Hang, Grace Huang (The Man With The Iron Fists) as Gemini Female, Pim Bubear (Ninja II) as Innocence, Carl Ng (New Police Story) as Master Ho, Charlie Ruedpokanon (Only God Forgives) as Li Guang, and the film was directed by Roel Reine (The Marine 2). Before We check out the review, let’s look at some stats.
As far as the stats are concerned, we’ll start with Li Kung since he is the first pic. He has 10 1/2 kills/knockouts in the film and the half is due to the help he go to defeat the big boss. Li Kung’s origin story is very brief and all we know is that he was a warrior who shed some blood in the past. He is married with a daughter who gets kidnapped and her soul stolen and his brother is killed as well. Thaddeus, the man with the iron fists has 23 1/2 kills and if you want an origin story then go see the first film. He has no love interest and no one he knows personally gets hurt, but he is helping them in battle for the greater good. I am starting to think that maybe RZA should stick to making martial arts films like this one because I really enjoyed this one as much as I did the first one. The fact that he is in China makes no sense to me, but it wasn’t unusual I suppose back then. At first, there isn’t a ton of action, but when you get it, the scenes are pretty amazing. You have to love the scenes with Thaddeus and his head crushing, chest bursting punching scenes that we get. Those are pretty awesome and of course Li Kung is pretty bad ass too. I really enjoyed the film and you can check it out on Netflix for yourself right now. I am going to give the film four fists out of five.