Meet Madame Blossom and Bronze Lion From The Man With the Iron Fists in New Character Trailers
10.19.12 by Ryan
After starting his career with the rap group the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning musician RZA transitioned to movies by writing scores, first with Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai in 1999 and, notably, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. RZA also kickstarted an acting career with cameo appearances in movies (Funny People, Repo Men) and a stint on Showtime's Californication.
Up next for RZA is to not just act, but also direct, co-write and score a movie: The upcoming martial arts action flick The Man With the Iron Fists, which sees RZA play a blacksmith in a small village in 19th Century China who ends up becoming a human weapon to protect the village from various nefarious foes. In an interview with BillBoard, RZA revealed that The Man With the Iron Fists was his "most challenging job to date."
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Directing has been the most challenging job to date for me. Working with Wu-Tang Clan prepared me for this, actually, the big organization we have. It was preparation. But this was like running a small country, man; we had hundreds of people working for us and so many details, very meticulous ideas that had to be executed and focused on, as well as the trust of some great talent. I love it, though — just the way you could take an idea and imagination and bring it to fruition. I feel we all found something new and original, and when the world accepts it and absorbs it and shows it some love, I'll keep moving on and building hip-hop in this direction.
The latest trailers for The Man With the Iron Fists offer brief looks at two of the movie's characters — Bronze Lion (Cung Le) and Madame Blossom (Lucy Liu). Check out how RZA did in his directorial debut below.
The Man With the Iron Fists was co-written with Eli Roth (Hostel), and is presented by Tarantino. Jamie Chung (The Hangover Part II), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) and Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) co-star.