The Man With The Iron Fists has to be one of the most closely guarded films in recent memory. It wrapped production over a year ago, yet not so much as a single frame of footage has surfaced in that time. That can easily be seen as a bad omen. After all, The RZA’s two previous directorial efforts (The elusive Bobby Did It and Wu-Tang Vs. the Golden Phoenix) have yet to see the light of day. One would hope that same fate doesn’t befall The Man With The Iron Fists, especially seeing as how it boasts considerable talent both in front of and behind the camera. Perhaps hoping to curtail any sort of bad buzz before it starts, RZA recently tweeted the first official image from the film.
The still shows the title character (Played by RZA himself) knocking out an opponent’s eyeball with a single blow. It seems to be meant in homage to a similar moment from Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. As I recently had the pleasure of viewing a rough version of the trailer (which debuts on Thursday), I can say this much: this image appears to be indicative of the films overall tone. Make of that what you will. As for me, I will wait until the trailer’s “official” premiere before revealing anymore of my thoughts. Bong Bong.