I watched The Man with the Iron Fists 2 over the weekend. It’s a sequel to the first Iron Fists movie. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment sent me the Blu-ray to review on my movies blog. Even though he Man with the Iron Fists 2 didn’t have the star power of the first film (Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu), I thought the sequel was better. The story was less complicated and it didn’t bored me like the first Iron Fists movie. As expected, there were many kung-fu and sword fighting scenes. Some were quite bloody. The Man with the Iron Fists 2 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Continue reading to learn six things about the movie.
Six Things About The Man with the Iron Fists 2
It’s a sequel
As you can tell by the 2 in the title of the movie, The Man with the Iron Fists 2 is a sequel to the first film (2012). I saw the first movie and don’t remember much about the story. In my opinion, you don’t need to see the first film to understand the story in the sequel. In fact, you’re probably better off not watching the first one. From what I could remember, the first Man with the Iron Fists film was not a good movie.
The man with the iron fists is on the run
The story starts off with Thaddeus (man with the iron fists) on the run. Thaddeus was in the first Iron Fists movie. Now he’s being hunted by killers. While defending himself, Thaddeus gets badly injured, falls into a river and winds up in a remote Chinese village. It was not a good place to end up because the people in the village are being forced into mining silver for the Beetle Clan, which is led by the evil Master Ho. As if that’s not enough, the villagers also have to deal with a monster that is sucking the life out of girls in the village.
The Man with the Iron Fists 2 featured RZA
The story was written by John Jarrell and RZA, who also played the part of the man with the iron fists (Thaddeus). I didn’t expect great acting in a film like this, and that’s what I got with RZA and the other actors in the movie. They were not great, but not bad either. Other actors included Sahajak Boonthanakit (Bolo), Pim Bubear (Innocence), Ocean Hou (Shou), Grace Huang (Gemini Female), Andrew Lin (Gemini Male), Khiri Steven Lowenstein (Bing), Carl Ng (Master Ho), Dustin Nguyen (Li Kung), Charlie Ruedpokanon (Li Guang), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Mayor), Simon Yin (Cha Pao), Eugenia Yuan (Ah Ni), and Zhu Zhu (Chi Chi). The Man with the Iron Fists 2 was directed by Roel Reiné.
Hip-hop music rules the film
RZA is the star, writer and executive producer of The Man with the Iron Fists 2. In real life, he’s also a hip-hop superstar. So it’s not too surprising the film featured a lot of music from the hip-hop and rap genres. It was different. Definitely not something I was expecting in a kung-fu movie. I’m not saying this is a bad or good thing — just different.
The movie is bloody and violent
The Man with the Iron Fists 2 is rated R for strong bloody violence throughout. There is also an unrated version that is one minute longer (91 minutes) than the R-rated version (90 minutes). I watched the unrated version, but not the R version. The unrated version includes bloody squirting out of wounds and someone also gets his head chopped off in graphic details. On the other hand, there wasn’t any sex scenes or profanity that I remembered hearing.
The Blu-ray and DVD include bonus features
In addition to the movie in Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD (Ultraviolet streaming) formats, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes three special features, which are also available on the DVD version.
- Deleted Scenes
- Chi Warriors: The Making of Man With the Iron Fists 2
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Man with the Iron Fists 2 featuring the cast and crew including director Roel Reiné and star RZA
- Feature Commentary
With director Roel Reiné and executive producer and star RZA
More info: The Man with the Iron Fists 2 Blu-ray