Images from "The Man With the Iron Fists"

Universal Pictures opted not to screen “The Man With the Iron Fists” for Maryland/D.C. press so I didn’t get to see this, which is a shame as this isn’t the kind of movie that anyone who was going to see it was expecting some Oscar-level action film. I’ll eventually check it out as this seems like the culmination of RZA’s career starting in the early days of The Wu-Tang Clan. I hope it pans out for him as he could provide a fresh new vision in the martial arts genre. And it’s pretty cool seeing WWE’s Batista in an action movie. Regardless, here’s a few images of the film, which opens today.

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[From left] Brass Body (DAVID BAUTISTA) and the Blacksmith (RZA) star in “The Man With the Iron Fists”, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics.

Here’s the official write-up: Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA—alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold.

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Jack Knife (RUSSELL CROWE) seduces Madam Blossom’s (LUCY LIU, far right) girls in “The Man With the Iron Fists.”

Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.

Joining Crowe, RZA and Liu in the cast are Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Dave Bautista, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu and Pam Grier.

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JAMIE CHUNG stars as Lady Silk in “The Man With the Iron Fists.”