Watch the Trailer for the RZA’s Kung Fu Movie, Starring Russell Crowe

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June 29 2012 12:31 PM

RZA Finally Makes His Kung Fu Movie

Russell Crowe in The Man with the Iron Fists
Russell Crowe plays Jackknife in The Man with the Iron Fists.

Still from the trailer for The Man with the Iron Fists.

From the slums of Shaolin comes the first trailer for RZA’s debut kung fu movie, The Man with the Iron Fists. Anyone who’s a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan knows this one is a long time coming: RZA has been sampling kung fu flicks on their albums for almost twenty years, and he’s also arranged the soundtrack for Kill Bill and scored movies like Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.

While the bloody and slightly NSFW red band trailer may feel familiar to anyone who’s seen a Quentin Tarantino movie, one surprise is the presence of Russell Crowe, who appears to play a major role. Hong Kong veteran Corey Yuen choreographed the action scenes; frequent Tarantino collaborator Eli Roth co-wrote the screenplay; and, according to the trailer, Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, The Black Keys, Wiz Khalifa, and RZA himself will all contribute new music.

It’s clear that RZA and crew had a lot of fun bringing his vision to life, and hopefully that sense of fun will be just as contagious when the movie comes out later this year.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer.