We watch a lot of martial arts movies in my house. My husband loves them and so do I. For a while there it was difficult for me to admit I enjoyed them, mostly because, for some reason, I think I was expected not to. I am glad those days are gone.
The Husband and I saw the first Iron Fists movie in the theater. It had Rza as Thaddeus, the man with the iron fists, and Russell Crowe as a very randy bounty hunter and Lucy Liu as a madam/lady assassin leader. It was good fun. The martial arts and the scenes were well directed. It was cheesy in parts, like all martial arts movies should have, and it didn’t take itself too seriously, except where the martial arts and action was concerned.
This weekend, The Husband and I watched the second edition in the series. It was on Netflix. This time Thaddeus was looking to redeem his soul because of what he had gone through in his life to this point. Unfortunately, he is a hunted man now and after fighting men from the Lion Clan, which he had taken out most of in the first movie, he was hurt badly and was cared for by a pretty little Chinese girl back to health in her family’s home. Her father and most everyone else worked for a man named Ho. He was a very … naughty. He was a tyrant over the silver mine and ruled the miners like a slave owner over slaves. In a very good scene, Ho tells the miners, “When you are in this mine you belong to me!”
Before Thaddeus took center stage, there was much martial arts activity. One of the best martial arts fight scenes I’ve ever seen happens early on in the movie between the character of Li Huang and a henchman from Ho’s camp, the Beetle Clan. In the beginning of the fight it was easy to see the Shaolin movements of Li Huang, but they were not getting through the henchman’s defenses so Huang changes to mantis form. In mantis the strikes were very precise, useful, and so swift it was difficult to see what body part was hitting the henchman. This is the best mantis fight sequence I’ve seen and The Husband agreed.
Though the movie was released on Netflix instead of the big screen, it was still a very good movie and both The Husband and I agreed we wanted the second movie to go into our collection. The story is good. The action is good. The stars are recognizable. The music is good.
One thing about the movie that made it dear to my heart is the Kung Fu like properties it has. Instead of Kane coming to America from China, we have an escaped slave in China who is becoming a hero, a legend. He is seen as a man of honor. It would be good to see more of these movies, even a TV series with Rza reprising the role of Thaddeus.
The Man With the Iron Fists 2 is not a waste of time. It is an A movie in a B slot, and I give it a solid 4 stars.