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THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
Universal Pictures and Quentin Tarantino present a Strike Entertainment/Arcade Pictures production of a film by RZA starring Russell Crowe "Jackknife", RZA "The Blacksmith", Lucy Liu "Madame Blossom", Rick Yune "Zen Yi", Jamie Chung "Lady Silk", Cung Le "Bronze Lion", Dave Bautista "Brass Body", Byron Mann "Silver Lion", Daniel Wu "Poison Dagger" and Pam Grier. Written by: RZA and Eli Roth. Produced by: Marc Abraham, Eric Newman, Eli Roth. Executive Producers: Thomas Karnowski, Thomas Bliss, Kristel Laiblin. Presented by: Quentin Tarantino. Director of Photography: Chi Ying Chan. Production Designer: Drew Boughton. Costume Designer: Thomas Chong. Music Supervisors: Carter Little, G. Marq Roswell. Composer: Howard Drossin. RELEASE DATES: 2 JANUARY 2013 (FRANCE) / 2 NOVEMBER 2012 (USA)
Hip-Hop and Classic Soul: Music of the Film In early ’90s Staten Island, RZA formed and produced for one of hip-hop’s greatest rap groups of all time, the Wu-Tang Clan. Outside of his work with the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA famously scored music for such films as Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (for which he received a BAFTA nomination), additional music for Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Soul Plane and Blade: Trinity. Unexpectedly, the man who came up as a producer, rapper and instrumentalist didn’t originally plan on scoring The Man With the Iron Fists. With the titles of writer and director already on his plate, RZA planned on hiring a composer for The Man With the Iron Fists. He even entertained the thought of asking Quentin Tarantino to do it. (RZA was impressed with Tarantino’s inspired choice of enlisting David Bowie for Inglourious Basterds, a film set in the 1940s). RZA finished shooting Iron Fists and used temp music as a placeholder while he figured out which direction he wanted the sound of the movie to go. “Being a musician, everybody assumed I was going to score the film,” elaborates RZA. “I reached out to Quentin, and he said, ‘Of course you’re going to score the film, Bobby.’ It took us about eight months to write the music, but it was fun. Howard Drossin, who’s worked on four or five things with me, helped me out.” Drossin, who previously collaborated with RZA on the action film The Protector and the video game Afro Samurai, proved to be the ideal partner. Adds RZA: “We’ve created a score that complements the film and complements the genre where I’m coming from. Part of what makes the moviegoing experience enjoyable is the music.” The Man With the Iron Fists’ unique score mixes a blend of hip-hop and classic soul. Calling upon his friends and collaborators in the music business, RZA was also able to create a soundtrack of songs that blends music from top artists such as the rock group The Black Keys, award-winning rappers Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, music from Stax (an American record label famous for the creation of Southern soul and Memphis soul music styles), artists such as Isaac Hayes, and, of course, the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. “I was mentored by Isaac Hayes and spent about three years with him while he taught me music progressions and we recorded music together,” explains RZA. “He introduced me to people at Stax, and they came on board to help us out. The label gave me about 10 of their famous Stax cues, including songs from William Bell, Isaac Hayes and Mable John, which we have reorchestrated for the film.” Right before he began postproduction on his first movie, RZA had finished working with Kanye West. Shares the director: “After the success of ‘Dark Fantasy,’ I invited him to the editing room. I showed him the scene with Madam Blossom’s girls in the tub, and he gave us a song for the film called ‘White Dress.’” RZA also recruited crooner Corinne Bailey Rae, who saw an early cut of the film and was touched by a particular scene; for it, she wrote the song “Chains.” As well, he brought in famous Chinese singer Sally Yeh (who has been called “the Celine Dion of Hong Kong” and contributed music to such John Woo films as The Killer); The Black Keys, who worked with RZA and contributed the song “The Baddest Man Alive”; Wu-Tang members, including Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man, who are featured on several songs; and rappers Talib Kweli and Kool G Rap. The director’s long-standing relationships across the music industry aided him once again. He says: “We went back to Sony for some of the original Wu-Tang masters that I have equity in but didn’t own. We took out a lot of stuff from the original tracks and reorchestrated them.” This proved invaluable, as RZA believes that it is important for the main characters to have familiar cues throughout the film. He explains: “Every time Jack Knife appears on the screen, there is a jaw harp. His character is savage, and Russell and I looked at Ol’ Dirty Bastard for Jack Knife’s character study. If you listen closely, the jaw harp makes a sound similar to the ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ piano rhythm.” Additional character cues include synths for the villainous Silver Lion, a heroic theme for Zen Yi, and Isaac Hayes music to represent the Blacksmith. Concludes our writer/director: “Isaac Hayes was one of the masters of scores with films like Shaft. I pay homage to him by using some of his music and his influences for my character.” © 2012 Universal Studios.
© 2012 Universal Studios.
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FEATURETTE #1 "A Look Inside" (VO)
R-RATED TRAILER "Weapon Character" (VO)
TV SPOT #1 "Fists" (VO)
TV SPOT #2 "Fists Business" (VO)
TV SPOT #3 "Girls" (VO)
TV SPOT #4 "Legends Gunfight" (VO)
TV SPOT #5 "New Legends" (VO)
TV SPOT #6 "Power" (VO)
TV SPOT #7 "Survive" (VO)
RZA stars in The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by Quentin Tarantino’s longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA—alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.
CHARACTER PIECES #4 "Bronze Lion" (VO)
CHARACTER PIECES #3 "Brass Body" (VO)
CHARACTER PIECES #2 "Madame Blossom" (VO)
CHARACTER PIECES #1 "Jack Knife" (VO)
CHARACTER PIECES #5 "The Blacksmith" (VO)
FILM CLIP #1 "Jack kills Crazy Hippo" (VO)
FILM CLIP #2 "Bronze Lion attacks Madame Blossom" (VO)
FILM CLIP #3 "The Blacksmith and Brass Body fight at the Pink Blossom" (VO)
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B-ROLL Part #3 (VO)
© 2012 Universal Pictures International. All Rights Reserved.
TED Universal Pictures and Media Rights Capital present a Fuzzy Door production, a Bluegrass Films production, a Smart Entertainment production.
PITCH PERFECT Brownstone Productions, Gold Circle Films' Comedy, Music directed by Jason Moore starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt.
LES MISÉRABLES This Christmas, the epic musical comes to the big screen.
TED John (MARK WAHLBERG) hangs out with his best friend, Ted (voiced by SETH MacFARLANE), in the comedy Ted.
SAVAGES Brutal enforcer Lado (BENICIO Del TORO) tries to break down O (BLAKE LIVELY).
THE BOURNE LEGACY JEREMY RENNER and EDWARD NORTON star in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. Writer/director Tony Gilroy expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.
PITCH PERFECT Ashley, Stacie, Fat Amy, Aubrey, Cynthia Rose, Beca, Lilly, Denise, Chloe and Jessica blow away the competition.
INTERVIEWS #1 Lucy Liu "Madame Blossom" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #2 RZA (Director) / "The Blacksmith" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #3 Jamie Chung "Lady Silk" and David Bautista "Brass Body" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #4 Rick Yune "Zen Yi", Cung Le "Bronze Lion" and Byron Mann "Silver Lion" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #5 RZA (Director) / "The Blacksmith" and Eli Roth (Writer) (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #1 Daniel Wu (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #2 Rick Yune (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #3 Eli Roth (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #4 RZA (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #5 Byron Mann (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #6 Cung Le (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #7 Dave Bautista (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #8 Grace Huang (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #9 Zhu Zhu (VO)
LOS ANGELES SCREENING #10 B-Roll (VO)
NEW YORK SCREENING #1 Eli Roth (VO)
NEW YORK SCREENING #2 Inspectah Deck (VO)
NEW YORK SCREENING #3 Kristel Laiblin (VO)
NEW YORK SCREENING #4 RZA (VO)
NEW YORK SCREENING #5 Russell Crowe (VO)
NEW YORK SCREENING #6 B-Roll (VO)
R-RATED FEATURETTE "A Slice Above" (VO)
Copyright © 2012 Iron Fists, LLC. All rights reserved.
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS Arcade Pictures, Iron Fists' Action-adventure directed by RZA starring Russell Crowe, RZA, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le.
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