Iron Fists shoot underway in China
By Patrick Frater
Tue, 11 January 2011, 10:34 AM (HKT)
Production is now underway in China on The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), a period martial arts thriller being directed by RZA, the US hip hop musician-turned-actor and co-founder of The Wu-Tang Clan.
The cast includes Russell Crowe and RZA as the title character, a blacksmith who forges weapons for the inhabitants of a village in feudal China. They are forced to defend themselves. Corey YUEN 元奎 is directing the action.
Fists' screenplay is written by RZA and Eli Roth (Hostel). Production is by RZA, Roth and Marc Abraham through Strike Entertainment. The $20 million film to be distributed by Universal Pictures Inc.
Crowe is expected to arrive in China at the end of the months and stay on set through February. Filming has begun at the Zhejiang Hengdian World Studios 浙江橫店影視城有限公司 and will continue until the end of February with a shift of location to Shanghai.
Production services in China are provided through Champion Star, a company associated with Bill KONG 江志強. As distributor of Universal's studio titles in Hong Kong and China, Kong has previously assisted other Universal productions in the region including The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 神鬼傳奇３ (2008).