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In a place called Jungle Village, numerous factions are at war with one another for control, with a lone Blacksmith (RZA) making weapons for them all. When Imperial gold is set to travel through the village, the normal violence reaches new levels, various powerful figures including good and evil brothers, a devious madam (Creator/LucyLiu), and a mysterious Englishman (Creator/RussellCrowe) with a [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon pistol/knife/drill combo]] in his holster arrive in Jungle Village. Will the Blacksmith stay neutral as the lives of his fellow villagers are put on the line?

The RZA's first directorial film that tribute to the 70's [[MartialArtsMovie martial arts]] films that inspired his old hip-hop conglomerate Music/WuTangClan and co-written with Creator/EliRoth, released in Fall of 2012.

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!! This film provides examples of:
* AnimalThemeNaming: The various clans that control Jungle Village.
* ArcherArchetype: The mysterious Poison Dagger, rarely seen until the end when cornered and strikes at critical junctions usually crippling enemies right as they start to come back. Though his weapon is essentially a high powered [[PoisonedWeapons blow gun]] rather than a traditional bow and arrow so he borders on being a ColdSniper.
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: Mercury is apparently dark green. It will also turn your veins black and kill you in about five seconds when injected into your bloodstream via blowdart. It's possible, however, that the version Poison Dagger uses is a modified mercury-based compound of some kind.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: The racist hick the Blacksmith accidentally killed. Also, Crazy Hippo.]]
* AutomaticCrossbows: The Geminis' troops carry these. After they hijack the gold, the Lions use the ones they've captured in the process.
* BackToBackBadasses: The Geminis, naturally. The "Gemini Stance" consists of their doing this while Gemini Female is locked in position inverted on Gemini Male's back.
* BattleCouple: The Gemini Killers.
* TheBlacksmith: The titular character. His real name is [[spoiler: Thaddeus Smith]] and he specializes in unusual weapons. Including [[spoiler: mercury]] blowguns, for some reason.
* BloodKnight: Jack Knife.
* {{Cameo}}: Pam Grier as RZA's mother.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The same [[SupernaturalMartialArts teachings and techniques]] used to have the human body control inanimate objects [[spoiler: is key to allowing Blacksmith to defeat Brass Body due to a poison wound he received to one of his [[PressurePoint vital points]] and Blacksmith beginning to target the ones he knows. ]]
* ChekhovsGun: The shield on the back of [[spoiler:Zhen Yi's second suit of knives]] prevents him from getting his [[spoiler:spine shattered by a booby trap, leaving him enough strength to kill Silver Lion.]]
* ChromeChampion: Brass Body is relatively rare example that is ''not'' a silvery color.
* CounterpartCombatCoordination: In the final battles, [[spoiler: The Blacksmith faces Brass Body, iron fists vs ...brass body. Jack Knife faces Poison Dagger, an old acquaintance of his, and they talk about how they are NotSoDifferent. Zhen Yi (the X-Blade) fights against his sworn brother, Silver Lion]].
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Gemini Female in Gemini Male's arms while doing their GrievousHarmWithABody routine, Gemini Male shortly after, causing their dying pose to be that of the Gemini sign, and [[spoiler: Lady Silk in The Blacksmith's arms]].
* DragonLady: Madame Blossom.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Subverted in the cases of Jack Knife and Brass Body. The former enters the film as a hedonistic foreigner who delivers a vicious death using his [[ImprobableWeapon gun/knife/saw...]] [[BuffySpeak thing]], and ends up being one of the more upstanding and heroic characters in the movie. The latter enters while entertaining local children with his strength and being all smiles...only to be revealed as a monstrous assassin and borderline rapist with little regard for anyone else in his way.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Blacksmith
* EvilIsHammy: Silver Lion.
* FatBastard: Crazy Hippo.
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Silver Lion
** TheDragon: Brass Body
** TheEvilGenius: Poison Dagger
** TheBrute: Bronze Lion
** TheDarkChick: Madame Blossom [[spoiler: though she and the Silver Lion start plotting to betray each other almost as soon as they join forces.]]
* FourStarBadass: [[spoiler: Jack Knife.]]
* FriendToAllChildren: Brass Body.
* GatlingGood: Subverted. During the last act of the movie, a big fuss is made over the fact that the Emperor's troops are approaching the village with a gatling gun to massacre everyone. [[spoiler:Then it's never used.]]
* GenocideFromTheInside: Late in the movie Brass Body reveals that he was a member of yet another animal themed clan, but he killed off the rest of his clan years ago.
* TheGiant / WorldsStrongestMan: In-universe, Brass Body (played by former wrestler/MMA fighter [[{{Batista}} Dave Bautista]]).
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Brass Body's fighting style, combined with his strength and NighInvulnerability makes him hard to beat. And if he is losing, [[spoiler: turns out he DOES have training and he actually is a skilled martial artist]].
* {{Gorn}}
* GrievousHarmWithABody: One third of the Gemini's fighting style consists of using tandem momentum. The other parts are guns on Gemini Female's body and their matching blades, which also help their routine.
* HealItWithFire: Twice done to [[spoiler: The Blacksmith's arms, once to cauterize the wound and one to prep it for the installation of the titular Iron Fists.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Two of the last loyal members of the Lion clan that were working against Silver Lion, die saving Zhen Yi from Brass Body's attempted assassination. ]]
** [[spoiler: Lady Silk ]]
* HighPressureBlood
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler: Brass Body, for most of the film,]] is set up as a guy who uses strength and NighInvulnerability with minimal fighting skill. Until he reveals that in addition to being all but impervious to damage, he's also [[spoiler: a master of the [[ActorAllusion Tiger]] Style fighting technique]].
* ImplacableMan: Brass Body is this in a big way for most of his scenes. Nothing any fighter in the movie does to him fazes him in the slightest. [[spoiler: Until the film's climax, where the Blacksmith ups his game and a wound given to Brass Body by Lady Silk leads to Brass Body's downfall.]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Pretty much everyone, but special mention goes to Jack Knife's gun/drill/knife.
* KnifeNut: A heroic example in Zhen Yi, they don't call him [[HiddenWeapons X-Blade for nothing]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: Discussed by the Blacksmith. [[spoiler: he pointed out he is suffering due to straying from the path, and eventually he loses his love, Lady Silk, and his arms.]]
** [[spoiler: The villains die in a karmic way. Brass Body brags about "drilling" Lady Silk, and gets drilled in return. Silver Lion wanted gold, and he gets it--all two tons right on his head.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Brass Body of the [[spoiler: lost Tiger Clan. He killed them all himself.]]
* LimitBreak: Done by the Blacksmith to [[spoiler: Brass Body]] during the final battle.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Averted [[spoiler: all three main male protagonists survive while every major female character dies]].
* MyGirlIsASlut: Played with. Thaddeus doesn't seem to have a problem with Lady Silk working in a brothel, but it is also mentioned that Thaddeus is the only customer she has.
* NippleAndDimed: Not a single female nipple shown, rather surprisingly, considering half the film takes place at a brothel, and several gratuitous sex acts are depicted on screen.
* NomDeGuerre: The entire cast seems to go by these, save a few exceptions, see NoNameGiven.
* NoNameGiven: Almost none of the characters' real names were revealed. Exceptions are the X-Blade (Zhen Yi), Jack Knife (Jack C. Wales) and the Blacksmith (Thaddeus Smith).
* PunnyName: Thaddeus Smith, the black smith, chiefly. Jack Knife, though it isn't his actual last name, and others as well.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Madame Blossom's last act is to save an orphan girl allowing the mortally wounded Bronze Lion to throw a weapon into her exposed back as she saved the child.]]
* ShoutOut: So very many. An obvious one being the final fight between [[spoiler: Zhen Yi and Silver Lion]], in a HallOfMirrors a la EnterTheDragon. In this version, however, it's actually shown how it all works.
** Naturally, there are more than a few Music/WuTangClan references.
** There's a brief musical cameo of Sally Yeh's theme for JohnWoo's ''TheKiller''.
** The character Poison Dagger is almost a {{Expy}} for Number 3/Brother Scorpion in their roles as TheGhost [[spoiler: and CorruptBureaucrat]] from Film/FiveDeadlyVenoms minus not having his alter ego get lines before the reveal.
** Possible ones may have been that the [[Film/TheMachineGirl Hero loses one or both arms,]] [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist gets metal replacement,]] [[MortalKombat kicks butt.]]
* SequelHook: no sooner is the movie over than [[spoiler: the wife of Zhen Yi is kidnapped by the Hawk clan.]]
* SoleSurvivor: The Blacksmith is the only survivor of a shipwreck in his backstory.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Inverted with X-Blade's suit of spikes/knives, as he's one of the film's most heroic characters.
* SupportingProtagonist: The Blacksmith.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Subverted. While many thrown weapons can or should kill, most throwers die before they can retrieve their weapons, [[spoiler: including Gemini Male and Madame Blossom]]. However, they can be perfectly capable of some combat without their weapon. The X-Blade's suit includes several fire and forget blades, but not a single one works against Brass Body.
* WilhelmScream: When The Blacksmith sends mooks flying.
* WorldOfBadass
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Brass Body kills a guy with a powerbomb. Wrestling/{{Batista}} actually used a variant as his finishing move during his wrestling career.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Brass Body.
* YankTheDogsChain: As soon as the Blacksmith and Lady Silk have earned enough money to buy their way out of Jungle Village and to a better life, they get caught at the center of the ongoing power struggle.
* YouKilledMyFather: Zhen Yi to Silver Lion.
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