Jamie Chung is one of the few ethnic Korean actresses making some headway in Hollywood today. Recently, she was seen in “Sucker Punch” and “The Hangover 2″. She’s also been cast in “The Man With The Iron Fists”, rapper-turned-director RZA’s homage to the old Shaw Brothers kung-fu movies.
Today, ComingSoon.net managed to speak to Chung to get some updates on the project which has completed filming, and is now in post-production. Chung said: “The original cut was four hours long and RZA was like, ‘Let’s turn it into two movies! [Producer] Eli [Roth] was like, ‘Eh…’” Someone’s obviously been inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”. Not surprising, since he executive produced this project.
The 28-year-old actress added: “They’re really excited and I have complete faith in RZA, he’s a genius when it comes to these things and he knows the genre so well. So, it’s cut down to an hour and a half. Now he’s working on the music. Everyone is stoked but it will have that cool feel like ’36th Chamber of Shaolin’ or ‘Five Deadly Venoms.’ It’s definitely a delicacy and Russell Crowe is doing some amazing things that you would never see him do in film. It’s a fun movie. I think it may come out in August.”
The story centres on a blacksmith (RZA) in feudal China who makes weapons for a small village. He is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers. Why a black dude is living in ancient China is a mystery that will hopefully be answered in the movie. Or maybe it’s just one of those crazy alternate-universe settings where a black dude can run around ancient China and nobody bats a single eyelid.
“The Man With The Iron Fists” also stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Pam Grier.