When we left our nameless Blacksmith (RZA) hero in the first movie, he had successfully defeated the cruel Silver Lion and brought peace to the people of Jungle village. And now a new journey lays before him. Wanting to restore his Chi and to atone for his sins, the Blacksmith begins traveling to the Wu Chi Mountain, a mountain that is said to have a well that holds a very powerful Chi that has been nicknamed the Golden Nectar. The Golden Nectar is said to provide it's consumer with immortality, and maybe this Chi can help right the Blacksmith's wrongs. But his journey is interrupted when his boat is attacked by Silver Lion's brother, and during battle the Blacksmith is knocked unconscious into the river which carries his body to a new village with new troubles.
Inner peace is not easy accomplished, especially not on this journey.
The Tsaifu village has struck upon very dark times. A cruel, power-hungry clan known as the Beetle Clan has infiltrated the village and forced the inhabitants to mine endlessly under the city for silver. Lead by the evil Master Ho (Carl Ng) who loves to flaunt his power and ability to take anything he pleases, no one who has stood up to him has ever come out of the fight alive. And what's worse yet, is what is happening to the young girls of the village. For some unexplained reason, every night a new girl is found within the village with blue, withered skin...like they've been sucked dry of their Chi! The Tsaifu villagers fear that it's the ghost of Lord Pi, a renegade monk who died trying to take the Golden Nectar by force - it's rumored that his spirit sucks the Chi from innocent victims every night. The girls die by night, and if the villagers do no comply with the silver mining by day more lives are lost. Is there hope for Tsaifu? Of course there is!
Withered girls? Slave-driving invader clans? Tsaifu has seen better times!
Among the ranks of the silver miners is a man named Li Kung. Li Kung (Dustin Nguyen) keeps his head down in the mines, but he is a skilled fighter...and watching these young girls fall victim to this mysterious force is too much for him to bear. He has a young daughter of his own named Innocence (Pim Bubear) that he wants to furiously protect. But the Beetle Clan and the disabled Mayor of the village (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) do nothing...and Li Kung cannot hold back his anger for much longer. And that is when the Blacksmith comes into his life. The Blacksmith - who reveals his name is Thaddeus - is rescued from the river by Innocence and his wounds are cared for. During his care, Thaddeus learns about the plight of the Tsaifu village and while he's already decided to devote his life to peace he cannot leave these poor villagers to suffer at the hands of the Beetle Clan. So Thaddeus and Li Kung strike up a deal. As payment for helping him in his time of need, Thaddeus will stay to help create weapons that Li Kung and his supporters can use in their uprising against the Beetle Clan. With any luck, they'll push the enemy out of their village and the torturous silver mining will stop! But in the process of preparing for battle...a more sinister enemy will be uncovered, one that will become unstoppable all because of an innocent oversight. Do the people of Tsaifu have a chance? Lets hope so!
Stand up Tsaifu! Now is your time!!
As amazing as the first Man With the Iron Fists was, this movie is totally on par!!! I love that I've been treated to so many amazing sequels lately! Just like in the first, I love the crazy stylized fighting and choreography - I think the first movie definitely pushed harder as far as the fight scenes go but Iron Fists 2 still has great action, so much violence!! I also love that this whole movie is set to a really cool hip hop soundtrack, a weird fit for a kung fu movie but it works so well! Not as much gore as the first movie, but definitely the same amount of sexy sleaze and gut-punching violence! My only issue? Much like the first movie, I had to rewatch the beginning of this movie a couple of times to get a full grasp of the plot that was being laid out - the beginning is super meaty! But honestly, with how cool this Kung-Fu sequel is, I didn't mind rewatching it one bit! Kung-Fu and martial arts movie fans, fans of killer Tarantino-approved movies are in for a treat. Long live the world of badass sequels!!!
Check out the trailer - you will NOT be disappointed!