In less than two weeks, Wu-Tang Clan fanatics will finally see the visual realization of those kung fu movie samples RZA has been sprinkling Clan albums with since the November 1993 release of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
The Wu leader's feature film directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists, made under the guidance of friends/respected genre filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth, is an unabashedly violent and old-school martial arts extravaganza. Surrounded by wall-to-wall bloodshed, fights, and diverse co-stars (ranging from Russell Crowe to professional wrestler Dave Bautista), RZA stars as The Blacksmith, a quiet soul who, when he's not crafting weapons by hand, protects his village from malicious intruders the only way he knows how: by slicing through them with his non-liquid swords.
To promote such a singular project, the folks at Universal Pictures have teamed up with Ignition Phit to unveil a rather badass 16-piece graphic outdoor series. An eclectic and highly gifted group of artists was assembled to design heavily stylized and visually striking posters for The Man with the Iron Fists, all of which will be plastered out in public in the following cities prior to the film's November 2nd release: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C./Baltimore, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Detroit, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Phoenix.
But you don't have to scour those cities to find the poster seen below, designed by Aspen, CO, native Jeff Stevens. Complex is giving away a copy of Stevens' simple yet eye-popping illustration to one lucky winner, along with a swag pack including an Iron Fists bandana, T-shirt, beanie, and cufflinks. In addition, four other Complex fans will receive just the poster.
To win, simply name three kung fu movies that RZA has directly sampled over the years. Once you have your answers, tweet them at @ComplexPopCult, using the hashtag #RZAKungFu, no later than next 10 a.m. EST next Monday morning, 10/29.
Enter now, and, while you're waiting for the results, visit The Man with the Iron Fists official website, follow the film on Twitter, and check out its Facebook page, and mark your calendars for November 2nd.
Jeff Stevens' poster for The Man with the Iron Fists:
Watch The Man with the Iron Fists trailer: