Today, I saw a preview for “The Man with the Iron Fists” and I went from underwhelmed to acutely annoyed. There is nothing that really irritates me more than seeing Western (mostly American) directors narrow down a whole culture into a few elements and call it a tribute to the culture. Uh, sure…
This movie is “presented by” Quentin Tarantino who needs an Adderall dart. It was directed by RZA of the Wu Tang Clan and Eli Roth is some how attached to the movie. Let me just say that I don’t like Quentin Tarantino or Eli Roth because I think they both make movies for adolescent boys or men who want to pretend they are still adolescents. Mind you adolescent boys are about as discerning as pigs at a trough. If you fill their trough with sex and violence, they will eat until their stomachs explode.
Anyways, if you want to see a movie that takes place in China, go to the library and checkout free movies made by actual people in China that are way more interesting. Oh wait, if you watch movies by actual Chinese people (or any other people from Asia), they might not contain the appropriate, reassuring stereotypes.
Because believe it or not, not all Chinese people know martial arts and not all Chinese women are waiting in brothels to gleeful service Western men (mostly white). More annoying than the martial arts stereotype is the stereotype about Chinese women being submissive, sexual objects who desire nothing more than to be used.
Of all the Asian women I’ve ever met or known, this would probably be the last idea I’d associate with them. If nothing else, I always got the feeling that these women had a definite sense of self. They seemed to know their worth and have the confidence to work towards their goals despite working against stereotypes.