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A guide to essential kung fu classics

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We explore the cinematic origins of the 'The Man with the Iron Fists' By David Walker Special to MSN MoviesAs a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, hip-hop impresario RZA has always been open about the tremendous impact kung fu movies had on his life. The title of Wu-Tang's debut album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," was in reference to "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin," a kung fu movie produced by the legendary Hong Kong production company Shaw Brothers. Having branched out into film scores and acting, Wu-Tang leader RZA makes his film directing debut with "The Man with the Iron Fists," an homage to the kung fu films he watched in his youth. Bing:Watch a trailer for 'The Man With the Iron Fists' | Learn more about 'The Man With the Iron Fists'Kung fu movies first made their way to the United States in the early 1970s, playing primarily in Asian-owned theaters in the heart of Chinatowns across America and inner-city grindhouses in double and triple features with blaxploitation flicks and horror movies. Dozens of movies by the Shaw Brothers and their competitor Golden Harvest were sold in television syndication deals in the early 1980s and packaged as "Black Belt Theater" or "Kung Fu Theater" by various television stations. Every Saturday afternoon the golden era of Hong Kong action filmmaking was broadcast on television, directly influencing and entire generation of future filmmakers, the result of which can be seen in "The Man with the Iron Fists," as well as hundreds of other movies. Here is a look at some of the most important movies from the golden era of kung fu cinema. Want more Movies? Be sure to like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter.(Universal Studios)
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