"On the first day of shooting, Eli Roth remembers, he stood with RZA on a set in Shanghai on which China’s Forbidden City had been extravagantly re-created, as 500 extras waited for their cue. “Labor is so cheap there, some days he had 700 people working on the crew,” Roth says. “And I said, ‘RZA, you realize it looks like you’re making The Last Emperor’ “—Bernardo Bertolucci’s multiple- Oscar-winning 1987 historical drama. “And he said, ‘Yeah, I saw that movie when I was a kid. I thought it was going to be a kung fu movie. That movie sucked.’ I said, ‘So basically you’re remaking The Last Emperor the way you wish it had been.’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah—that’s exactly what I’m doing.’ "
— The Man with the Iron Fists, by Wu-Tang Clan’s The Rza - GQ