“I don’t know how he moved the nuts, but he moved the nuts.”
As Wu-Tang Clan‘s resident kung fu flick scholar, RZA has never missed an opportunity to delve into the genre’s holy grail and its influence over the group’s early material. He literally wrote a book about it. And in a recent chat with Vanity Fair, the abbot was given yet another chance to praise the gospel of Shaw Brothers productions and the many mysteries of Shaolin.
In the new clip, RZA compiles a list of ten titles sampled on Wu-Tang albums, picking apart the group’s references to classics like The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Master of the Flying Guillotine. Five Deadly Venoms, The Mystery of Chess Boxing, Ten Tigers of Kwangtung, and more, flick-by-flick. With nothing short of authoritative detail, the Wu-Tang founder enters a charming and profoundly nerdy mode pulling threads between the group’s sonic (and mythological) cues from classic Chinese cinema.
Watch RZA break down ten iconic kung-fu films sampled and/or referenced by the Wu-Tang Clan below.