If you have visited this site for the first time Welcome and i hope you will frequent this site or even join our members and take part.Here at Kick'em In The Ghoulies were all about the Martial Way ,so if your into your martial arts whether you train in one or love the films,games or are in to the Asian Music scene this is the place to be ,so without further rantings please enjoy and train hard and be safe.
We will also be at the London Film and Comic Con which runs on the 5th to the 7th of July ,so look out for a report on that to . It can be a good place to find that elusive film,as well as pick up some bargains to.
Each month will put up on the home page ,a celebrity,Politician or other famous person will become our Martial artist of the month. These are people in the public eye either in film ,TV,Politics,artist or whatever. But the one thing is did you know they did martial arts . If you did not ,well there's a surprise.
You would think summer had finally arrived ,with the UK temperatures hitting quite a high over the past few days, who knows what will come . But one thing for sure is our continued barrage of quality entertainment to review over the coming weeks.
After some of our latest reviews and features you would think it may be a bit slow. But no next up on our list of treats is of course the Terracotta Far East Film Festival where we are attending at least five features .
With the Festival starting on the 6th of June and running to the 15th ,we hope to bring you a varied selection of reviews from the show. One film we are really looking forward to see is the new film by Ryu Seung Wan ( Arahan,City of Violence ,Crying Fist) ,this South Korean director continues to deliver hard hitting stories with a emphasis on action and his new film The Berlin File looks set to be just that.
On the Chinese Hong Kong front we have two films we are attending ,the first is the new film from Johnnie TO ( Sparrow, Life without Principle, Throwdown) , the film stars Louis Koo,Sun Honglei and Lam Suet .
When a Police officer partners a Drug Lord to gain information to round up a drug syndicate it seems there may be more to the drug lords motives then meets the eye ,other then saving his own skin from the death penalty.
Our next film is a film about a pair of detectives who are investigating a string of murders which have a unusual mystery in that the bullets used for the killings vanish. Nicholas Tse and Lam Ching Wan star in The Bullet Vanishes. The film is directed by Lo Chi Leung.
Lo Chi -Leung's The Bullet Vanishes
Back to South Korea for our next adventure In Young in the Time Detective Young Gun usually deals in unusual cases ,but when he is approached by a woman to kill someone he is a bit unsure, but before he can decide to take the case the woman gets killed in a accident. Young Gun decides to investigate further and gets embroiled in a mystery surrounding a time machine.The film stars Hong Young Geun and Choi Sun Hyun.
There will be a full feature on the festival on site covering all films shown ,but the ones above will get full reviews on Kickemintheghoulies or Shooteminthehead ,or may even on both sites if i can get some alternate reviews going to.
There will be others covered to ,but as yet where not sure which. Plus once the festival has passed we will let you in on what other wonders are coming to the site.
So be sure to check back here after the 15th June to see what else we have in store for you.
*All content is subject to change depending on available media.
Another batch of reviews are published on site ,Jackie Chan's CZ12 finally got it's review after waiting for the film to arrive and finally watching it twice to give everyone a well informed lowdown on the film.
Also arriving with CZ12 was another highly anticipated film , The Grandmaster directed by Wong Kar Wai. With any film related to the life of IP MAN having to go up against Donnie Yen's own portrayal of the master ,I'm sure your wondering if this film cuts the butter so to speak.
Our latest review is Andrew Lau's The Guillotines ,which tells the story of the Qing Dynasty's elite assassination squad, on things for sure the film will keep you entertained . Full review up now.
The end of last year a new games console was released ,no where not talking Nintendo Wii U here. Back in the early 90's SNK produced probably the most advanced games consoles out there, the NEO GEO systems where the pinnacle of having a arcade in your house.
Thing was the systems where a bit pricey at around £500.plus the games came in at a pretty penny to as they where on cartridge and often could be up to £300 a pop. Even with the event of SNK releasing a CD based machine it was still a expensive past time, though the games where cheaper on CD ( still like £50-£100) many hated the longer load times something non existent on the cartridge based system but the system still offered the same level of graphics and game play.
So many gamers settled for their NES ,SNES and Megadrive's hoping one day they may afford to indulge in a NEO GEO.
Now in a venture with TOMO,SNK have licensed Tomo to produce a new combo NEO GEO system which comprises a handheld and a docking station so you may hook up to your TV,it also comes with 20 games preloaded on the handheld and a copy of the original SNK arcade stick (though they are smaller) ,for fight fans the NEO GEO was the only system to have ,it's home to the King of Fighters series,Samurai Showdown and Fatel Fury.
The Neo Geo X handheld from SNK/TOMO
There have been mixed reports on the system which retails for £175 in the UK and is available from Funstock . The word up on the handheld is that's it's cool but the docking element to hook up to TV's leaves much to be desired.Resulting in a colour bleeding or screen tearing.
It's known the system which is incompatible with existing NEO GEO product uses emulation to run the games. But with new games coming on small cards and SD CARD support arriving soon it may be a great little system to own. If they can sort out the TV connection issues with a firmware update and rectify this in future batches it could be a winner.
But to leave you thinking check out the pretty awesome trailer for the system below .
Looking into the future Hong Kong Cinema expert Ricky Baker of Eastern Heroes is relaunching Eastern Heroes at the new Martial Arts Expo which is headed by Kwoklyn Wan ,the shows in October on the 19th and 20th at the Ricoh center in Coventry and will feature martial arts displays,guest teachers,seminars and film shows to.
Cynthia Rothrock puts eager martial artists through there paces at the 2011 TMAS
In fact Cloudtoe and myself where here ,look you can just see my back
Cynthia Rothrock has confirmed attendance and so has Bill Wallace. Ricky is trying to secure a big name star for the event ,of late we know he has contacted Sammo Hung, Robert Lee (brother of Bruce) and even a rumor of Andy On going around. There's no confirmation of late but it's early days yet ,of course all guests have work commitments so these will of course come first. More news as we get it.
The gangs all here, from left to right, the Big Man of Jujitsu ,Mr Kevin Pell ( it's best to call him Mr or sir, no in fact he's a great guy and trained with my instructor Richard Morris) then we have Kwoklyn Wan ,Steve Kerridge and my old mate Rick Baker (Eastern Heroes) and Raphael Saffa.
Picture courtesy of Rick Baker