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.
Yes April has been with us a couple weeks now and the weather is still pretty abysmal,will be posting a couple of reviews in a few days .
On the news front ,one film many fans are waiting to see is Stephen Chow's Journey to the West Conquering the Demons. It's been breaking all the box office records in Asia so chances are it's going to be a cracker. Only sad thing is that Stephen directs but does not star in the film. Which is a shame as i just look at his face and Laugh , just think he's the most talented comedian alive. Any how here's a trailer and a poster from the film.
Also a new film based on a 70's Marvel comic series is in the process of being made, and to top that it's being produced by Life of Pi director Ang Lee and directed by Yeun Woo Ping. Named Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu it follows the son of Fu Manchu. Where quite excited by this one.
One of the original comic covers
Yes Spring is here (it is really) and Summer is coming, we have had quite a few new reviews up of late and i am sure your want to know what coming on site in the next four to five weeks in the review and feature stakes. Well with the review of Jackie's CZ12 being compiled as of now your be thinking what else can we possibly review to cause a stir.
Well next up is a film which in effect has been in the making for ten years. It actually took more or less three years to film and the story has changed slightly from it's first inception.Yes Prolific director Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmasters is here.
Instead of concentrating on just the story of Ip Man ,now the film tells the story of a group of masters ,it stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai as Ip Man and also stars Zhang Ziyi .
Then keeping it all very traditional we have Shawn Yue and Huang Xiaoming in ''The Guillotines.
But we don't stop there, we also have a film from earlier last year which will be part of our second Director Special where we look at Gordon Chan and his films , the film in question is ''The Four'' which is said to play like a Chinese XMEN in a traditional setting.
So i i hope that gets the juices flowing in the entertainment stakes .
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We have had a few reviews this past few weeks on site ,it all started with our look at the classic Bruce Lee film ''The Big Boss'' .
Lobby card for the Big Boss
Since then we have published reviews for classic Chan flick Twin Dragons ,the 2012 Wong Jing comedy Mr & Mrs Gambler with Chapman To and Fiona Sit and another gambling comedy from 2005 again by Wong Jing,KungFu Mahjong 2.
Chapman To and Fiona Sit in Mr & Mrs Gambler
And making it a trio our most recent review is another Wong Jing produced film ,2012 action and third in the series of the Naked series , Naked Soldier with Jennifer Tse and Sammo Hung and directed by Marco Mak.
Jennifer Tse in Naked Soldier
Not forgetting our first director special has gone live where we look at Ryu Seung - Wan and a selection of his films in a selection of mini reviews.
The action packed and thrilling City of Violence by Ryu Seung-Wan
Look out for our review of Jackie Chan's latest box office draw CZ12 in a few days.
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.
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