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|Posted by THE SNAKE on September 4, 2014 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
It's not long till the Strength and Combat show incorperating Seni 2014, this means also it's not long till Eastern Heroes hold there Hwang Jung Lee and Bruce Lee weekend at the show.
So if you have not yet purchased your ticket i suggest your quick about it as this is one event not to miss, Also Attending is Ninja/ Undisputed star Scott Adkins who will be on the Eastern Heroes stand for autographs and photos as well.
Now we have been busy working on some new features and reviews of late , and one feature to appear in just a few short days is a look back at the Kung Fu filmscene in London back in the 80's and 90's . This was a time when Eastern Heroes,Beymark International,Shaolin Club and a few others including the official Jackie Chan club brought fans the films and the events that we craved .
If you where one of the attendees to any of the events at the now defunct Scala cinema,the Metro cinema or the Prince Charles Cinema in Liecester Square ( which has become the go to place for these films now) then your be taken back in our site feature of those days.
The films may be more at hand and obtainable now from one source or another ,but nothing can replicate the days of those cinema's and the VHS tape era that we all where a part of.
I will post a update here when our feature is up ,won't be long ,be before the show on the 13th and 14th.So maybe I'll meet a few old timers who frequented those events back then.
But to get your juices flowing ,who remembers this ---
All the way to Nottingham and back just to see Drunken Master 2 at the cinema, yep i done that
|Posted by THE SNAKE on July 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
September sees the return of SENI ,which is combined within the new Combat and Strength show ,being held at London's Soccer dome in Greenwich. Taking place on the 12th and 14th of September ,so it's some time ahead.
My old friends at Eastern Heroes ,Rick Baker and Toby Russel have secured a major star for the weekend for a Kung Fu Cinema celebration which also features some new books and articles on Bruce Lee.
But here's the great news , 'SILVER FOX '' is coming , yes Master Hwang Jang Lee is spending two days at the event to meet fans and sign autographs ,which Rick Baker has assured won't be to crazy in price.
The price to attend the event is just the price of the SENI and Combat show fee of £20 for the day, so after meeting Master Lee your still have lots to do ,with many other great martial artists from all fields at the event.
But there's more, On the 14th of September Master Hwang Jang Lee will hold a two hour Impact kicking seminar between 12 and 2pm.
Price for the seminar ,which includes your ticket for the show is just £35..
Of course the seminar will sell out quickly ,so if you want to train with master Lee you best book your tickets now. The link to the Seminar page where you can buy tickets for the seminar is below.Remember it includes your show ticket as well .
Master Hwang Jang Lee
Where there on Sunday 14th of September , because we have our seminar ticket booked already..
This is a one of chance to see the Master of Taekwondo ,meet him,train with him and get his autograph and picture.
So hope to see you there ,
|Posted by THE SNAKE on July 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Yes we know we wanted to update this the other day, but we where not to know getting back from Hyper Japan that our internet connection would be slower then a dead snail. we just could not do anything creative.
So here it is the final teaser of Hyper Japan 2014 before we publish our ful feature on site.
Saturday saw another hot day and we got there early to get some gaming in and we had to see Hiroki Ninja perofm again as we where amazed at his feats. Plus it gave us a chance to get some alternative pictures of the show.
Tradditonal music and dance was in full swing to with the re-appearence of Minyo group last year consisting of Hibiki Ichikawa,Akari Mochizuki and the London Okinawa Sanshinkai and they gave various perfomances through out the weekend on the Main,Fringe and Martial arts stages.
Saturday also saw the Martial arts stage at it's busiest with demonstrations of Karate,Iaido,Kendo and Jiujitsu among the performers.
Cosplay was also more evident on Saturday ,with many in costume and more so in the afternoon session as the cosparade was on the main stage in the afternoon.
Fans of more modern music where not left out either with Jpop and Jrock stars appearing to get the crowds bopping along. While they partook in Japanese delicacies and traddianal drinking in the form of Sake as well as the many Japanese beers to buy to.
From browsing the stalls to visiting the pandemonium which was the Nintendo stand for some gaming action.
Hyper Japan is back in November on the 14th to the 16th at Olympia for the Hyper Japan Christmas Market , where be there to get in on the action , but that about wraps up our teaser for Hyper Japan 2014 .
Our full site feature will be up in a few days ,once we recall all our shenanigans of the three days and we sift through all the photos we took,sorting the good from the bad and what will go where..
But for now .Be Safe,Train Hard and most all , of have Fun.
|Posted by THE SNAKE on July 25, 2014 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Hyper Japan is back in London Town and we where there on the opening day on Friday 25th at London's Earls Court.
This year the Hyper Japan team have taken over the larger hall at Earls Court one, added a number of dedicated stages apart from the main stage and though the Friday is never filled to capacity it looks like the bigger venue may hold up well when the weekend crowds arrive on Saturday and Sunday.
Today we where still treated to some great acts on stage and it gave us time to browse the stalls and even get some play time on Nintendo's and Bandai Namco's stand..
Real Life Ninja Warrior Hiroki appeared on stage today (he's back Saturday/Sunday) and delivered a heart pounding perfomance.. as well as holding a small workshop for all those who wish to learn his training techniques with the aid of a Towel. I suppose you can't give visitors Nunchucks ,we would have people knocked out on the floor as they hit themselves ,
a towel in your face won't render you unconsious .
Karate and Ninja Hiroki performs on stage on Friday
He's back both Saturday and Sunday and the workshops are short and free ,you just have sign a disclaimer that you can exert yourself .. because they don't want people actually keeling over from just hitting themselves with a towel.
There where a couple of other Martial art displays on the Martial arts Tatami ,Karate and Battado Samurai swordmanship.
Workshops,Bonsai and Ninjas , all at Hyper Japan 2014
They even had another art form on display ,the art of the Bonsai tree , with a huge range of Bonsai to view and Buy.
The Bonsai Kai Club are passionette about their art ,but the arts council won't recognise it as a art and so they get no funding.. . Well I'm sorry Arts Council ,Bonsai ia art form that's been around for century's . Compared to some of the things they throw money at ..Bonsai is a art that teaches care ,Paitence through how one sees ones self. Something we could all learn from..
For more info visit www.bonsaikai.org.uk
We had JPOP to close the show from Jpop duo Yanakiku and Saturday where back to indulge in entertainment and view other arts and hopefully get loads of pictures for you all to see.
Check back tomorrow for another mini update before our fully fledged feature goes live..
Sertes Nake ..
|Posted by THE SNAKE on July 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
It was with shock that the news came about Thai action legend ,stuntman,Action Choreographer and Director Panna Rittikirai passing at the weekend at the age of just 53..
Star of many films in Thailand in the 80's and 90's Panna went on to define the way films are made in Thailand. He directed his first film 1984 ,''Gerd Ma Lui'' which is actually the original to the film ''Born to Fight ' from 2004 ,which Panna also directed.
Of course Most of us in the West will know him for the showstopping film Ong Bak (2003) where he was the action director , directing his student and friend Tony Jaa. He went on to action direct Tom Yum Goong,Mecury Man and Born to Fight.
After that he gave us Jeeja Yanin Vismitananda in Chocolate , another showstopping film with full on action..
In 2006 he starred alongside Thai action hero Dan Chupong in Dynamite Warrior ,giving a full on performance as the bad guy who fights Dan Chupong at the end of the movie.
Well be doing a small feature page on the late Master Rittikrai ,where where look at some of the films he set the world alight with.. It's quite hard in the West to source the earlier films .But where do the best we can to honor him..
Panna Riitikrai passed away on July 19th 2014. He was taken ill last November with Liver disease. It was later found that he also had a Brain Tumour ..
R.I.P Master Rittikrai
Panna Rittikrai as the Black Wizard in 2006 film Dynamite Warrior
aka Khon Fai Bin
|Posted by THE SNAKE on July 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
Jackie Chan is now well under way with filming of his latest action Blockbuster. The films being shot in the desert and is a story of warring forces in ancient China who come across a legion of Roam Soldiers.
John Cusack and Adrien Brody star in this film telling the story of two armies from two very different continents.
After the speculation that Mel Gibson was the big A list Hollywood star to be connected with the film, we now know this to be untrue and in fact we have two A list Hollywood stars taking part,neither of which is Mel Gibson.
Benny The Jet Urquidez is on set to in the fight action department. Plsu he's also John Cusack's martial arts teacher and has been for years..
Filming in the heat of the desert is going to get harder as well as soon they move further into the Gobi desrt to film.
The film is being directed by Daniel Lee ,giving Jackie Chan a break after CZ12 and 1911.. Though we still know he's pretty much hands on any film he makes..
More as we get it..
Jackie Chan as Huo An
John Cusack as Lucius
Adrien Brody as Tiberius
|Posted by Bruno B on June 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Hello I'm Bruno B. back with another segment in our e3 break down. if your wondering where part 2 went to well it's on our sister site Cosplay Heroes and you can view it here..
Right it's the time for Nintendo to reveal their big hitters for the following year.
Again for going a tradditional conference like Sony or Microsoft. for another year , it looks like Nintendo's fresh take on things may pay of.
Riding high of the back off the release of Mario Kart 8 less then two weeks ago, which amassed over 1.2million sales in just three days and saw in the UK alone Wii U sales spike by 666% ,yes you read that right.
Nothing could prepare me or any other game fan for what in just 46 minutes Nintendo gave firm release dates and announced new game after new game for Wii U and 3DS.
But the focus here was on Wii U.
Starting of with a fun filled intro it was Smash Brothers on Wii U and 3DS that got the ball rollin.with more footage and more announcements about the game ,like the use of Mii characters in the game which can take on the form of a brawler ' Swordfighter or Gunner.. Also from the demo on view the game turns your Mii into a fully fledged fighter that's capable of competitng with the best in Smash.
So now those Mii's of Bruce Lee,Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan can now confront eachother in the greatest battle on earth.
Releasing in OCTOBER on 3DS and in the holiday season on Wii U. Why sucha big gap you ask ,well Nintnedo's next announcement answered that in one word....
''Amiibo'' Ammibo is Nintendo's answer to Disney's Infinity or Activision's Skylanders. but the comparisons are thin when you start to look at Amiibo. Using Nintendo's NFC tech bulit into the Nintendo Wii U ,yes that little emblem on the left of your Wii U Gamepad is the NFC ( Near Field Communication) emblem , Yes using figurines of your favorite Nintendo franchises your be able to personalise each of your players yur using in the forthcoming Smash Brothers for Wii U.
By placing the figure on the gamepad NFC reader the charcter will appear instantly within the game giving extra abilities to help combat your opponents, but your also be able to train your fighter and and as he progressess and improves your be able to take your figure to saya friends house and import the data to his game and use your charcter their , why ? because the Nintendo Figures not only transfer data from the figure to the game they also collect data and save to the figurine , thus making each figures abilities unique to you.
Nintendo are also working on bringing the Amiibo figures to the 3DS version of Smash by use of a portal which will come in 2015.
But Amiibo does not stop there ,these figures are not just used for one game ,the very same figures with what ever data transferred to them will also be used in other game styles ,thus making the figures you buy usable in a vast range of games.
And the next game to to get Amiibo abilities after Smash will be the recently released Mario Kart 8 which will be upated once the figures are released .
If you watch the Amiibo announcment your also get other clues to what games may take advantage of the characters ,but one things for sure ,Nintendo are on to asure fire winner here and they know it.
So already Nintendo had announced some cool new ideas and a new concept ,but it didn't stop there.
The offical announcment and showing of of Yarn Yoshi or what is known now as Yoshi's Wooley World looked amazing with textures i have never seen in a video game to the effect that the programmers have gone to. Releasing in 2015 Yoshi looks set to warm the hearts of thousands.
Yoshi's Wooley World - out 2015 on Wii U
But one game many Wii U owners have been waiting for and many have also tried at various gaming events is Bayonetta 2 by Platinium Games.. With a new trailer shwoing some cool gamplay it 'was announced that the game will arrive this fall but that's not all ,many Nintendo owners where asking Platinium to port Bayonetta One so they could play the series from the start , you know maybe a eshop release at a special price. . But no Nintendo go one better ,Bayonetta One will be included on the Bayonetta 2 disc free . Now we know why the wait was so long . we can't wait.
Bayonetta on Wii U - twice the fun for the price of one.
The games kept coming to with announcmenet after announcment ,but to find out the rest your have to wait for part 2 of this our Nintendo at E3 breakdown , which will be appearing on our sister site Cosplay Heroes.
This is Bruno B calming down before i have a Nintendo meltdown ,it's just to much to take in..
|Posted by Bruno B on June 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
Electronic Arts also had their showcase today at E3 ,with the likes of Battlefield and Dragon Age which we mentioned below.
But one of their main reveals was showing footage of the Bruce Lee Content in their new UFC game on Xbox One and PS4.
Enjoy the trailer.
The Dragon Lives On ..
|Posted by Bruno B on June 9, 2014 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Yes folks it's that time of year again where gamers worldwide wait with baited breath to see what must have and exclusive (if any) titles will be making it to their console of choice.
It may seem like nothing to non gamers,but to a game fan who has spent his hard earned cash on a particular console ,he needs to know that it's going to deliver.
Today we look at some of the titles coming to XBOX ONE.
Also announced recently is the XBOX ONE without the Kinect option,Which is available Now for only £349. Thing is you can if you search around pick up one with Kinect for that money ,in fact Amazon had a one day special the other day ,they where selling the Titanfall edition with Kinect for that very price.
Also the UK advert on TV for the new bundle is a bit misleading, why you ask , well the advert shows a young man talking to his XBOX (via the Kinect) ''XBOX ON,xbox TV, so on you know the idea, then it goes to the headline now avaiable for the new low price of £349 ,showing the Kinectless version, well if you have no Kinect you can not talk to the XBOX ONE CAN YOU ?
Unless you can use a head set,but that would be silly.
Anyway where here for games , and i know i am a few hours late posting this. i was in fact impressed with some of the titles coming ,OK i know a few are Multiplat ,ie,on PS4 /xbox One and PC.
First up is ( and i know it's the one game that's on last gen as well) Dragon Age Inquisition, this Bioware Action role playing game looks set to give next gen some of the best looking graphics this year from what we saw on the stream we watched.
With a slightly new combat system involving more team play it should be quite cool , and from a personal point of view i think the Xbox one controller will suit it better. Also Xbox One gets some exclusive content to.
Ubisofts next iteration in the Assassins Creed series looks set to take the franchise one step further, being only on the XBOX one /PS4 and PC. Sorry Wii U owners looks like your not getting treated to the next AC game.
You can not deny this does look cool.
Looking as beautiful as ever it still retains the AC gameplay and character movement. what's changed is the scope and amount of characters on screen at any given time ,and i am talking large crowds here. All with individual AI. Also multi player will be a big part with you playing as part of a team to reach your goal . And it's all set in the time of the French Revolution in Paris. It does look nice.
Those Xbox 360 owners who where harking on about getting Bayonetta 2 ,when they know they can not because Nintendo has helped finance it themselves. Well Platinium games are hard at work on ''Scalebound'' and i did not know of this one, and when i saw it, i thought ''Bayonetta'' and what do you know it's by Platinium games. Well see if it sells ,something tells me Bayonetta 2 will do better on Wii U , well the lead characters prettier .
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is another current gen title only and which looks set to be all the better for it. Claiming to be the biggest RPG ever ,with over a hundred hours of gameplay ,making it bigger then Skyrim and a third bigger then previous titles in the series. It's definetly one to watch..
But the surpise was the announcement of the next in the Tomb Raider series.. Rise of the Tomb Raider, announced at the Microsoft E3 event. Though it will come to PS4 and PC as well. But it looks nice ,but your have to wait a while as it's coming Holiday 2015.
Well thats' our pick of E3 today on Xbox One. There where a couple of indie games but where cover all the indies together later in the week. Back tomorrow for the big Nintendo event ,oh we just can not wait.
Bruno B firing off.
|Posted by THE SNAKE on June 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
Think Power Rangers,then mix it up with some crazy rubber suited monsters,Extreme Kawai and you have JOSHIZU, a film about a group of girls who come to gether to fight for justice , Release date in Japan is June 7th and then we have to wait for DVD / Bluray releases.
Here's the trailer and the poster for the film which stars Mirei Kiritani (RED) ,Mina Fujii (BLUE), Mitsuki Takahata (Yellow),Kasumi Arimura (Green) and Mizuki Yamamoto (NAVY).