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Thai Stunt Legend and Tony Jaa's Mentor Panna Rittikrai passes

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments 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

Dragon Blade news and posters

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments 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

Five Girls fight for Justice in JOSHIZU

Posted by THE SNAKE on June 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments 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).





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School Girls at the Ready in High Kick Angels

Posted by THE SNAKE on June 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes after the brillaint High Kick Girl and Karate Girl starring the lovely Rina Takeda, Another offering from Japan brings us young Japanese School girls kicking butt in the brilliantly titled ''Hgh Kick Angels''

It's still to do a cinema run in Japan ,so don't be expecting to see it to soon on your DVD shelf  and even longer before a English subtitle print rears it's head, but for the time being here's the poster and the trailer . ohh this is so cool looking.



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Where be bringing you more news of other Japanese titles shortly.

Director,screenwriter Park Hoon-Jung in London

Posted by THE SNAKE on April 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

For the past two months the London Korean Cultural Centre in the Strand have been holding one of their regular Film night features ,which feature either a director,actor or screenwriter or any other filmmaker.

In a three year project which started way back in 2012 (something we did not know about at the time) they featured in 2012 the works of twelve directors ,showing their films in series and inviting said directors to visit for one of the screenings of their films.

In 2013 it was the turn of the actors, This time four actors/actresses where chosen with each having four or six films on show with the final film with said actor/actress in attendence.

Unfortunately  we where unable to make many of the screenings. and as the screenings are free with limited spaces they often get booked quite fast.

We where lucky to get to a couple featuring Choi Min-Sik and actually got to meet the man in question to ,which was great.



Choi Min -Sik in London in 2013


We attended a few screenings for rising star Ha Jung-Woo ,but where not quick enough to meet him as the spaces where taken quicker then a speeding train.

This year is the year of the film makers, whether they be Screenwriters,Directors,Producers or choreographers.  We aim to not miss as many as we did in the past , though even though the screenngs are free you still have to get to London in time to view them.

Anyway this year has started with Screenwriter turned director Park Hoon-Jung ,who wrote the screenplays for  ''I Saw the Devil'' , The Unjust, The Showdown and New World. The latter two which he also directed.

We had already seen ''I Saw the Devil'' at the Choi Min-Sik event last year ,so we attended the screenings of the latter three films.


Park Hoon-Jung (center)


For New World Park Hoon-Jung was in attendence in London for a Q&A after the film .

With only just publishing our review of The Showdown ,our New World review will be in a couple of Days with pictures from the event .

We look forward to seeing the next in the series providing it meets with the sites criteria, but as where quite open to what we view chances are if we can make it where be there to cover the event.


Poster for New World with Choi Min-Sik, Hwang Jung-Min  and Lee Jung-Jae

Celebrate the Legendary Shaw Brothers with K.I.T.G.

Posted by THE SNAKE on March 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Fans of Kung Fu cinema will have a soft spot for the films from the Shaw Brothers studios, in the 60's and 70's they produced some of the greatest wuxia and Kung Fu films to grace the screen.

In a look back at the studio and it's films the K.I.T.G team have compiled a small bio on the studio and it's founders and will in three month series look back at a number of the studios films .

With Review and Photo galleries on site and on our  Facebook page.

The bio is all finished with some reviews from the past already on site along with a couple of recent ones in our ''Spring of Shaw Season which runs till end of May 2014.

By then we hope to have covered some favorites of  everyone.

Look out for reviews of ,The Flying Guillotine, Boxer from Shantung,Teahouse,Killer Clans and more over the coming weeks on a weekly basis.

For that kung fu fix the Shaw films always deliver ,where also be telling you where to find the fims in question at the best possible prices to.

Enjoy.


            



Shaw Brothers classics go cheap on Amazon UK

Posted by THE SNAKE on February 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

If  your into your classic Shaw Brothers films and want to add to your collection then you should head over to Amazon UK right now as there are some great bargains on some of their classics on the DRAGON DYNASTY label..

OK some of the artwork may not be correct ,but as importing the original Celestial pictures films can set you back a good £13 or more a film , with the bargains on offer you could buy four or five films for the price of one Celestial region 3  release..

Tiltes on offer include ' Return to 36th Chamber'' Avenging Eagle '' Flying Guliotine 1 &2 '' Mad Monkey Kung Fu '' Executioners from Shaolin'' One armed Swordsman and many more..

All films on offer are Region 1 USA

Prices are from about £1.80 to £6.00 plus delivery charge from the USA.. WHICH I THINK IS ABOUT £1.26 a film. So a bargain can be had .

There's a link below ,but don't wait to long or their be gone, gone ,gone..





Classic Fight action from Shaw Brothers




Here's a link to one of the pages with some of the offers on..

Amazon

Jean Claude keeps his Enemies Close

Posted by THE SNAKE on February 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Latest action film from the Muscle from Brussels is ''Enemies Closer '' where Jean Claude Van Damme  stars alongside Tom Everett Scott ,the two are caught in a drug war between the cartels when Henry ( Scott) is forced to retrieve a lost package for the cartel.

The film was released in the States on January 24th , and will probably  be a straight to DVD in the UK.

Of note the film is directed by Peter Hyams ( Capricorn One ' The Star Chamber) and this is the third film he has directed with Jean Claude Vna Damme starring, the other two being ''TIME COP'' (1994) and ''Sudden Death'' ( 1995) ,both of which where two of JCVD bigger budget films that also got cinema release in the UK.


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Lady Assassin strikes at Terracotta film Club

Posted by THE SNAKE on November 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The guys behind the yearly Terracotta Far East Film Festival are showing the Latest film from Vietnam to break out in the West, on Wednesday 27th November there will be a screening of the film at the Prince Charles Cinema in London's West End.

Film Starts at 9.00pm ,doors open at 8.45pm

Terracotta hold a monthly film showing on the last Wednesday of each month and i must admit thisis the first one where attending due to having already seen all the previous showings.

There have not been that many films from Vietnam that have broken into the Western market , i can only think of two ,one being the Rebel and the other ''Bay Rong '' aka The Clash.

Hopefully where see you there.



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London Korean Film Festival closing gala in Londons West End

Posted by THE SNAKE on November 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

We have had a busy week attending the London Korean Film Festival , for the past three days we have seen three very different and entertaining films in the heart of London's West End.


Interpreter  Sah (left) Actor Sol Kyung -Gu( centre) Tony Ryans ( right)


Wednesday  we where at the Screenng of HOPE aka So Won ,the latest film from director Lee Joon-ik . The films stars Sol Kyung -Gu ( Public Enemy ) as the father of Hope a young girl who goes through a life changing ordeal that will test the will of her self and her parents. We where also lucky to have actor Sol Kyung-Gu on stage after the film for a Q+A.


Thursday we where back and this time with a introduction by  Oh Dong-Jin (Korean Film critic) and Director Kang Woo Suk and actor Yoon Je -Moon for the screening of Fists of Legend ,the first film from Korea which focuses on the Mixed Martial arts scene ,but  the story is quite complex and far from being just another action fodder piece it follows the lives of a group of high school students who in their day where great at fighting whether it be proffessional or just from being a tough guy on the streets. When a producer decides to create a reality TV show where these former students will go head to head in battle to be the best ,even though they are all in the forties and have had a tough life.


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Action mixed with a profound story ,Fists of Legend is not just a fight flick


Friday saw us at the closing gala for Boomerang Family a feel good film about a disfunctional family who even though spanning generations have failed to grow up and still act like children around each other.  For most part it's a light hearted film which often had many elements everyday people from all walks of life can relate to.




Again it was great night with the Director Song Hae Sung and actor and actress Yoon Je-Moon and YounYuh-Jung inattendence with film crirtc Tony Rayns hosting .

The producer was also in the audience along with the ambassador for South Korea and the directors of the London Korean Cultural Centre also present.

A  Q+A tool place after the film revealing some secrets to filming the film,which was very entertaining.

A full festival feature along with reviews for all the films we viewed will be up on site in a few days.

Meanwhile the festival goes on tour till the 22nd of November ,with films showing in Oxford,Leeds,St Andrews and Bradford. So if your in those areas you can still catch some Korean entertainmnt on the big screen.

 



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