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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.

 


London Korean Film Festival - Public Enemy

Posted by THE SNAKE on November 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We attended our second screening today of the festival at the Korean Cultural Center in London.

Held in their Multi Purpose hall we arrived just in time for the screening of Public Enemy Retunrs ,only to be confronted by a screening of the first film Public Enemy (which is supposed to be shown on Tuesday witha Director Q&A) , Now being i was sure i had seen Public Enemy i was eager to see this third film in the series even though not yet seen the sequel ''Another Public Enemy''.

To tell the truth i could not recall the film,but this is a film from 2002, arriving back home i have scoured my films only to find the DVD of Public Enemy ,i may have bought it ,but i could not  tell you if i have watched it before today , if not it's been sitting on my shelf   for more then five or six years at least unwatched.

It's funny as usually i remember films within a few minutes if i have seen them before. For the life of me i did not know what was coming next in the story.

Stranger things have happened ,all i know i enjoyed the film ,but now i need to see the sequel and the third to satisfy my cravings for more from this maverick cop .



A good film ,which we own in our archives on DVD,but we didn't mnd watching again and it was a free screening. And there's nothing like watching with a group of fans .

London Korean Film Festival Kicks off

Posted by THE SNAKE on November 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The 8th London Korean Film festival kicked of officially on the 7th of November  with a screening of a surprise Blockbuster hit from South Korea. The film was Hide and Seek directed by Huh Jung and starring a realivity unknown cast consisting of Son Hyun-Joo,Moon Jung-hee and Jeon Mi-seon.

The film was made a tight budget of 2.5billion won, and broke many South Korean box office records.





Now we did not attend the offical opening ,as we where lucky enough to be invited to a special screening of the film the night before in the West Ends Haymarket .

We where privy to a Culture treaty being signed by the South Korean and UK secutary of states for Culture ,which was was witnessed by  film maker and back bencher David Puttnam.

We also had film critic Tony Rayns as our host for the evening and a surprise guest in the form of the President of South Korea who is in the UK on a state visit. So apart from meeting the Queen ,the Prime Minister and other royals President Park Guen -Hye also came to open the Festival . Which was great honor for the organisers.




President Park Geun -hye (left) with Maria Miller (UK Minister of Culture -right)


Of course security was tight and we went through some security checks before getting into the cinema.

The film was a pleasent surprise ,but where be doing a  review and feature on the Special screening on site shortly as well as our full feature on the festival which runs till the 22nd November , where actually at  few screenings and also the closing Gala in London .

For more on the festival please visit the official Festival Page , link below.

London Korean Film Festival 2013.

Beastie Boys screening at Korean Cultural Center

Posted by THE SNAKE on October 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Another classic film starring Ha Jung-Woo and Yoon Key-sang. It follows two male escorts working the Korean saloons in a discreet part of Southern Seoul which serves the affluent females of the rich.



Where veiwing the the film on the 24th October at the Korean Cultural Center in London as part of their Year of four actors.

This is the second screening they are having with films starring Ha Jung-Woo ,with another four to follow and the final film taking place at London's Bafta with Ha Jung-Woo in attendence.

The Screenings are free ,you just have to visit the Cultural center's website to reserve your place.

The screenings take place in the center's universal hall via a projector and don't go expecting cinema seating and extreme comfort ,but if you want to see some cutting edge Korean films this is the place you can do so without spending a fortune ,just your journey fare and some snacks ,but make sure there quite snacks.

Hope we see you at future screenings which where post up here as we here about them.

Korean Cultural Center London website

The Kick out in the UK to buy.

Posted by THE SNAKE on October 18, 2013 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Some films just take ages to appear in Europe and the UK , one such film is The Kick from Thailand, this co Thai ,Korean production by Prachya Pinkaew with choreography by Panna Rittikrai.

Starring Jae Hyeon -Jo,Ji Won Yi and Petchtai Wongkamlao and Jija Yanin.

check out our review of the Thai print on site now




Out NOW in the UK

Korean Film nights ,Choi Min-Sik and Ha Jung-Woo.

Posted by THE SNAKE on September 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been lucky enough to get to the Korean films nights in London run by KCCUK ( Korean Cultural Center UK) , we have recently seen ''I Saw the Devil ''  and Nameless Gangster which both star Choi Min-Sik . For the final film we had the pleasure of Choi Min-Sik attending the screening.


Choi Min -Sik  takes questions from the audience.


For more on this check the homepage .

The Next star to be focused on is Ha Jung-Woo ,who has starred in such films as The Chaser ,The Berlin File by Ryoo Seuung Wan,Unforgiven and She's on Duty.

Sertes.

I Saw the Devil review up on site now. Choi Min Sik in London

Posted by THE SNAKE on September 22, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Korean Cultural Center in the UK holds film nights ona regular basis. We recently attended one at there London headquarters in The Strand near Trafalger Square.

Our film was Kim Ji Woon's ''I Saw the Devil. a hard hitting serial killer film with Choi Min Sik and Lee Byung-Hun.

Cloudtoe has done the review and it's live on site now .



Choi Min Sik in ''I saw the Devil''


We will be attending their next screening on the 26th September which takes place at London's Bafta. Once again the star of the film is Choi Min Sik and the film , Nameless Gangster.

We are lucky to have registered for this screening as the man himsefl will be in attendance ,so check back for another review and hopefully some pictures of Choi Min Sik in London.

Sertes.

Shaw Brothers Legend Lau Kar Leung passes age 78

Posted by THE SNAKE on June 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Though we did post on our facebook page yesterday ,i thought i'd better put something on our blog about the passing of Shaw Brothers Legend Lau Kar Leung aka Liu Chia Liang and also known as The Pops.


The 78 year old Hung Gar master had been battling cancer for some twenty years. I always remember reading about when he stopped a robbery in Hong Kong, he apparently took out all assailents without thinking ,just reacting .


Lau was a true master of the arts and he will be sadly missed by all .

We will be doing a retrospective on site for Master Lau in the not so distant future, where where look at some of his films from Mad Monkey Kung Fu ,Dirty Ho and Drunken Monkey.



Master Lau in Drunken Master 2 - 1994

Master Lau Kar Leung - July 28th 1934 - June 25th 2013 . R.I.P.