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MCM Comic Con Guests - Avatar Dante Basco

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 2, 2022 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

    Hi All, 

Just a update on one of the guests of this MAY's MCM Comic Con, leading the star line up is actor / Voice Actor Dante Basco who played ZUKO in the Anime Series AVATAR The Last Airbender.

And as Iam currently watching the series where be doing a full feature on the series with a review as well as showcasing Dante himself. 

For fans of Martial arts cinema Dante also played opposite Jeff Speakman in the film Perfect Weapon and Gary Daniels in the Fist of the North Star live action film.

Hopefully where get in on the press Interview with Dante to get a more indepth view of his career and his choice to play Zuko.

Live events for 2022, MCM Comic Con,Hyper Japan Festival, and more.

Posted by THE SNAKE on May 1, 2022 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

       Yes those events are starting up again, and even with the  Worlds Unrest currently its good that live events are back so people can get out and enjoy life a bit more after the two plus years of the Pandemic restrictions. 

Though there where quite a few towards the end of 2021, 2022 is starting fresh with live events all over the country from films shows, Comic Con's and culture shows. 

So Hopefully where be covering some of these events on site in features and our first attendance of the year is MCM Comic Con London which we will be attending for a couple of days, maybe even three at the end of May.

After that we have Hyper Japan Festival at Evolution London in July on the weekend of the 22nd and we hope to be covering that one in some form, .

Both shows have been added to our events calender under Upcoming Events on the home page, and you can find out the dates and times and official site links on the page. 

We will be updating on the guests to appear with the MCM Comic Con getting priority first. Next update on the MCM show will be on the 2nd -05-2022.

The Passing of two legends

Posted by THE SNAKE on February 27, 2022 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 Hi All

It seems I fill this news stream with sad news more then good of late. The Martial art and Film world have lost another two legends .

Sadly on January 30th the Martial art world lost one Robert Wall (Bob), star of Enter the Dragon, Bob Wall was taught Martial arts under the late Gordon Dovasola, a Hawaiian Okinawan Karate exponenet as well as the late  Joe Lewis and his friend Chck Norris, attaining a 9th Degree Black Belt under Chuck. Bob Wall also set up the World Black Belt Inc soceity. 

From teaching the arts to starring in films Bob Wall was a champion for the Martial arts world, of course his standout film was Enter the Dragon  where he played the legendary Ohara charcter opposite Bruce Lee. 

A sad loss to the Martial arts world, he will be sadly missed , he was 82 years of age.

Then on 21st February the sad news of the passing of Hong Kong film director Chor Yuen, who had started his film career in the 1950's , he directed some 120 films and wrote and starred in many others. From greats like ''Bloodshed in the Valley of Love -1957 to Killer Clans-1976 and 1982's Heroes Shed No Tears. 

Many will know him from his role in Jackie Chan's Police Story where he played the antagonist Chu Tao aka Tom Koo. In fact he starred in four films with Jackie in total. 

A prolific director and screen writer, Chor Yuen passed away at age 87.

Hong Kong Legend Dean Shek Passess

Posted by THE SNAKE on November 2, 2021 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

News in that Hong Kong Cinema Legend Dean Shek passed away on October 31st 2021 is sad news for all Hong Kong film fans.

Dean Shek Born in Bejing China in 1950 was brought up in Hong Kong since the age of three. He did his studies in Hong Kong and later went on to enter the Shaw Brothers training programme in 1968.

Through out his career he had taken part in over a Hundred films either as a actor, assisstant Director, Director or Producer. His most famous role to most Western audiences would have been opposite Jackie Chan in Snake in Eagles Shadow and Drunken Master. 

But for fans of Hong Kong cienam he was a regular face you could not miss, he had roles in films like Warriors Two,Queens Ransom, Iron Fisted Monk, Broken Oath and Dragon From Russia which he also produced.

Dean Shek passed away after being diagnosed with Cancer just two months earlier, he was 71.

R.I.P. Mr.Shek, thanks for the laughs you brought to Hong Kong Cinema .

Project X still in motion with Jackie Chan and John Cena

Posted by THE SNAKE on September 4, 2021 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Latest news is that the long awaited film with Jackie Chan and John Cena is still in production. Going as far back as 2018 when it was announced , it seems the Pandemic has stopped this one going ahead, But from news at the beginning of August about Jackie and his cast and crew members being in a real World disaster when torrential flooding and landslides not only stopped production but also saw them all in grave danger .

Luckily they where all rescued and where able to relocate.

The film is the mysterious Project X , previously Known as SNAFU.

The story is a terrorist attack in IRAQ at a Oil field secures the attention of Chinese Security officers, but upon inspection the lead officer (Chan) finds out it's all a big cover up so they can steal Millions of Dollars in Oil.

Chan teams up with a US Marine ( John Cena ) to stop the heist . Below is a Poster which just looks preliminary , no stars faces , just a trauck and fire.

Expected release now is December 2022. It's still filming now , so I supose by the time editing and special effects are laid in it still has a way to go. I can't see the West getting this till early 2023. 

Another film Jackie has starred in is Indian Drama film Nair San about a famous Indian freedom Fighter , the film stars Mohanlal as the lead character Nair San and Jackie Chan as his co-star. The film is expected to release in December 2021. But this is a film aimed at the Indian market .

Jackie also is starring with many other Chinese and Hong Kong Film stars in a film about the Covid 19 Virus, It's a film about a group of people who are confined to a hotel at the heart of the outbreak and how through their isolation they bond and friendships and romances are made. It's a charity film by the filmmakers to help the Industry and it's workers who have been affected by the pandemic. 

Jackie also has a voice over part on the go to for a new animation called Once Upon a Zodiac.

And also announced is a new Chinese /USA  film starring Jackie as a politian who aims to clean up his town after his father is killed , Five Against the Bullet is directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff ( Day After Tomorrow - Replicas - Hosatges ) , think this will be a little way off,but sound interesting.

Other then that the only other film Jackie Chan has in the works as far as any body knows is a drama film he has Wrtten,Produced and is Directing by the name of The Diary,which stars Kevin Cline and Andy Lau, Jackie won't be starring in this one .. I reckon like Sammo Jackie may take a behind the camera seat now, he can get to direct and write films for others that his own audience don't want him to star in.

But who nows Jackie Chan has always said he loves making movies , he may just suprise us still with more announcments.

Pioneering Martial Artist Shinichi 'Sonny ' Chiba Dies

Posted by THE SNAKE on August 19, 2021 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi all ,
I am back again and news just in a few hours ago is that Pioneering Martial Arts Legend Shinichi ' Sonny ' Chiba has passed away  . Sonny Chiba is a Japanese Icon who made Martial arts a world wide phenonemum before the Bruce Lee's films made it to the West.

Born in Japan in 1939 Chiba was athletic at School and this led to his interest in Sports and Martial arts.

Sonny Chiba studdied Martial arts under Kyokushin Master Masutatsu Oyama and attained a 4th Degree Balck belt in the art. Chiba also held Black Belts in Shorinji Kempo Karate , Ninjitsu , Judo and Gujo Ryu Karate as well as kendo. 

Sonny Chiba started his film career in 1960 and had been in around two hundred films. He was most prolific in the 70's in Japan with the Street Fighter movies and many others including Golgo 13 , Bullet Train , Karate For Life Trilogy where he played his Karate teacher Master Oyama.

In the 80's he got more attention overseas starring in Hong Kong productions , USA productions as the years went on. 

For Western viewers of non martial art films he is most famous for his role in Kill Bill vol 1 as the swordmaster Hanzo Hattori. 

I have been a stalwart fan of Chiba's for years , he started up the Japan Action Club ( Now JAE) this was a place where filmakers could get help with making fight scenes and martial arts action in Japanese films look more exciting and real.  Chiba was behind many great artists like Hiroyuki Sanada aka Henry Sanada ( Ninja in the Dragons Den )  and Sue Shihomi of Sister Street Fighter fame. 

Chiba worked up until his death, His cause of death is through contracting COVID 19 at the beginning of August and was treated at home , by the the 8th of August he had worsened and was taken into Hospital , sadly on the 19th of August 2021  Sonny Chiba fell victim to the virus and passed away , he was 82 years old. 

A sad loss to the Martial arts world and our thoughts go out to his family. .
Domo Arigato Sonny Chiba 

James Demile - A Kung-Fu Legend passes

Posted by THE SNAKE on August 19, 2021 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

Sad News again unfortunately one of the Worlds best revered Martial Artists has Passed away . James W Demile who was one of Bruce Lee's first students has lost his fight through illness earlier this week , he was 86 years old.

James Demile met Bruce Lee in 1959 when they both studdied at the same School in Seatle . Bruce was just thinking about starting up teaching his art and was doing demos. James Demile asked Bruce to teach him after they had a friendly spar and Demile was beaten even though Demile was a much larger guy and a former Air Force Heavyweight Boxer. 

James Demile was the guy who introduced Taky Kimura to Bruce Lee , who later became one of Bruce's certified Jeet Kun-do Instructors of which there are only three. 

I actually had the pleasure of meeting James Demile in the late very late 80's at a event in the UK run by Eastern Heroes founder Ricky Baker. 

He was there promoting his book and me and a friend got into conversation with him and he was so friendly and chatted away about Bruce Lee and how they met and how training with Bruce went. ..

Later on in the day we where privaldge to James Demile performing Bruce Lee's One inch Punch on a volunteer from the audience of the cinema we where in . I remember James getting the guy to hold a telephone book to his chest , the crowd was silent and James prepared , he got in position and he was like on top of the guy , sitting you could not see the space between James Demile's fist and the Telephone Book the guy was holding to his chest.  

Then Wham in a microsecond this guys goes flying and james had hardly moved. Impressive to say the least. 

Probably one of the most amazing things I have seen involving the arts and by a great guy. 

RIP James Demile  and thank you for what you have given the Martial art world. 

Sad News - Bradley Allan Passess

Posted by THE SNAKE on August 7, 2021 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi All , 

Sad news confirmed this morning is that Martial artist / Stunt Man / Fight Cordinator and action Director Bradley James Allan has passed away at the young age of 48.

For those in the know he will be remembered for his fast paced fight action and his work on numerous Jackie Chan films..

He was the first non Asain member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team who eventually became it's lead member.

The Late Bradley Allan

Brad also worked in Hollywood as well as being a JCST member and worked in stunts and choreography on many films from Avatar , Hell Boy , Chronicles of Riddick and more. 

Brad had trained in Martial arts from a young age and had aqquired skills in Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Karate and Wushu of which he trained with and under students from Jet Li's old school of Wushu in Beijing.  He was fluent in Mandarin as well. 

Born in Australia in 1973 , this is where he got his first real break after returning from China. Jackie was filming Mr Nice Guy in Melbourne and Brad new some of the film crew and after some calls got a audition to show his stuff .

From this he got signed for work on Jackie's Who Am I film. 

He also got to fight Jackie in a couple of big standout fight scenes in the film Gorgeous where he played the Antagonist for hire to Jackie's Protagonist.. 

His latest work set to release shortly is Marvel's Shang Chi where he worked as Fight Cordinator and 2nd Unit Director. 

A sad loss to the Martial arts world and even sadder that he was so young. 


Sertes Nake 

Update : 10-08-2021 - When reported we did not know at all about how Bradley Allan died,  though not confirmed it has been said now that he fell ill and this illness brought on a Heart Attack . Though we don't know this for 100% certain , the source was a Good friend of his.

Karate Kicks into the Olympics in Tokyo

Posted by THE SNAKE on August 6, 2021 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi all,
Karate has kicked it self in to the Olympics and even in this very unusual Olympics in Tokyo it seems to have got of to a fine start .

Day one of the Karate saw the Female Kata's being performed . And in the end it came down to two exponenets . Japan's Kiyou Shimizu and Spain's Sandra Sanchez Jaime. 

Performing the Chatanyara Kata from Shito-Ryu Karate both participants gave their all . But in the end it was the reigning World Champion Sandra Sanchez Jaime of Spain who grabbed the Gold. 

Both performed with intensity and gave impeccable demonstrations of the Kata in question.

Of course us viewers in the UK who rely on the BBc for coverage where given the bare minimum of footage , yes it would have been nice to see the other kata's and sparring but it seems once again the BBC let viewers down with poor coverage of this new entry into the Olympics , but managed to give lengthy coverage of the other new sport of Rock climbing /Boudering..

We will bring more as we view what we can . 
Sertes Nake 

   Sandra Sanchez Jaime of Spain takjes Gold in the Karate Kata's at Tokyo 2020

The Wolf secures Gold for Japan at Tokyo 2020

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 31, 2021 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Judo and the Men's -100kg category was a mamoth match , a match of Titans . In the White Wolf Aaron fighting for Japan  and in the Blue South Korea's Cho Guham . 

Both men had come to claim Gold  , For Japan it was a hope for another Gold in a sport they invented which would take their tally up and give them another medal in Judo .

For the South Korean it was a chance to prove their superioty in Martial arts after they had failed to grab a gold in the Taekwondo .

This was a a tense match where Wolf took his time to figure out his opponent , But Wolf was taking the risks  with some good technique , While Cho attacked it was a battle of wits  but Cho did make a couple of mistakes and penalties where awarded. But at the end of normal time of four minutes there was no winner .

In to Golden score the two fighters new they had to attack and get it right. As one mistake and all could be lost . Or at least that's how it would be. 

As time ticked by and we where three or so minutes in to Golden score the two fighters where tiring , they had been going for over seven minutes , Cho had made a couple of mistakes in poor execution of technique where he just dropped to the floor , but amazingly the referee let it go and go again to the disbelief of the commentators . Four times were they thought the match had to be  over via penalties the referee let them continue and to his credit the ref made the right choice in giving the South Korean the chance to carry on . 

It would have been demoralising to lose on penalties in a Gold Medal match .

The two carried on and in the end the Wolf came through with a Ippon to secure Japan another Gold , the two fighters had been at it for 9 Minutes and 35 seconds .

Yes these where two titans fighting for honor and in the end the Wolf won . 

A amazing match and a great end to the Men's -100kg Judo at Tokyo.

The Wolf of Japan takes the Gold from Cho Guham of South Korea at Tokyo 2020