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Sei Ashina Dead at 36

Posted by THE SNAKE on September 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

2020 definetly has been a tough and sad year for many. And the sad news continues to arrive. After our last post about he death of Benny Chan I did not think my very next post would be about another death .


Japanese Actress Sei Ashina star of various Film and TV productions has been found dead at her apartment in Tokyo .

Police are currently investigating . Her Family became worried when she failed to answer phone calls or messages .

Her body was found on September 14th 2020 , Sad News indeed and even more so when Police suspect apparent Suicide .


Sei Ashina was the third Japanese Celebrity death since May with the other two also contributed to Suicide.

Sei Ashina came to fame in the turn of the Millenium when she starred in Kamen Rider Hibiki in film and TV .


Other Notable roles where in 2007 film 'Silk' and  Kamui Gaiden 2009 .


Sad News indeed

Sertes Nake 



Director Benny Chan Dead at 58

Posted by THE SNAKE on August 30, 2020 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Sad News this month is the passing of  Director Benny Chan who was repsonsible for some of Hong Kong's greatest action cinema.

Benny Chan was diagnosed with  Nose Cancer ( nasopharyngeal cancer)  last year whilst  filmimg '' Raging Fire ' with Donnie Yen.

Benny Chan got his break under Johnnie To as his Assistant in the 90's at TVB.

Benny Chan had directed some of the greats in Action cinema from Jackie Chan in Who Am I , to Andy Lau in Shaolin.

Benny Chan Passed away on  August 23rd 2020 , he was Just 58 years old..

We will be doing a series of film reviews as a tribute to the director shortly.

I am sure all readers send their condolances to his family.

Thank you for  all the joy you brought to the big screen Mr Chan.

Sertes Nake August 2020

 

Fans of Gina Carano we are!

Posted by THE SNAKE on March 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

With a site covering so much it's sometimes hard to know who to cover and when. Articles take time to write and compile as does watching the various films and reviewing them.. It's the reason why we often review films from many years ago that are not classics but stand out in todays flooded market.

We don't have a endless supply of new releases incoming all the time, so sometimes going back and finding a small collection of films that have made us sit up and take notice often make for a good article. 

Well one such group of films has done just that, and they all star former MUAY Thai and MMA fighter Gina Carano.

And now is a good time to focus on Gina Carano as she is co-starring in the new Disney Web series  Star Wars The Mandarlorian .

So watch this space as we delve into compiling a special on Gina Carano - coming shortly to kickemintheghoulies


Mini Review - BLAST- 1997- Linden Ashby

Posted by THE SNAKE on March 6, 2020 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes it's another Mini review for you all. Here we look at a film from 1997 which harks back to a time of the heyday of B-movie action films.

 

MINI REVIEW - BLAST - 1997

Starring Linden Ashby / Andrew Divoff / Rutger Hauer 

BLAST  is a budget action film starring Actor / Martial Artist Linden Ashby , for those unfamiliar with him , FYI he played Johnny Cage in the live action Mortal Kombat film alongside Robin Shou and Chistoper Lambert

Blast plays like your usual one guy against a army of bad guys , inspired by the lkes of Die Hard no doubt.

Linden plays Jack Bryant a ex competiing martial artist who got badly injured and had to give up on his career , he fell on hard times and now works as a Janitor .

But Jack just happens to be  a Janitor at the forthcoming Atlanta games . And just happens to be on duty at the Swimming halls while the USA team are going for their practice , And lo- and behold his ex wife just happens to be the coach of the team.

At this very time a group of terroists infiltrate the Swimming halls, plant bombs and hold the team hostage. 

They are led by a crazed terroist played by Andrew Divoff. 



Only one man can stop them and it's Jack , Atlanta is in  lockdown as the terroists have planted bombs across the city , Plus their goal is one of deception as their main objective is march larger. 

But have no fear Jack has help at the end of a phone , a adversary of of the terrorist  who was presumed dead  , it's Leo who has no legs and long colouful drealocks  and goes around in motorised wheelchair. . All is not lost.

And yes Leo is played by the late Rutger Hauer.

Blast is a film that's OK to watch while you eat your dinner , it's no showcase for martial arts and compared to other films in the genre around the same time looks baron . They really needed some more extra's to fill out the scenes. 

Linden Ashby rarely gets to show his ability in martial arts , even though he is versed in Taekwondo,Karate and Kung Fu. There's a few nice little moves as he runs around avoiding terrorists and taking them out one by one. There's no real fight scene that offers any substance and the final is a letdown 

If you took Jean Claude Van Damme's Sudden Death , took out all the crowds , and left just a few people in a empty building , for go any of the bigger combat scenes  and add  Rutger Hauer's quite comic style character to the proceedings then your have this film. 

Here at Kick'em in the Ghoulies we watched this on our Amazon Prime subscription , whatever you do don't spend money on this because it really is just fodder for lunch.

Review by Sertes Nake

Mini Review- WISHED /2017 film by Dayan Eng

Posted by THE SNAKE on March 1, 2020 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

MINI REVIEW


Yes mini reviews are here , Not all films we view really warrent a full on site feature, some dont really fit into the sites criteria.

The only time we will feature a comedy or romcom film in a site feature is if we are attending a film event and are covering many films.

So now we have these small snippet of film reviews where we get to grips with some casual viewing .

Our first film is a 2017 Comedy from China by Dayan Eng who directed and produced., it's a bit of a indie film and when released in the summer of 2017 it placed third at the Chinese box office and it had stiff competion.




MINI REVIEW - WISHED-2017

Wished stars Xia Yu , Yan Ni and Victoria Song. It also has cameos by Daniel Wu and David Wu ( two stars well known for there action roles in Hong Kong action films).

Xia Yu plays a Insurance slaeman who just can't catch a break, he has a job he's not fond of and has low expectaions and ditches his girlfriend to save her a life of misery.

But when all hope is lost he meets a young woman who claims to be a goddess and will grant him 19 wishes from his past life. Unfortunatly he is unable to choose these wishes and they are based on wishes he has made over his life .

Of course he just thinks this woman is a crank but when strange things start happening he starts to wonder , Also this goddess of wishes shows up in his aprtment who he shares with his friend.

Without spoiling the crazy fun in this film , think of something you wished for as a child and then it comes true right now. It so funny in places .

Of course as the film goes on hs wishes come from his later life so there a bit more sensible ,or at least you might think. 

There are some great nods to old school Hong Kong movies and Hollywood ones to. 

For a Indie title it featured a fun story and good special effects for the $5 million dollar budget.

Wished went on to appear in the USA and won awards to. 

Wished is available to view on Amazon Prime video Now , or can be got on Region 3 DVD or Bluray as well. 

For a relaxing film to have a laugh at Wished was good watch that exceeded my expectations as i expected i might end up turnng it off, but it grabbed me and i stuck with it.

Though the subtitles loose something in translation Wished is a fun watch.

Sertes Nake 

March 2020

Hyper Japan Festival 2016

Posted by THE SNAKE on June 28, 2016 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The weekend of July 15th -17th sees the Hyper Japan Festival return to Olympia in London's Kensington. Three days of live acts, Music,culture and games for all the family .

Show opens on the Friday at 12pm , visit the site for more info and tickets..




Visit the Hyper Japan site Here!

Ninjitsu comes to Hyper Japan Christmas in Dance

Posted by THE SNAKE on November 6, 2015 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This years Hyper Japan Christmas Market at Tobacco Dock is to host ''Try1 ' , This Ninjitsu Dance stage act is set to get your hearts pumping as they bring their unique mix of dance and Ninjitsu to London .

Appearing on the 27th and 28th of November , if you like your martial arts ,your be gutted to miss these guys .


For more on Hyper Japan click the LINK BELOW


Hyper Japan

Wrestling Legend Roddy ''Rowdy'' Piper passes away age 61

Posted by THE SNAKE on August 5, 2015 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)




Another sad piece of news in last weekend was the passing of  wrestling legend Roddy Piper , Roddy Piper known as Roddy Rowdy Piper and Hot Rod to his fans started his wreslting career in 1969.

Having trained in Boxing and wrestling as well as recieving a Black Blet in Judo from Gene Lebell who also has trained the likes of Chuck Norris ,Bob Wall and more lately Ronda Rousey.

For many who may only watch the occasional wrestling Roddy became known to a bigger fanbase when he appeared in a string of films starting in 1977, but his films roles kicked of big in 1988 with lead roles in ''Hell Comes to Frogtown'' and John Carpenters ,They live. He continued to make films up his death .

A star of all the wrestling federations from WWE,WWF and Wrestlemania Roddy Piper has a huge fanbase worldwide.

In 2006 Roddy Piper was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent treatment well into 2007.

On July 31st 2015 Roddy Piper was found dead in his sleep ,he had died from a heart attack just hours before he was to appear at  dedication service for another passed wrestler .

R.I.P. Roddy



J POP idol Rio Hiiragi sends the fans wild at Hyper Japan

Posted by THE SNAKE on July 11, 2015 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

J POP idols are big news in Japan but also worldwide, At this years Hyper Japan Festival Rio Hiiragi had the fans in a frenzy as they danced ,jumped and liturally ran round in circles on cue.

.I have seen fans go crazy ,but this was controlled crazy with timing ,they just new each of her songs to a 'T'  and in tandem with the little pop idol ,gave onlookers a show..




Kung Fu villian Chang Seng hits London in August 2015.

Posted by THE SNAKE on June 29, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

London Kung Fu fans can rejoice as Chang Seng  is coming to London in August. Villianous star of Shaolin vs Lama,Heroic Fight,Kickboxer,Five Shaolin Fighters and more..

For more info on tickets and where , contact https://www.facebook.com/ricky.baker.50364" target="_blank">Ricky Baker via his facebook page.