Archive for June, 2016

Killzone 2 aka SPL : A Time For Consequences Blu-Ray Giveaway!

Posted in Jacky Wu Jing, Tony Jaa, Uncategorized on June 29, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

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Huzzah! Time for another giveaway, and this one’s a doozy. I have 2 blu-ray copies of Killzone 2 starring Wu Jing,  Zhang Jin and Tony Jaa to give away thanks to the always good people at Wellgousa! So what do you have do to be the lucky few to get this? I’m in a charitable mood, so I’ll make this really, really easy. Since we are into the social media age, all you have to do is like the Kiai-Kick Facebook page AND follow me on Instagram to get into the drawing, and just to make this even easier, if you have already done so previously OR you are on one and not the other get on that and shoot me an email with your handle/name at kiaikicks@gmail.com. On July 15th I will gather all the names and choose the winners out of a hat. Winners to be announced the next day!  I will pick three names at random. But wait, I just said three, didn’t I?

The third person chosen, while they won’t win the Blu Ray for Killzone 2, they will win a nice blu ray of a previous release from Wellgousa. I’ll even let that person choose the film from a selection of titles!

Wu Jing. Tony Jaa. Free Blu-Ray. What’s not to like?

You can like the Facebook Page on the sidebar, and you can go to Instagram here.

(www.instagram.com/kenjisparks)

This contest is for North American-based folks only.

#wellgousa #killzone2

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The History Of The Barclay Hotel: A Collection Of True Short Stories Both Epic And Tragic

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 22, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

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Usually something in regards to martial arts is posted on this website, but let’s take a left turn and drive down another street for a moment. A new term I’ve come to know is Urban Archaeology: the study of older buildings in large cities. How best to tell the story about a building? By telling the stories of those who lived in it. The History of The Barclay Hotel: A Collection of True Short Stories Both Epic and Tragic is a new book by J.M. Moore (in full transparency, she’s my cousin) that studies the famous 120-year old Los Angeles hotel, home to suicides, murders, questionable deaths, and so many more awesome stories of the tenants and visitors that made the Barclay Hotel famous…and infamous.

The book itself is starting to make waves, and there are rumors of a possible (?) TV series or film (what isn’t turned into a film nowadays?) but the book itself is getting excellent reviews. You can read LA Weekly’s review here. J.M. Moore also did a radio interview on NPR on 6/08/16, which you can listen to here.

The book is available in paperback, which you can purchase here, and on Amazon Kindle as well as Barnes & Noble Nook Book.

 

Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Now I’m going back to martial arts. But I may detour down another street soon, where some older Japanese gangster films exist…

 

Michael S. Moore

kiaikicks@gmail.com

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Arrow Video has you covered! Pray For Death! Sho Kosugi! Blu-Ray!

Posted in Kane Kosugi, Sho Kosugi on June 6, 2016 by Michael S. Moore

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It’s insane to think that there was any chance that Sho Kosugi’s Cannon films would come to Blu-Ray, but thanks to Arrow Video it’s a reality! The first film up is Pray for Death, and you can read my review of that film here. The Blu-Ray transfer is as good as you could hope, and there is both an R-rated and Unrated version. I won’t give much away about the unrated version, but I’ll say that the death of Saito’s wife is far more brutal here than in the original, and we get to see Kane making the Ninja Bicycle! If you haven’t seen this film, and don’t know what I’m talking about, get thee out and see it, preferably in this format! Sho has never looked so good on film, and the extras contain an interview with the man himself, and his stories about how he came to be with Cannon Films make this an instant get. Here are some of the other extras: (I wasn’t given a version with all of the extras at this time)

Bonus Materials

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a transfer of original elements by MGM
  • R-rated and Unrated Versions
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new interview with star Sho Kosugi
  • Archive interview and Ninjutsu demonstration with Kosugi from the film’s New York premiere
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin

That reversible sleeve rocks! This is out now, so go get it, and see one of the gems of Cannon Films, and one of the films that started the ninja craze of the 80’s! Now we just need American Ninja in Blu…

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