Tag Archives: Martial Arts

LEGO Ninjago and Where to Find The Latest

4 Jan

The_Island_poster_FIXEDEntire Series Available on Netflix

Anyone wondering where to find the latest LEGO Ninjago episodes will have to check Netflix instead of local network times. “The Island” and “Seabound” were once upon a time considered the same season, but changes have been made. According to the fan updated Wiki, the former is considered a miniseries and latter an official season. Niek van Slagmaat revealed on Twitter, “After the specialised launches like Prime Empire and Seabound, the markets asked for a wave with the classic Ninjago identity. We would not get any story continuing content in order to make sure we could get started on 2HY 2022 as early as possible. Thus, Core was born.”

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Donnie Yen is Raging Fire

21 Dec

Raging Fire” Explodes Onto Blu-ray™, DVD, & Digital November 23“Raging Fire”  Explodes Onto Blu-ray™, DVD, & Digital November 23 - Irish Film CriticBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available to purchase on Amazon USA

The difference between the cop-type characters Donnie Yen has played over the years lays with how gentle he is or just how much Raging Fire he has. This film made a proper debut in the summer of 2021 and it didn’t take long for it to make it over to North America. The home video release has a bonus which looks at the making of this exciting film!

Although we’re getting a direct to home video release, I’d go see this film on the big screen. Before the pandemic, the last film I saw of Yen’s was Enter the Fat Dragon, and it was worth every effort to visit the only cinema (in Vancouver) that screened it. This film takes advantage of that big screen presentation in the climax when we see him deal with his protege Ngo (Nicholas Tse), who turned bad, in true Batman-like fashion. Can he brutally hurt his nemesis or let him live to face justice?

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Raging Fire to Blaze into Home Video Nov 23rd!

15 Nov

Well GO Entertainment
Available to stream or preorder on Amazon USA

Release Date:
Nov 23, 2021

Donnie Yen is certainly not resting on his laurels after appearing in stand-out American produced films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) and Mulan (2020). He’s been busy back home in Hong Kong, China too with Ip Man 4 and Enter the Fat Dragon. His versitility is a wonder to watch. He’s kicking his way into further action with 怒火·重案 (Nou Fo) coming to home video at the end of November! It’s sure to be a Raging Fire, the American title, indeed!

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When Ninjas Don’t Make Up Hydra in this Movie Review

3 Aug

Japanese Action Film 'Hydra' Coming to Hi-Yah! Streaming Service July 2,  Disc and Digital July 20 From Well Go – Media Play News

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Well GO USA
Release Date: July 20, 2021
Available on
Hi-YAH! Streaming Service and DVD

Takashi is silent and deadly, everything a ninja must be. When compared to G.I. Joe Origins: Snake Eyes, I wish Masanori Mimoto (better known for Yakuza Apocalypse) got to play this character instead of Golding. Here, this individual is subtle in his approach to safeguard the patrons to his bar. Part of the movie uses silence, the perfect way to introduce a former ninja. These days, he’s a chef.

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G.I. Joe: Origins From the Perspective of a Long Time Fan

28 Jul

Snake Eyes G.I. Joe Origins Movie Poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Spoiler Alert

Trying to rejuvenate interest in a more than a half century old toy line can be tough. Not even Snake-Eyes–the most popular character–can save the franchise. He’s not even a G.I. Joe in the self-titled Origins film. It may be the first in a series which redefines key characters, and giving them a history to make them edgier than the typical cartoon portrayal. 

Just where Snake-Eyes (Henry Golding) learned martial arts is still a mystery. This  movie shows him as a diamond in the rough and this actor certainly knows how to play that up. There’s a lot of emotional baggage he has to shed before he can be that Ultimate Ninja. He first has to learn the way of bushido, and perhaps his heritage too. The latter is quickly revealed, but I hoped for more. I find the story really odd since it barely scratches the surface in what this individual knows as honour.

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