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Kamidogu: Kombat Lives Here

Kamidogu: Kombat Lives Here

By Kamidogu
Mortal Kombat stunned the world of video gaming in 1992 when gamers got their first taste in arcades around the globe. Almost three decades later the landscape has changed, but our passion for the franchise has not. Join founder Christopher Veljanovski and Toasty as they talk all things Mortal Kombat and NetherRealm Studios.
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29. Chris Casamassa
Training under the watchful eye of his father (American martial arts pioneer Louis D. Casamassa), Chris earned his first degree black belt by the age of 10. Now a 9th Dan black belt, Chris serves as president of Red Dragon Karate. He starred as Scorpion in 1995’s Mortal Kombat movie, and later reprised this same role in the hit television show Mortal Kombat: Conquest. Besides Mortal Kombat, Chris was in the original Karate Kid movie, served as George Clooney’s stunt double in Batman & Robin, and has reunited with producer Larry Kasanoff to star in the upcoming martial arts/fantasy feature The Fearless and the Fallen. — FOLLOW CHRIS CASAMASSA — Twitter: Snapchat: @realmkscorpion Instagram: TikTok:
August 10, 2022
28. Larry Kasanoff
Lawrence “Larry” Kasanoff is an American filmmaker who founded Lightning Pictures in 1986, Lightstorm Entertainment with James Cameron in 1990 and Threshold Entertainment in 1993. Larry has worked on a number of Mortal Kombat productions, including the 1995 smash-hit Mortal Kombat movie, its sequel in 1997, as well as the television series Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm and Mortal Kombat: Conquest. Kasanoff also served as executive producer on 2021’s Mortal Kombat movie reboot, and is currently working on its sequel. — FOLLOW LAWRENCE KASANOFF — Website: Instagram:
July 27, 2022
27. Carlos Pesina
A former employee of both NetherRealm Studios and Midway Games, Carlos Pesina is best known for his digitised portrayal of Raiden in earlier Mortal Kombat titles. A highly skilled martial artist like his brother Daniel, Carlos also voiced Bo’ Rai Cho during the 3D era. Mokap (a kombatant who debuted in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance) was introduced as a tribute to Carlos, who also served as lead motion capture artist and an animator. — FOLLOW CARLOS PESINA — Twitter: Instagram:
July 13, 2022
26. Michelle Lee
A native of Los Angeles, Michelle is the epitome of girl power. Having starred as the ferocious Mileena in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, her talent knows no bounds. Adding to her impressive résumé includes roles in films such as Venom, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Black Widow and more. She also has extensive experience in motion capture, working on blockbuster hits such as The Last of Us 2, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Resident Evil 6. — FOLLOW MICHELLE LEE — Twitter: Instagram: TikTok:
June 29, 2022
25. Mortal Kombat 12
Christopher and Toasty are joined by kommunity members Miss Taurus, Jay Saint G, Da Island Boyz, MadMike, Dilara and tabmok99 to discuss the prospect of Mortal Kombat 12 as the franchise’s 30th anniversary fast approaches. — FOLLOW MISS TAURUS — Linktree: — FOLLOW JAY SAINT G — Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Twitch: — FOLLOW DA ISLAND BOYZ — Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: — FOLLOW MADMIKE — Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Twitch: — FOLLOW DILARA — Linktree: — FOLLOW TABMOK99 — Twitter: Instagram: YouTube:
June 15, 2022
24. François Petit
Born in France in 1951, François Petit is a world class martial artist and actor best known for his portrayal of Sub-Zero in the original 1995 Mortal Kombat movie. Having trained under the guidance of Japanese masters since the age of 4, he holds a 9th Dan in Jūjutsu, 8th Dan in Karate and 3rd Dan in Judo. As part of his impressive résumé François is a trained doctor, and served as a member of a special Black Ops extraction team in the early seventies.
June 01, 2022
23. Phillip Ahn, MD
Born in 1966, Phillip Ahn immigrated to the United States of America from his homeland of South Korea at a young age. Over the course of many years he morphed from a shy and insecure boy into a confident and appreciated leader. Following in his father’s footsteps, Phillip has trained in martial arts for practically all of his life, earning a 7th dan black belt in Tae Kwon-Do. His journey through life would eventually lead him to Midway Games, where he donned a traditional Chinese cap to portray Shang Tsung in the highly acclaimed 1993 title Mortal Kombat II. These days Phillip is a practicing doctor of medicine, providing compassionate, comprehensive primary care to men, women and children of all ages. He has published two books: Mortal Discipline and Mortal Doctor, available for purchase on Amazon in paperback, audiobook or eBook form. — FOLLOW PHILLIP AHN, MD — Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
May 18, 2022
22. Andrew Bowen
A self-confessed nerd with a love of Marvel Comics, Andrew Bowen is a tremendously talented actor, writer, director, producer and voice over artist. Since his debut as a regular on Fox’s sketch comedy series MADtv, Bowen has appeared in over 250 film and television productions alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names. In the world of gaming, he is best known for his stellar portrayal of Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat 11. As a screenwriter, Bowen received critical praise for his comedic short “The 716th” which is currently available on Amazon Prime Video. — FOLLOW ANDREW BOWEN — Twitter: Instagram:
May 11, 2022
21. Dan Southworth
Dan Southworth is an accomplished actor, stuntman, motion capture, voice over and martial artist with decades of experience under his belt. Starring as Kenshi in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Dan is credited across a plethora of productions, including the Devil May Cry series where he voiced Vergil, and Power Rangers Time Force where is known as Eric Myers/Quantum Ranger. His latest project, Blade of the 47 Ronin, is set to premiere on Netflix sometime in 2022. — FOLLOW DAN SOUTHWORTH — Instagram:
May 04, 2022
20. Katalin Zamiar (Rodriguez-Ogren)
Katalin Zamiar (Rodriguez-Ogren) is a martial artist, former sportswriter, fitness instructor and owner of POW! Gym Chicago. Having trained in martial arts for over 30 years, Katalin holds a total of four black belts in Kung-Fu, Tae Kwon-Do, Gōjū-Ryū Karate and Shōrin-Ryū Karate. She is best known for her portrayal of Kitana, Mileena and Jade in Mortal Kombat II. — FOLLOW KATALIN ZAMIAR (RODRIGUEZ-OGREN) — Instagram:
April 20, 2022
19. Ludi Lin
Ludi Lin is a Chinese-born Canadian actor and model who is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Liu Kang in the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie reboot. He stars as Kerwin Tan, heir to the billionaire Tan family fortune in CW’s Kung Fu, currently in its second season. Other notable roles held by Ludi include Zack Taylor/The Black Ranger in 2017’s Power Rangers movie, as well as Murk in 2018’s Aquaman. — FOLLOW LUDI LIN — Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
April 06, 2022
18. Long Live Mortal Kombat
Long Live Mortal Kombat is a work in progress trilogy of books written by author and die-hard Mortal Kombat fan David L. Craddock. The first book in the series, subtitled “Round 1 - The Fatalities and Fandom of the Arcade Era,” launches on Kickstarter on 29 March and covers the franchise’s arcade era spanning Mortal Kombat 1 through 4. Published in celebration of Mortal Kombat’s 30th anniversary in 2022, Long Live Mortal Kombat: Round 1 features untold stories and interviews from over 60 developers and subject matter experts, including series co-creator John Tobias and former Midway GM Ken Fedesna. It also delves into the Street Fighter vs. Mortal Kombat rivalry, scrutinises the controversy surrounding violent video games in the nineties and recounts how the multi-million dollar “Mortal Monday” campaign became the biggest marketing push of its era. Kickstarter Link: — FOLLOW DAVID L. CRADDOCK — Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn:
March 29, 2022
17. Jeffrey Meek
The youngest of four children, Jeffrey Meek has enjoyed an illustrious acting career, having worked alongside some of the industry’s greats including Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Denzel Washington and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Cast as the protagonist of the 1992 hit series Raven, Jeffrey later portrayed both Rayden and Shao Kahn in 1998’s Mortal Kombat: Conquest. — FOLLOW JEFFREY MEEK — Website:
March 09, 2022
16. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) Review
Christopher and Toasty are once again joined by resident cheeky boy Lew to review the 1997 film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
February 23, 2022
15. Mortal Kombat Trilogy 4K Remake
Christopher and Toasty are joined by Joe Tresca, Justin McCollum and Justin “Jango” Slaughter of Eyeballistic Game Studio to discuss their Mortal Kombat Trilogy 4K remake in depth. After an initial successful pitch to Ed Boon and Warner Bros., the all-star team are hard at work creating detailed character models and arenas to show the world what such a project could become with proper backing. If you haven’t already, please show your support for the project by signing the petition linked below. — FOLLOW JOE TRESCA — Twitter: — FOLLOW JUSTIN MCCOLLUM — Twitter: Instagram:
February 02, 2022
Happy Holidays + Best Wishes for 2022
Christopher and Toasty are joined by members of the Mortal Kombat kommunity to share their fondest holiday memories, as well as their best wishes for 2022. Guests include (in order of appearance): tabmok99, MK Jasper, David Cage (unCAGEDgamez), thethiny, The4thSnake, Mustard, Steve (MK Temple), Kerri Hoskins, Jay Saint G (NerdCage Live), TrueUnderDawg, Esau Murga, J Gleez, Elicia (naught_3), Lew, Dilara and Big Bear Bro.
December 31, 2021
14. Mortal Kombat (1995) Film Review
Christopher and Toasty are joined once again by the cheeky legend Lew to review the klassic 1995 Mortal Kombat film.
December 17, 2021
13. Wilbert Roget, II
Wilbert Roget, II is an award-winning American video game composer who provided the goosebump-inducing “A Matter of Time” main theme and breathtaking cinematic soundtrack to Mortal Kombat 11’s expansive Story mode. Having once worked for LucasArts on a number of Star Wars titles until their acquisition by Disney, Wilbert later broke free and went independent. He would later work on a number of blockbuster titles including Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Call of Duty: WWII, and most recently Call of Duty: Mobile. — FOLLOW WILBERT ROGET, II — Website: Twitter: Facebook:
December 03, 2021
12. Brian Thompson
Brian Thompson’s acting career began starring alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He played a punk who had his heart ripped out by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1984’s The Terminator, and later starred as Night Slasher in Stallone’s 1986 film Cobra. Landing a number of television roles in between, Brian would later portray Shao Kahn in 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and most recently appeared in 2021’s The Tradegy of Macbeth alongside Denzel Washington. — FOLLOW BRIAN THOMPSON — Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
November 19, 2021
11. John Parrish
Gotcha! Born in San Francisco, John Parrish portrayed Major Jackson Briggs (aka Jax) in Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. A fitness fanatic and avid bodybuilder, John’s muscular physique and witty persona was infused into the character, which still holds true today. Metal arms or not, the last thing you want is a swift clap or stomp from this military icon! — FOLLOW JOHN PARRISH — Facebook: Instagram:
November 05, 2021
10. Bruce Locke
Born and raised in Oregon, USA, Bruce Locke has starred in a number of films and television shows, and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the soul-stealing sorcerer Shang Tsung in the 1998 television series Mortal Kombat: Conquest. He also featured as the main villain in RoboCop 3, and has had roles in a number of popular series including The Man in the High Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-0, NYPD Blue, V.I.P. and more. — FOLLOW BRUCE LOCKE — Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
October 22, 2021
9. Richard Divizio
Lauded as one of the pioneers of the franchise, Richard Divizio is best known for his portrayal of the ruthless Black Dragon mercenary Kano in the first Mortal Kombat title. Following the game’s success, Richard went on to portray a number of iconic kombatants including Baraka in Mortal Kombat II, Kabal in Mortal Kombat 3 and Quan Chi in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero. Don’t miss our longest and craziest episode to date! — FOLLOW RICHARD DIVIZIO — Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
October 01, 2021
8. Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Review
Christopher and Toasty are joined by YouTuber and avid supporter Lew to take a deep dive into the recently released Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms animated film from Warner Bros. Animation.
September 17, 2021
7. Spitfire Brown
Hailing from the rough and tough southern end of Chicago, Percy “Spitfire” Brown faced and overcame many obstacles throughout his life. A highly skilled actor and martial artist, Spitfire joins Christopher and Toasty to discuss his portrayal of Rain in the 1998 television series Mortal Kombat: Conquest. — FOLLOW SPITFIRE BROWN — Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
September 04, 2021
6. Kerri Hoskins
Growing up amongst a gifted family of painters and singer/songwriters, Kerri forged her own destiny. A trained martial artist and stuntwoman turned glamour model, Kerri first appeared as a cheerleader in NBA Jam before portraying Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat 3 and subsequent instalments. She later starred as Kia in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero while three months pregnant with twins. Now a talented artist herself, Kerri joins Christopher and Toasty to talk about her journey and share a few laughs along the way. — FOLLOW KERRI HOSKINS — Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
August 20, 2021
5. The Kombat Kompendium
The Kombat Kompendium is finally set to be released in all of its glory in early 2022 following a highly successful Kickstarter campaign and a massive six years of dedication from its dynamic team. Myke Ivory, Tommy Gagnon and Nash Aguilar of Uppercut Editions join Christopher and Toasty to break down the project in detail and share their excitement surrounding the project. — FOLLOW UPPERCUT EDITIONS — Twitter: Facebook:
July 30, 2021
4. Lia Montelongo
The one and only Lia Montelongo joins Christopher and Toasty to spread her infectious laugh while talking about her time portraying Sindel in Mortal Kombat 3, Sareena in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Tanya during Mortal Kombat 4’s promotional tour at E3 in 1998. — FOLLOW LIA MONTELONGO — Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
July 17, 2021
3. Adoni Maropis
Adoni Maropis speaks with Christopher and Toasty about his depiction of Quan Chi in the 1998 television series Mortal Kombat: Conquest, terrorist mastermind Abu Fayed in 24 and his love of ping pong, musaka and finikia. — FOLLOW ADONI MAROPIS — Website: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube:
June 14, 2021
2. John Turk
Special guest John Turk joins Christopher and Toasty to discuss his portrayal of the unmasked Sub-Zero and Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 3, Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, as well as his love of acting, fitness and nutrition. — FOLLOW JOHN TURK — Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
June 02, 2021
1. It Has Begun
Christopher and Toasty introduce themselves and share some of their fondest Mortal Kombat memories. The duo then move onto the topic of 2021’s Mortal Kombat movie, where they review each individual performance followed by the film as a whole.
May 17, 2021