Mortal Kombat (1995)
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The movie Mortal Kombat is based on the highly successful games Mortal Kombat from 1992 and Mortal Kombat II from 1993, which spawned various more sequels. These games were the first in their kind that had real life martial artists/actors who modeled for the characters, and they were also one of the first games to introduce "gore", and the first games that introduced "fatalities." Fatalities were especially brutal and gory finishing moves performed by hitting the right button combinations on the joypad/controller. Edit
Some were. However, these similarities were more obvious in the game, but they were also in the movie.
*Liu Kang (Robin Shou) = Bruce Lee
*Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) = Jean-Claude Van Damme
*Raiden (Christopher Lambert) = James Pax (Big Trouble in Little China)
*Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson) = Cynthia Rothrock
*Kano (Trevor Goddard) = Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator)
*Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) = James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China) Edit
Various of them were.
*Liu Kang = Robin Shou, a Kempo expert and gold medallist.
*Shang Tsung = Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, created his own form of self-defense.
*Scorpion = Chris Casamassa, a Karate expert and champion.
*Sub-Zero = François Petit, expert in various martial arts.
*Reptile = Keith H. Cooke, expert in Wushu, Kickboxing and champion.
*Fighting Monk = Hakim Alston, expert in Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do and champion.
*Art Lean = Kenneth Edwards, expert in Kung Fu and trainer.
*Chan Kang = Steven Ho, a Kung Fu expert and champion.
---- Various people claim that Christopher Lambert (Raiden), Talisa Soto (Kitana), and Linden Ashby (Cage) are martial artists as well. Various actors in various action films have to participate in training prior to shooting their scenes, but that does not necessarily make them martial artists. They are actors who took some martial arts training. Edit
*Liu Kang: Phillip Rhee, Jason Scott Lee, Russell Wong, and Dustin Nguyen lost to Robin Shou.
*Sonya Blade: Cameron Diaz was cast, but dropped out because of a broken wrist.
*Johnny Cage: Jean-Claude Van Damme refused in order to do Street Fighter. Brandon Lee was cast but died while filming The Crow. Edit
Some were in various scenes.
*Linden Ashby (Cage): -fight double: J.J. Perry -stunt double: Brad Martin
*Chris Casamassa (Scorpion): -acrobatic double: Mitch Gaylord -fire stunt double: Jeff Imada
*François Petit (Sub-Zero): -acrobatic double: Mark Caso
*Talisa Soto (Kitana): -stunt and fight double: Dana Hee Edit
This question will raise mixed feelings. The overall story was very true to the first and second Mortal Kombat game. Paul W.S. Anderson did a good job incorporating most of the characters in a solid story.
Some fans, however, will complain about the fact that some characters who were very popular (mainly Scorpion and Sub-Zero) did not have enough screen time and background information in the film. In a practical sense, it is difficult to portray extensive backstories for a large ensemble in an action-heavy film such as this one.
Moreover, the original games were light on story, being strictly 1-2 player fighting games. As the game sequels progressed, more background was given about the characters and once the games started getting into the 3-D realm, they developed stories. When this film was made, the filmmakers were called upon to offer their own takes on the characters. Edit