The year is 2039. World wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations, the mightiest -- and cruelest -- of which is Tekken. Jin Kazama (John Foo) witnesses the death of his mother Jun (Tomita) by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. Vowing vengeance, and armed only with his street smarts and raw fighting skills, he enters a dangerous and potentially deadly combat tournament, where he must defeat the world's most elite fighters to become the "King of the Iron Fist."Written by
In video games Bryan Fury is a young corrupt policeman killed in a confrontation, Fury was revived as a cyborg without compassion unlike the film where it is the opposite of the video game. See more »
When Jin's fight with Law is being watched in the bar, the TV shows some shots that were clearly filmed inside the cage but there is no camera man in the cage. See more »
[Christie traps Nina in a leg lock]
Out a little late last night?
[Nina kicks Christie with the other foot]
I like your boyfriend. He's cute.
[Christie kicks Nina in return and breaks the leg lock. The fight continues until Christie knocks down Nina and lands a somersault axe kick to the throat]
Sorry, I don't share.
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After the film's end, there's an additional scene, showing Kazuya Mishima in a jail, then Heihachi Mishima with a Tekken soldier about to execute him. Heihachi Mishima repeats that he is Tekken and that the soldier should obey him. The soldier does just that and Heihachi Mishima is spared execution. See more »
Written by Gerard McMann & Tony Silver
Performed by Katie DiCicco See more »
Tekken didn't blow me away, but it's much better than I expected.
"You will fight, the world will watch, and my legacy will be written with your blood."
Tekken actually wasn't half-bad. I'm as surprised to be saying that as you probably are to be reading it.
It probably helped that the bar is so low for video game adaptations, and that the last such movie I saw was King of Fighters, which was awful to an absurd degree. Tekken can't help but look good in comparison to that. It helps that it makes at least an effort to keep some of the story and characters from the games, while offering frequent decent, if not great, fight scenes. The overuse of flashbacks gets a little old, but that's a much more minor issue than I was expecting Tekken to have.
I have to mention that Tekken looks pretty good, with some impressive sets and a slick, high-budget veneer. The main actors are adequate, with John Foo as Jin being a capable fighter and believable enough as an earnest and ultimately good-hearted guy. Kelly Overton doesn't have a lot to do other than look hot in her greatly revised role as Christie, but she's infinitely qualified in that particular area. She does okay in her action scenes, too. Ian Anthony Dale is appropriately villainous as Kazuya, and everyone else is at least acceptable.
Tekken is basically just another fighting tournament movie, placed in a video game setting. But, that's all it really needs to be. The story is simple and straight-forward, and I think that's a good thing. Keep in mind that this isn't supposed to be a 100% accurate adaptation of the game, and it'll probably entertain you.
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