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Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge (2014)

Tekken: A Man Called X (original title)
PG-13 | | Action | 2015 (USA)
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Suffering from amnesia, a young man trying to discover his true identity is kidnapped by an underground crime organization and turned into a ruthless assassin.

Director:

Wych Kaosayananda (as Wych Kaos)

Writers:

Nicole Jones-Dion (as Nicole Jones), Steven Paul
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Cast overview:
Kane Kosugi ... Kazuya
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Heihachi
Rade Serbedzija ... The Minister
Gary Daniels ... Bryan Fury
Kelly Wenham ... Rhona Anders
Paige Lindquist ... Laura
Charlotte Kirk ... Chloe
Biljana Misic Biljana Misic ... Natasha
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... The Janitor
Ron Smoorenburg ... Thorn
Damian Mavis ... Swat Leader
Russell Geoffrey Banks ... Jimmy The Thief
Eoin O'Brien ... Ezra
Brahim Achabbakhe Brahim Achabbakhe ... Rip
Abishek J. Bajaj Abishek J. Bajaj ... Apartment Manager
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Suffering from amnesia, a young man trying to discover his true identity is kidnapped by an underground crime organization and turned into a ruthless assassin.

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Survival Is No Game

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English | Japanese

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2015 (USA) See more »

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Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge See more »

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Good Times Production Co. See more »
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Unlike any other version of Heihachi in the Tekken franchise, this Heihachi does not have his signature hairstyle; instead he appears to have a shaved head. Kazuya's look for this movie appears to look somewhat similar to Martial Law and Bryan Fury's look is somewhat similar to J.A.C.K. See more »

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When Kazuya is hit by Rhona's car, the car's license plate appears and disappears between camera angles. See more »

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Follows Tekken (2010) See more »

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"You will get used to the noise"

The fact that TEKKEN was not a perfect movie isn't shocking, but it is surprising how significantly worse its successor is. Director Wych Kaos is not exactly known for making great films and his video game movie does not bolster his reputation. KAZUYA'S REVENGE is not so much an adaptation as a lazy spin off, and though it does some things very well, its deficiencies are overwhelming and make this an unenjoyable outing for all but niche viewers.

The story: Haunted by confusing memories, an amnesiac martial artist (Kane Kosugi) is kidnapped by a crime organization and turned into an assassin.

The best thing that can be said about this movie is that Kane Kosugi is, at least, a much more apt choice for the lead role than Ian Anthony Dale was before him. A stellar performer just coming off one of the best fight scenes of the decade in NINJA II, Kosugi does what he does best in delivering fights that range from endurable to pretty good. The low number of characters from the series limits the dream matchups this one can present (and the one it does give us – Kosugi versus Gary "Bryan Fury" Daniels – is rubbish), but Kane manages some respectable bouts with genre regulars Ron Smoorenburg, Eoin O'Brien, and Brahim Achabbakhe. Karate fans won't be completely bored.

Normally, my satisfaction for that regard would garner at least an average rating, but the movie is a metaphor for how a table cannot stand on only one leg. Aside from the fact that the plot in no way resembles the TEKKEN series and would probably make more sense without the label, the screenplay of KAZUYA'S REVENGE appears to have been written with a license to pad and instructions to only tell a fractional story... Many scenes are given over to time-killing flashbacks and montages of Kazuya aimlessly wandering around. The motivations of and relationships between characters are frustratingly enigmatic. Several times, Kazuya will enter a new locale, and with some unclear understanding known only to the characters, he will engage in an unprompted and unexplained fight scene. The movie ends without any resolution, clearly teasing another sequel that I hope will not see production – at least not under the same director.

The upcoming reboot – THE KING OF THE IRON FIST TOURNAMENT - will constitute the third TEKKEN-inspired feature within a decade, and the fact that fans are a lot less happy about this than you'd assume says a lot about the missed opportunities of the series as a film franchise. The creative decisions this particular one makes are genuinely frustrating, and sends the impression that not only did the producers not care about representing the characters, they did not even care about telling a coherent story. Perhaps the politics of direct-to-video filmmaking are to blame, but no one ought feel compelled to sit through this.


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