Tekken (DVD)

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Tekken (DVD)

Namco's Tekken videogame comes to life from director Dwight H. Little (MURDER AT 1600) in this sci-fi action film for Crystal Sky Entertainment. The s...

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published 03/07/2011 | linzee_loulabelle
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"Another lame game to film conversion?"

About the film

Tekken is a 2010 action/ martial arts film that was based on the video game series of the same name. The film is rated 15 due to strong violence and it has a run time of 92 minutes. Although the film had a pretty big budget of $35 million, the film only went on to make just under $1 million, making it a massive flop.


Set in the dystopian world of 2039, nothing is as we know it now. Different districts are run by major corporations with the biggest being the Tekken Corporation. Every year, the chairman of Tekken Corporation, Heihachi Mishima, sponsors the King of Iron Fist Tournament, also known as Iron Fist - a tournament where fighters compete to the death to gain a future full of fame and fortune.

The basis of the film is that a young fighter named Jin Kazama wants revenge on Tekken and Heihachi Mishima, who he believes is responsible for his mother’s death. Trained by his mother, Jin is skilled in many forms of martial arts and quickly becomes the people’s choice to enter the terrifying tournament. Jin knows that this is the only way he will be able to avenge his mother’s death and help to make the world a better place. Once a part of Iron Fist, Jin realises just how talented and strong the other fighters are and that he cannot do everything alone. He must trust his fellow competitors to help him carry out an impossible task.


Jon Foo as Jin Kazama
Mircea Monroe as Kara
Ian Anthony Dale as Kazuya Mishima
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Heihachi Mishima
Kelly Overton as Christie Monteiro
Tamlyn Tomita as Jun Kazama
Luke Goss as Steve Fox
Cung Le as Marshall Law
Gary Daniels as Bryan Fury
Candice Hillebrand as Nina Williams
Marian Zapico as Anna Williams
Darrin Dewitt Henson as Raven
Lateef Crowder as Eddie Gordo
Gary Ray Stearns as Yoshimitsu
Anton Kasabov as Sergei Dragunov
Roger Huerta as Miguel Rojo

What I thought

When games like this get made into films, it usually goes one of two ways. Terrible or pretty damn good. I am so, so happy to say that this falls into the second category. The Mortal Kombat films are probably my favourites in this genre of film but Tekken measures up extremely well. Of course, it doesn’t comapre to the likes of Resident Evil but it can still hold its own very well. This was a film made to be as close to the game as possible and here it does a great job.

Jon Woo was a great male lead. He was everything that his type of character should have been and portrayed Jin extremely well. He was strong, confident and charismatic as well as very likable due to his circumstances in the film. I thoroughly enjoyed Woo’s performance in every aspect but mostly his skills when it comes to martial arts. I have no idea whether or not her performed all of his own stunts but he obviously shows that he knows what he is doing and was very impressive. He packs in a lot of power and strength in his scenes of fighting and his body also looks amazing while he does his stuff.

Even the other cast members impressed me a fair bit. Sometimes in these films, you get one or two people who give great performances but here, it was the majority rather than the minority. With a colourful range of characters from the games, all having different skills and talents, each actor was able to show off different things and bring something exciting to the film. While there aren’t any massive names in Tekken, it didn’t matter to me. In fact, I quite liked that the cast was a bunch of relatively unknown actors because I wasn’t expecting anything from them.

While there are some great characters featured like Nina, Anna and Sergei Dragunov, I was quite sad to see that some of the great game characters weren’t involved. I don’t know if this was due to the film makers trying to stick as close to the game as possible, therefore, characters from later films not being used. Personally, I would have loved to have seen Lili kicking some ass (she’s who I always use in the game now) or some of the animal characters. It is probably unlikely that further films will be made due to how much money this one made but if they were, I would love to see some of these characters doing their thing.

Tekken is, surprisingly, a good game to film conversion and a film that I enjoyed thoroughly. It is exciting, action packed and has something for everyone, even the girls!

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  • Coloneljohn published 12/07/2011
    A fine review. John
  • AnneLorraine1 published 03/07/2011
    Nice review here
  • 80smusicreviewer published 03/07/2011
    Didn't know there was a film based on the game, great review.
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Namco's Tekken videogame comes to life from director Dwight H. Little (MURDER AT 1600) in this sci-fi action film for Crystal Sky Entertainment. The story surrounds a hero's quest for freedom as he battles through a space-age martial arts tournament. THE MARINE's Alan B. McElroy provides the script.


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