This is a five-star movie for those who like to watch other people play video games. In our corporate run post-apocalyptic world, society has digressed to those who work for corporations and those who thrive off the black market in the slums. Jin, who has been taught marshal arts by his mother, is an excellent street fighter. When his mother is killed by the corporation, Jin, who was a side line player, vows revenge against the leader of the corporation Tekken. He then enters the Iron Fist competition as the "People's Choice" as a way to get access to the leader ("Death Race 2000").
The movie copied many memorable aspects of other fight/apocalyptic movies. It bares similarities to "Soylent Green," "Running Man," "Rollerball," and "Thunderdome." One fighter says, "Do you know where you're at? You're at [not Thunderdome] Iron Fist." Similarities between this and various "Rocky" films is also noticeable. The movie uses a heavy metal grinding music for its many fight scenes.
The movie takes a number of small twists as there are forces within Tekken that want Jin to succeed, but more powerful forces that want him dead.
Lines form other movies come to my mind: "Two men enter, one man leaves." "Luke, I am your father." "Get up Rock!" and "I'm not going to kill the Agorn."
The movie runs fairly cliche and is designed for a young teen (male) audience.
No f-bombs, brief sex scene, and was that brief nudity at the disco? Kelly Overton's butt crack.
on 14 May 2015
It could have been so much more, but ends up being neither awful nor brilliant, but just another average game tie-in with little love for the source material. Don't go expecting the original line up of characters or many characters at all form the massive roster, or even everyone's favourite Mr-kicky-death-hell Baek,, but do expect some gratuitous editing, nonsensical plotting and characterisation and lots of people hitting each other. Repeatedly. Which is why I bought it in the first place. It's a film based on a beat-'em up and you get exactly what you expect. Like Mortal Kombat, Streetfighter, Double Dragon and Dead or Alive before it, there is only so much that you can do with the genre. Dead or Alive was more fun, Streetfighter was more unintentionally funny (Jean Claude van Damme and Kylie Minougue version), Double Dragon more laugh out loud awful and Mortal Kombat had Christopher Lambert as a God. It's okay if you like this sort of thing, but it does try to be overly gritty and serious and loses some of the essential fun that is needed in these type of cross-overs. If the tongue was meant to be in it's bloodied cheek, I missed it.
on 26 March 2014
Poor story, even worse acting, terrible fighting scenes, the only thing good about this movie is Christies bum and you don't see much of that either. Not true to original game this is just a quick money rip off movie......
on 26 July 2011
I'm going to make this short and simple. The people who created this movie had no love or understanding for Tekken and it's characters at all. The film is shallow, generic and worst of all the characters are very poorly represented. Jin looks and acts like a little wimp, Kazuya is just a regular evil guy, who uses weapons to fight and Heihachi is just an old man who can't fight at all. Many of the important characters to the Tekken franchise aren't even there at all (Paul, King, Ling and Lei).
This movie will surely disappoint anyone who is looking for a good movie. Even fans will not enjoy this one. The people who gave it 4 or 5 starts are truly biased and don't know what the hell they're talking about.
Do NOT buy it!
on 13 September 2010
As someone who fondly remembers the 80's action movie style cheese of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, Tekken was a chore to sit through. Simply, it just isn't very FUN. The producers had to get in on that 'dark and gritty' action that helped The Dark Knight cross the $1 billion mark, but the end result is a city (Called Tekken City...) where the sun never comes out and everything is covered in video screens and neon lights. Most of the tournament takes place in a club that has 'Tekken, King Of Iron Fist' written on the back wall, in neon. The fighters themselves aren't fighting to prove they're the best, it's for the sake of the corporations backing them called things like Vectrocorp, shown on video screens in neon colours. And did someone mention Tekken Dollars, in completely serious fashion?
All those exotic environments from the game are referenced by a hologram of the stage that appears for 3 seconds before disappearing. What? Why?
Apart from Christie, all the fights are pretty generic and considering Tekken is about 80% grounded in reality that's very disappointing. I understand the lack of Hadokens in SF and the decapitation free MK, but when most of the fighters have distinctive styles like TKD, Judo, JKD, etc. it's very baffling to see it all brushed aside.
On top of the lack of fun, the guy playing Jin isn't good enough to carry a film, looks about 19 Years Old and the big twist is obvious to anyone who knows who Jin's parents were from reading the instruction manuals.
There's nothing particularly offensive, but it's all been done better in the past by MK and SF.
If you're after flashy fights in modern cinema check out any of Donnie Yen's vehicles such as Kill Zone, FlashPoint or Yip Man.
If it's just Tekken done right then you know where to go.
PS; King, Paul Phoenix, Jack, Kunimitsu (Hahaha, no one misses her), Wang, Feng, Roger, Alex, Devil, Ogre, Mokujin, Lei Wulong, Lee, Julia, Marduk, Kuma, Panda, Asuka, Jinpachi, Gon, Baek, Xyiaou and Hwoarang are all absent. Some for blindingly obvious reasons, others just to spite you.
One of the most unfortunate facts of film is this. Movie adaptations of computer games don't work. Most of the time, they vary from dire to downright abominable, dishonouring the very source material from whence they came, and doing a great disservice to fans. The less said about atrocities such as Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation etc...THE BETTER.
Though, mind you...there HAVE been some surprises. For instance, some of these films have provided decent entertainment, such as DOA: Dead or Alive. The Tomb Raider Films were successful and actually very good (thanks to Angelina Jolie), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Mortal Kombat (1995) I actually thought were excellent and Disney's recent Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was an enjoyable romp that proved there might actually be hope for movie adaptations of computer games.
Which now brings us onto Tekken; Namco's HUGELY popular fighting series. I'm one of the legion of fans who love the series, for its strong storyline, colourful cast of characters and its excellent beat-em-up mechanics that has made the Tekken series such a hit at both Arcades and at home.
Unfortunately, this movie adaptation is yet another cliché of a film based on a popular game that just doesn't work. A lot of it is due to differing greatly from the deep story that helped make the original game so appealing, but there's also an iffy screenplay, terrible acting for the majority, highly flawed directing, and production values that would just make you shake your head in disbelief.
The plot is one we've all heard before. In a dystopian future where governments and countries have fallen, and the world is now ruled by corporations, Rebel teenager Jin Kazama seeks to avenge the death of her mother Jun by entering the King of Iron Fist tournament. Now, long-time fans of the series will NOT be blown away by any of the `revelations' here, seeing as how they originated from the games' plots. In fact, there's little to actually get excited about.
Because the film is only eighty-seven minutes long (nothing compared to films these days which go on from two-to-three hours), it all feels so rushed and shallow. The cast of characters is mostly unappealing here, with radical changes here and there that (again) don't feel true to the spirit of games. For instance, Jin Kazama's personality has been altered from a lone, tragic, damaged human being...to a thieving, mouthy punk (with a SEX life!), who at times feels awkward, and dislikeable. And this, along with other drastic re-workings of story elements, left a bad taste in my mouth.
There are a few things that Tekken DOES actually get right, such as the fight scenes (using actual martial artists, dancers, athletes and stunt choreographers). There are some entertaining moments such as Christie Monteiro vs. Nina Williams, Jin Kazama vs. Marshall Law and Jin vs. Bryan Fury. But all the match-ups are ruined by bad direction and camerawork which is ALL OVER THE PLACE! The filming is terrible, and really could've benefited from studying the fight scenes in Mortal Kombat, which were so much more seamless and better directed.
Even though there's some excellent martial arts talent on hand for the action i.e. Roger Huerta (Miguel Roja), Cung Le (Marshall Law), Lateef Crowder (Eddie Gordo) and Jon Foo (Jin Kazama), their showcases are again squandered by the appalling production, and most of the film's acting, which borders on god-awful. Ian Anthony Dale is so wooden as Kazuya Mishama and Jon Foo - despite being highly skilled as a fighter - is too green for the lead role as Jin, and acts like an inexperienced child. The rest of the cast (with some exceptions) fail to impress, which only sours the viewing experience.
However, kudos must be given to the likes of Luke Goss (Steve Fox), Kelly Overton (Christie Monteiro), Gary Daniels (Bryan Fury) and the legendary Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Heihachi Mishama), who clearly understand their characters and provide exceptional performances. Goss (from films Blade II, Hellboy II & Silverhawk) in particular carries every scene he's in as the British Boxer, delivering hilarious wit and expressing a gritty demeanour. Daniels (from The Expendables) is utterly terrifying, fierce and believable as the infamous cyborg, and his martial arts prowess makes him ideal for the role. And Overton displays grace and confidence as Christie, with Tagawa showing just as much aptitude for Heihachi as he did for MK's Shang Tsung.
Sadly though, it's not enough. The film is just riddled with faults and embarrassments, as other reviewers have mentioned. "Tekken City"?! "Tekken Dollars"?! Never ending night-time?! No King, Paul Phoenix, Devil, Ogre, Hwoarang, Xyiao, Craig Marduk or Julia Chang?! Yoshimitsu criminally reduced to thirty-seconds of fame?! It's no wonder why the makers of the games were ashamed of this mess.
If this film was something OTHER than Tekken, than it would be more enjoyable. If it was a rental, than perhaps more fun could be found watching this film. On the whole, it is mildly entertaining, but it's NOT WORTHY of the name Tekken. It fails to be what it's based on, and that's unpardonable.
No subtitles or commentaries here. For extras, you have a trailer, interviews and a behind-the-scenes look of the film. Not bad special-features (admittedly), but alas I can't recommend Tekken. If you're curious, then check it out. Just don't expect something that lives up to the greatness of the fighting series we all know and love.
on 2 April 2015
The movie was great fun, as long as you know what you are getting involved with. It plays around with it's source material a bit. There are also moments where the acting could be slightly better.
If you are looking for a fun fighting movie though, and do enjoy the Tekken games, then the movie is really good fun very enjoyable.
on 25 May 2011
Where do I begin? Let us first begin by saying that the storyline has not be maintained in the game series. Since Tekken 3 there have been twists and turns which have contradicted the original story. This movie makes no attempt at maintaining accuracy either. The characterizations are poor, the scripting is poor, it is as I feared it would be. It's not worthy to bare the name and is the worst addition to the series to date, far surpassing Tekken 6 in that regard. If you are an ardent fan of the series from the beginning, this will likely not be for you. If you are a newbie this will be more akin to your tastes. Those oblivious to the series? It's a hit or miss. I personally do not recommend this movie at all.
on 28 June 2016
As a film/animation student this has got to be one of the best video game-adapted films I've seen. Mortal Kombat was okay, however the tekken movie was great. It crammed all recent 5 game plots into one piece, which was fantastic. Definitely recommend for any fighting game fan out there!!!
on 18 March 2014
First thing I should probably say is that I haven't played every Tekken game so am coming at this film without being heavily invested in any lore. That being said I enjoyed the movie for what it was, there are many, many worse adaptations of video games out there, going into this film i had no real expectations for the plot I just wanted some half decent action and that's what I got. The action in this film is well choreographed and was shot pretty well, plot wise, well you've heard it before, poor kid from the slums ends up entering a tournament for cliched reasons and fights his way through the ranks, the acting is again run of the mill, no stand out performances but I can't recall anyone who took me out of the movie by being awful either. So yeah as long as you adjust your expectations for this film accordingly you should have a good time, don't expect it to make any top 10 best lists though.