Tekken: The Motion Picture

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Tekken
Tekken Movie Poster.jpg
Directed by Kunihisa Sugishima
Mitsuki Nakamura
Produced by Akira Saigoku
Yoshimasa Mori
Yumiko Masujima
Written by Ryōta Yamaguchi
Starring Yumi Tōma
Daisuke Gōri
Minami Takayama
Kazuhiro Yamaji
Music by Kazuhiko Toyama
Production
company
Distributed by ADV Films
Release date
  • January 21, 1998 (1998-01-21)
Running time
60 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tekken: The Motion Picture (鉄拳 -TEKKEN-) is an anime film adaptation of the Tekken fighting video game series by Namco. Produced by ASCII Corporation and Sony Music Entertainment Japan and animated by Studio Deen, it was originally released in Japan as a two-episode OVA in 1998, and as a full-length feature for Western releases.

The film's story is loosely based on the first game, where Kazuya is the main character and Heihachi is the Head of the Mishima Zaibatsu, and Tekken 2, which features Jun and Lei's investigation of the Zaibatsu's illegal activities.

Plot[edit]

As a child, Jun Kazama watches as Kazuya Mishima is thrown off a cliff by his ruthless father, Heihachi, who deems him as weak and kind-hearted. She attempts to locate him, but fails and Kazuya is presumed dead. Kazuya, however, only barely survives and swears revenge, selling his soul to the Devil in exchange for his own survival.

Sixteen years later, Jun works as an Interpol agent and is assigned with a partner, Lei Wulong, to investigate the Mishima Zaibatsu for alleged inhumane experiments on animals by infiltrating the upcoming King of Iron Fist Tournament. Kazuya also plans to enter, hoping for a chance at revenge. Heihachi's adopted son, Lee Chaolan, attempts numerous times to have Kazuya killed in advance by Nina and Anna Williams, but neither are able to succeed. Jun and Lei board a boat heading for Mishima Island, where the tournament will take place, and Jun recognises Kazuya when he slips aboard. She confronts him in the gym about his past and attempts to persuade him to stand down, but Kazuya refuses, especially after Nina and Anna attack again and only barely fail to kill Kazuya.

On the day of the tournament, Lei infiltrates the island's underground facility along with another competitor, Jack, who seeks out Dr. Bosconovitch in order to cure his terminally-ill young companion, Jane. As they fight their way through numerous androids, Jack's arm is gashed and Lei discovers he is also an android. They finally locate Bosconovitch, who treats Jane and confesses the Mishima Zaibatsu's illegal activities to Lei. Meanwhile, Jun attempts to reach out to Kazuya, and arrives in time to stop him from murdering Michelle Chang, a fellow competitor also seeking revenge against Heihachi for burning her village and causing her parents' deaths. Lee unleashes a pack of genetically-enhanced dinosaurs into the field to kill Kazuya. One devours Anna while Nina escapes. Kazuya taps into his inner power and kills all but one of them before reaching the tower where Heihachi awaits him. After fighting his way past Lee, Kazuya confronts Heihachi and the two fight. In response, Lee activates the island's self-destruction sequence, intending to kill himself and take his family with him.

After taking a vicious beating, Kazuya succumbs to his power and viciously pummels Heihachi. Though it seems as if he will kill his father, Jun manages to reach into Kazuya's heart and enable him to expel the Devil, reverting him to his original self; Heihachi sucker-punches Jun and Kazuya and the three of them fall from the cliff. As the island begins to crumble, Lei, Jack, Jane and Bosconovitch flee the facility; Jack sacrifices himself to hold the door open long enough for his friends to escape. The remaining competitors escape from the burning forest as Kazuya emerges with the unconscious Jun. They escape the island while Heihachi flees in a jet as the island explodes.

Sometime later, Jun is accosted by Jin, her young son with Kazuya; Kazuya's whereabouts are left unrevealed. Though Jun senses something is wrong, she dismisses Jin's concern and they walk home together.

Characters[edit]

Main
Character English VA Japanese VA
Kazuya Mishima Adam Dudley Kazuhiro Yamaji
Heihachi Mishima John Paul Shepard Daisuke Gōri
Jun Kazama Edi Patterson Yumi Tōma
Secondary
Character English VA Japanese VA
Lei Wulong Gray G. Haddock Akio Nakamura
Lee Chaolan David Stokey Shin-ichiro Miki
Nina Williams Ellie McBride Minami Takayama
Anna Williams Claire Hamilton Kaori Yamagata
Young Jun Lucy Farris Eri Sendai
Young Kazuya / Jin Kazama Jacob Franchek Minami Takayama
Michelle Chang Jessica Robertson Narumi Hidaka
Jack-2 Mark O'Brien Akio Ōtsuka
Jane Jessica Schwatz
Dr. Bosconovitch Ken Webster Tamio Ōki
Bruce Irvin Peter Harrell Jr. Seiji Sasaki
Jin Kazama Jacob Franchek Minami Takayama
Baek Doo San Lowell B. Bartholomee Kyousei Tsukui
Ganryu Lowell B. Bartholomee Takashi Nagasako
Cameos in opening sequence

As Tekken 3 had only recently been released to arcades at the time of the film's release, several characters of that game appeared in the opening scene but do not appear in the actual film, such as Jin Kazama (adult), Ling Xiaoyu, Hwoarang, Eddy Gordo and Forest Law. Jin appears in the movie's epilogue, but as a child. Wang Jinrei and Kunimitsu also appear in the opening sequence.

English-language release[edit]

An English adaptation by ADV Films edited both episodes into a single film, featuring a new soundtrack with alternative rock, punk rock and sludge metal music consisting of "The Meaning of Life" by The Offspring, "Save Yourself" by Stabbing Westward, "Clean My Wounds" by Corrosion of Conformity, "Straight to Hell" by The Urge, and "Bonecrusher" by Soulhat.

Reception[edit]

Tekken: The Motion Picture was seen by many as an unsuccessful attempt to replicate the previous success of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. Entertainment Weekly called it "a punch-drunk, derivative Saturday-morning cartoon" that "saps every atom of magic from its source."[1] Anime News Network gave the anime a C+, calling it "oddly mediocre in a genre filled with utter crap."[2] Video game magazine Hyper gave it a score of 4/10, opining: "The action bears no resemblance to the games, and the animation is total garbage. The plot is also disturbingly similar to Enter the Dragon. This is one for all anime connoisseurs to avoid."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bernardin, Marc (1999-02-05). "Tekken: The Motion Picture". EW.com. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Tekken: The Motion Picture DVD - Review". Animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  3. ^ Hyper 69, page 85.

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