Tekken (2009 film)
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|Directed by||Dwight H. Little|
|Produced by||Steven Paul
|Screenplay by||Alan B. McElroy|
Ian Anthony Dale
Darrin Dewitt Henson
|Narrated by||Jon Foo
|Music by||John Hunter|
|Cinematography||Brian J. Reynolds|
|Edited by||David Checel|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures (Japan)
Anchor Bay Entertainment (United States)
Tekken (鉄拳?) is a 2009 American martial arts film directed by Dwight H. Little, based on the fighting game series of the same name. The film follows Jin Kazama (Jon Foo) in his attempts to enter the Iron Fist Tournament in order to avenge the loss of his mother, Jun Kazama (Tamlyn Tomita), by confronting his father, Kazuya Mishima (Ian Anthony Dale) and his grandfather, Heihachi Mishima (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), the latter of whom he thought was responsible for her death.
Tekken is followed by the 2014 prequel Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge.
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In the late 2010s, after the Terror War has destroyed much of civilization, 8 megacorporations survived and divided up the world around them; the biggest being Tekken Corporation, which controls North America. In order to placate the masses, the corporation's Chairman, Heihachi Mishima, sponsors the King of Iron Fist Tournament, or Iron Fist - in which fighters from the 8 corporations battle until one is left standing and receives a lifetime of stardom and wealth. In contrast to the rich and lust Tekken City, there is the slum area surrounding it, referred to as the Anvil.
Jin KazamaKazuya's son has been raised by his mother,Month of Jun 16. She has trained him in martial arts and has been a mentor, yet she never speaks of Jin's father, claiming he is dead. In 2039, Jin is now a rebellious 19-year-old teenage fighter and contraband runner who lives in the Anvil, and usually goes into fights and cooperates with the resistance groups to earn money to provide food (fruit, coffee and chocolate have become expensive and rare commodities in the Anvil). One night, Jin is targeted by the Jackhammers, the elite specs group that patrols the Anvil and ensures the safety of Tekken City, for cooperating with the resistance groups. He tries to return to his home, only to find his mother, Jun, killed by the Jackhammers bombarding the house.
- Jon Foo as Jin Kazama
- Jason Del Rosario as Young Jin Kazama
- Dallas James Liu as Jin Kazama, age 6
- Kelly Overton as Christie Monteiro
- Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Heihachi Mishima
- Ian Anthony Dale as Kazuya Mishima
- Cung Le as Marshall Law
- Darrin Dewitt Henson as Raven
- Luke Goss as Steve Fox
- Tamlyn Tomita as Jun Kazama
- Candice Hillebrand as Nina Williams
- Marian Zapico as Anna Williams
- Gary Daniels as Bryan Fury
- Gary Stearns as Yoshimitsu
- Roger Huerta as Miguel Rojo
- Lateef Crowder as Eddy Gordo
- Anton Kasabov as Sergei Dragunov
- Mircea Monroe as Kara
- John Pyper Ferguson as Bonner
- Kiko Ellsworth as Denslow
- Michael Showers as Police Officer #1
- Louis Herthum as Police Officer #2
- Jourdan Lee Khoo as Sportscaster #1
- Andrew Wei Lin as Sportscaster #2
- Jonathan Kowalsky as Vosk
- Sharron Leigh as Night Club Waitress
- Monica Mal as Night Club Hot Girl
- Alan McElroy as Arena Attendant
- Jevon Miller as Open Call Reject
- Randal Reeder as Open Call Scared Man
- Jason James Richter as Bonner's Associate
- Blake Shields as Hansu
- Brett Wagner as Quid
- Cassue S. Watson as Med-Tech
The film was screened at the Mann's Criterion Theatre in Santa Monica on November 5, 2009, as part of the AFM Film Festival to find a solid distributor. It was released in Japan on March 20, 2010 through Warner Bros. Pictures (Japan). The film also premiered on July 27, 2010 in Singapore and August 4, 2010 in the Philippines (via Pioneer Films). One week before the Philippine premiere, Jon Foo visited Manila to promote the film. Due to its poor reception, the film never saw a wide theatrical release in the United States, and was released direct-to-video instead.
The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Japan on August 11, 2010. In the United Kingdom, Optimum Released and distributed the film on May 2, 2011. Anchor Bay Entertainment released the film in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 19, 2011.
Katsuhiro Harada, director of the Tekken video game series, criticized the film: "That Hollywood movie is terrible. We were not able to supervise that movie; it was a cruel contract. I'm not interested in that movie." Reacting to Harada's comments, Nick Chester of Destructoid said the film is "not great, but 'terrible' is a stretch," saying that it "does a decent job of trying to stay true to the look and feel of the [games]" and that "the fight scenes weren't bad."
Brian Orndorf of DVD Talk gave the film two stars out of five, writing: "Tekken is a failure on many levels, but it does make a plucky attempt to replicate the flippy-floppy nature of the fighting elements, creating a limb-snapping effort of escapism surrounded by bland writing and sleepy performances." He opined that director Dwight H. Little "show[s] off an impressive spectrum of fighting styles and intensity, though he goes a little crazy with trendy cinematographic choices and hyperactive editing."
Paul Pritchard of DVD Verdict compared Tekken to other video game film adaptations, writing: "In the grand scheme of things, Tekken bests both Street Fighter movies [Street Fighter and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li] with ease, but lacks the goofy charms of Mortal Kombat. Had it embraced its roots more openly, the film may well have offered more excitement. As it is, Tekken is just an average action flick, with nothing to distinguish it from the rest of the crowd."
On May 17, 2012, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Crystal Sky Pictures will bring back the prequel to Tekken. Producer Steven Paul told that the film titled Tekken: Rise of the Tournament has no cast set but the cast will resemble the characters from the games. On January 8, 2014, it was reported that the title had been renamed to Tekken: A Man Called X, starring Kane Kosugi, and the production was set to start later that month. Five days later, it was reported that the filming had begun in co-production of Lionsgate Entertainment and Crystal Sky Pictures. However, Kosugi's official website corrected the confusion with a non-Tekken film with the title Agent X. The Tekken film was renamed to Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge, which was directed by Wych Kaos and released on DVD on August 12, 2014.
According to Variety, Paul Steven who worked on the 2009 film and its prequel as a writer will produce a remake movie with Financing City Network.
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