Tekken (2009 film)

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Japanese film poster
Directed by Dwight H. Little
Produced by Steven Paul
Benedict Carver
Screenplay by Alan B. McElroy
Based on Tekken
by Namco
Starring Jon Foo
Kelly Overton
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Ian Anthony Dale
Cung Le
Darrin Dewitt Henson
Luke Goss
Narrated by Jon Foo
Kelly Overton
Music by John Hunter
Cinematography Brian J. Reynolds
Edited by David Checel
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (Japan)
Anchor Bay Entertainment (United States)
Release dates
  • November 5, 2009 (2009-11-05) (AFI Film Festival)
  • March 20, 2010 (2010-03-20) (Japan)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[1]
Box office $967,369[2]

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.

On November 5, 2009 Tekken was shown at American Film Market. On January 14, 2010, an international trailer was released,[3] and the film premiered in Japan on March 20, 2010.

Tekken is followed by the 2014 prequel Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge.



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.



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.[4] It was released in Japan on March 20, 2010 through Warner Bros. Pictures (Japan).[5] The film also premiered on July 27, 2010 in Singapore and August 4, 2010 in the Philippines (via Pioneer Films).[6] One week before the Philippine premiere, Jon Foo visited Manila to promote the film.[6][7] 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.[8] Anchor Bay Entertainment released the film in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 19, 2011.[9]


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."[10] 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."[10]

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."[11]

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."[12]


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.[13] 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.[14] Five days later, it was reported that the filming had begun in co-production of Lionsgate Entertainment and Crystal Sky Pictures.[14] However, Kosugi's official website corrected the confusion with a non-Tekken film with the title Agent X.[15] 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.[16]


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.[17]


  1. ^ "Tekkan at the IMDb". IMDB. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tekken (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  3. ^ "First Tekken Movie Trailer". 
  4. ^ "TEKKEN Movie Premiere! « SDTEKKEN.COM – Tekken News Resource!". Sdtekken.com. 2009-11-04. Archived from the original on January 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  5. ^ "映画「TEKKEN」オフィシャルサイト". .warnerbros.co.jp. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Jon Foo: The Tekken Star is a Funny Guy". The Philippine Star. 
  7. ^ ABS-CBN - Tekken Star Jon Foo in Manila
  8. ^ "Tekken Movie at HMV". hmv.com. 2010-07-28. 
  9. ^ "Anchor Bay Films Acquires Tekken". ComingSoon.net. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  10. ^ a b Chester, Nick (2010-08-10). "Tekken Boss Calls Tekken Film "Terrible"". Destructoid. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  11. ^ Tekken (Blu-ray) : DVD Talk Review of the Blu-ray - Brian Orndorf, DVD Talk, July 13, 2011
  12. ^ DVD Verdict Review - Tekken (Blu-ray) (Region B) - Paul Pritchard, DVD Verdict, June 10th, 2011
  13. ^ Gallagher, Brian (22 May 2012). "Tekken: Rise of the Tournament Prequel in Development". movieweb.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Scullion, Chris (13 January 2014). "Second Tekken movie reportedly begins filming". computerandvideogames.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Today, the official website of actor Kane Kosugi issued a correction and apology". Kotaku. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  16. ^ "Trailer: Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge". Kung Fu Cinema. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  17. ^ Frater, Patrick (May 16, 2015). "CANNES: 'Tekken' Remake Taps China's $300 Million Financing City Platform". Variety. 

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