Tekken

2009

Tekken

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The year is 2039. World wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations, the mightiest -- and cruelest -- of which is Tekken. Jin Kazama (Jon Foo) witnesses the death of his mother Jun (Tomita) by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. Vowing vengeance, and armed only with his street smarts and raw fighting skills, he enters a dangerous and potentially deadly combat tournament, where he must defeat the world's most elite fighters to become the "King of the Iron Fist." -- (C) Anchor Bay

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Cast

Luke Goss
as Steve Fox
Lateef Crowder
as Eddy Gordo
Cung Le
as Marshall Law
Ian Anthony Dale
as Kazuya Mishima
Gary Daniels
as Bryan Fury
Candice Hillebrand
as Nina Williams
Roger Huerta
as Miguel Rojo
Kelly Overton
as Christie Monteiro
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
as Heihachi Mishima
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Critic Reviews for Tekken

All Critics (5)

  • Tekken is, at least, the ultimate proof that copying the aesthetics of the videogame for a live action movie doesn't always work. [Full review in Spanish]

    Jul 17, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 15, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • The fight-sequences -- dreamlike and almost-spiritual in the original game -- are relegated to UFC-style octagons, shot like shaky-cam snuff and soundtracked by Insane Clown Posse-wannabees. It'd be headache inducing if it weren't so damn boring.

    Nov 8, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not that McElroy hasn't crafted an interesting-enough storyline (in some respects, it's quite an OK plot) but more that he doesn't know how to engage his audience

    Sep 14, 2010 | Full Review…
  • If fodder like "Best of the Best" is your bag, give this a shot, it's not the worst game movie ever made...

    Aug 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tekken

  • Sep 13, 2015
    It was only a matter of time before someone tried to make a film of Tekken after Mortal Kombat just managed to do it and Street Fighter the same even with the worst plot ever for a fighting game, Tekken is the same, The plot is not really needed and all we wanted to see was a tournament with characters from the game and even though we see some of them and the fights were ok they didn't use some of the big names like King which was disappointing and even though the fights were good the story made it hard to let us just enjoy them, If you're a big Tekken fan you might be expecting more than what's on offer, If you're not a fan of Tekken I wouldn't recommend it.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Starring personal favourite Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Death Race 2, Blade II) as British boxing champion Steve Fox (above), The Tekken game series has been made into a live action film. But personally I think that's a bad way of looking at it. Though a huge fan of the Playstation games, viewing this film as an entity its own right, while still cheering on the characters I loved from the Tekken games, is a much better way of analysing, and enjoying the film. As far as I'm concerned, the films strongest point was what took place outside of Iron Fist Tournament. It's a post-apocalyptic setting (which not only do I love, but also it works superbly. The film actually explains the world better than the games do, and, sure they might have made it up, I'm not certain, but it works massively in its favour. Although Sergei (one of my favourites from the game series) looked like a makeupless Dani Filth, he sort of pulled it off, it was a shame his character was so minor, same with Yoshimitsu (my other favourite). But I think in part that was where this film gained its strength. Unlike other adaptations of fighter games, this movie only introduced a handful of characters, and of them concentrated on just a few, and showed their lives outside of the arena, as well as in. It's ver, very far from flawless. There's numerous plot holes, some less than terrific acting, and either they make up the rules as they go along, or there's a lot of fights you don't get to find out about (I understand not having them on screen, but a montage showing who won would be kinda nice). It doesn't really go down as a favourite, that's for sure, but when I compare it to DOA: Dead or Alive, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, Street Fighter, Double Dragon and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li (especially) it comes out miles in front. Actually, other than the original Mortal Kombat release in 1995 it's really the only mildly watchable Fight-Game-Come-Fight-Film I've ever seen. Also, the soundtrack is pretty strong (featuring Australian band Skinny Puppy). The presence of Cyril Raffaelli as fight choreographer (he had the same job in The Incredible Hulk, Live Free or Die Hard, The Transporter and Brotherhood of the Wolf) was also a great credit to the film. This Frenchman just plain knows what he's doing. Simple as that. Still, viewing it sober this time around, Tekken left a lot to be desired. Good fun, not too bad (especially by comparison), but all together, it's hardly a sin to miss. I think some of my drunken enjoyment of this film be residual, don't trust a rating this high. 61% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2012
    Had a promising start with some cool animations. Then fell apart as the writer was unfaithful to the games. Nina and Anna are ninja assassin prostitutes? Yoshimitsu died? Raven was....... Oh man, an utter disappointment.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2011
    great fight scenes but boring story kills this film
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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