As much as the Street Fighter motion picture adaptation fell into a horrible disaster, Tekken (2010) showed the video game enthusiasts the total opposite. Numerous fans worldwide who watched both action films came together in one conclusion: Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li came out with a very boring and unjustified plot, while matched with unrecognizable characters not unless someone mentioned their names during the scene. Not only that, the fight scenes were cut short and edited in a terrible way. On the other hand, Mortal Kombat turned out to be more decent as the characters were given more justice along with the storyline and overall concept.
Released in 2010 and directed by Dwight Little, Tekken features the role of Jin Kazama played by the novice Jon Foo. The story revolved around a futuristic setting where the world has already been dominated by evil-willed individuals putting money on the center of their lives. Jin’s mother was killed by these individuals, forcing him to hunt for various illegal activities just to get near the Tekken’s big boss for a bitter revenge. Consequently, Jin joined the Iron Fist Tournament, which was held annually, for him to put an end to his mission.
Steve Fox (Luke Goss) was a former Tekken fighter who met Jin during his path to winning the Iron Fist. Aside from him, Jin also met another fit and striking contestant named Christie (Kelly Overton) who is the love interest in this story. Villains were also strongly introduced as Mishima (Tagawa) together with his thick-browed son Kazuya (Ian Anthony Dale) showed more determination to steal the prominent CEO position. Their intention and will on how much they wanted the seat were emphasized in every chance they got to act on-screen.
Worked as a former stuntman, Jon Foo provided brilliant fight scenes as much as he performed on his previous roles in The Protector, Batman Begins and Universal Soldier: Regeneration. Through Tekken, Foo has successfully brought convincing chops and charisma when he did spinning kicks fancier than what could have been expected from a martial arts film. Stuntmen and doubles were less needed for his scenes as he could perform majority of it on his own. There is also an outstanding performance featuring Lateef Crowder.
For a fiction action movie, Tekken was pretty cool actually to take place in a setting where the world has been manipulated by Tekken City and The Anvil, big corporations with a whole lot of chunk to pay for their wrongdoings. However, the whole plot and scenes appeared to be predictable to some moviegoers. All calculations and guesses were most likely to turn out on the actual scenes, but fiction films were actually like that – filmed in the most unrealistic setting and delivered in a riveted way.
Another cool thing which appeared to be impressive was the design of outfits worn by the lead characters, which resembled as much as they looked like in the video game. Jin, Yoshimitsu, Nina and Eddie seemed to be the animated characters talking and doing stunts in real life. The music and sound effects played throughout the film were fast-paced and exciting – all appropriate to keep your eyes glued on-screen as you munch quickly on your popcorn.
Though the concept of action tournament has become not-so-new to some action film lovers, Tekken has captured the finicky tastes of many since Director Little managed to shoot realistic bloody scenes all throughout the movie. This was proven on Jin’s scene with Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels) where he showed up with a horrid and bloody look to fight and win for the championship title. Undoubtedly, Director Little successfully filmed Tekken without compromising the quality and production value; therefore, it should not be regarded as a “cheap” type of action movie.
Tekken received numerous praises from video game hobbyists who turned out to be action film lovers as well. It was lined up together with Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider for successfully delivering marvellous performances and edits. It may not be a super perfect adaptation considering the random flaws; yet the overall cinematography would certainly keep you entertained the whole time. Director Little’s familiarity and expertise in the genre worked harmoniously together, creating a bigger edge than Street Fighter. With the violence filmed exactly how it would look like in real life, fans also acknowledge the presence of sexy scenes which also sparked up the interests of many. Jon Foo officially launched his career and surely made his skill known worldwide through Tekken. This movie