Tekken is a 2010 American martial arts movie based on the best-selling fighting game.  It was directed by Dwight Little and starred Jon Foo as the hero, Jin Kazama.  In addition, it featured Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa as Heihachi Mishima and Ian Anthony Dale as his son Kazuya.  Likewise, the cast also featured Kelly Overton as Christie Montiero, Tamlyn Tomita as Jin’s mother Jun, and Luke Goss as Steve Fox (Jin’s tournament mentor) with various other martial artist playing the other contestants (most notably Gary Daniels as Bryan Fury and Darrin Dewett Henson as Raven).

The movie began when Jin witnessed the death of Jun at the hands of the Tekken Corporation and mistakenly believed that Heihachi Mishima was the one responsible.  Then, in an effort for revenge, he entered an invitational match to win the title of “People’s Choice” in the King of Iron Fist Tournament (which was run by the organization).  In doing so, he fought a popular MMA fighter named Martial Law (played by real life Mixed Martial Artist, Cung Le).  He almost lost the fight, but managed to win after remembering lessons his mother taught him.  Afterwards, he befriends a former Iron Fist fighter named Steve Fox (who becomes his manager and mentor).  In addition, he also befriends a female martial artist at the tournament named Christie Montiero.  Shortly after winning his first fight in the tournament, he was attacked by a couple of female assassins (only to have Montiero save him).  Later on, the tournament becomes a tournament to the death after Kazuya betrayed his father.  This led to Jin, Christie, and Steve escaping, along with Heihachi and Raven (who was injured in the escape and didn’t manage to make it out).  Here, Jin discovered his origin (that he was the result of Kazuya raping Jun).  Immediately afterwards the four of them were tracked down, leading to Steve being gunned down and the others being captured again.  Heihachi was supposedly executed at that point, as well.  This led to the rest of the tournament where Jin successfully defeated Bryan Fury in the finals, which led to a deadly showdown with Kazuya.

Like most critics, I agree that this movie was terrible but with good fight scenes—because the fight scenes were good.  Only, they weren’t great.  They weren’t enough to save the movie from mediocrity.  I’m not saying this is the worst movie ever made based on a video game (and in fact was one of the better ones), but the movie was still pretty lousy.  The acting, for instance, was extremely wooden.  Also, Henson’s performance was annoying since (as Raven) he was basically doing a bad impersonation of Blade (only without the acting talent of Wesley Snipes).  In the end, the only three performances that weren’t too bad were that of Dale, Tagawa, and Tomita.  And we really didn’t get to see enough of the latter.  Likewise, the writing was pretty bad.  There wasn’t much intelligence behind it at all (featuring lines like “I don’t think so”).  I mean, the only thing that was good about it at all was the use of flashbacks to help explain Jin’s back story (and training with his mother); only, they went too far.  Each of Jin’s fights essentially went the same way.  He’d get his butt kicked for much of the fight only to remember a lesson his mother taught him at the last minute and knock out his opponent.

In the end, despite better than average fight scenes, I couldn’t bring myself to like the movie.  Even if martial arts movies may be among my favorite genres, this one suffered in many ways.  It’s lack of story and terrible acting ruin it from ever being a good movie.

3 thoughts on “Tekken”

  1. Pretty forgettable movie; it’s messy and full of holes, but it’s not really bad enough to be entertaining, and it certainly isn’t particularly good taken at face value.

    1. Believe me, I know. The movie was terrible. I’m just saying it wasn’t as bad as a lot of other video game based movies (like the King of Fighters, Super Mario Brothers, or Alone in the Dark, among others).

  2. i feel like whenever they make a movie out of a game, they need to work harder to make it look atleast decent because of the other fanbase, and what they did with tekken was a true dissapointment, from the way that they left out some remarkable characters, and the story having it’s flaws and poor acting choices. On the other hand i do have to say that the special effects was actually pretty good, and the fights were awesome.

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