Tekken Review (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
Review by Jason Leyanna
The year is 2039. Corporations rule the territories as wars have devastated the earth. The Tekken Corporation is in control of what used to be America. Heihachi Mishima (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) is the CEO of Tekken Corporation which manages the King of the Iron Fist Tournament. Heihachi Mishima has a son, Kazuya (Ian Anthony Dale), that is in charge of the security forces of Tekken, and who is supposed to inherit Tekken from his father.
The film follows the story of Jin Kazama (Jon Foo), as he starts as an amateur fighter living in the Anvil, outside of Tekken City. Jin ends up becoming "The People's Choice" and fights for the common folk. He must fight his way to the top and win the King of the Iron Fist Tournament. Jin gets his first opportunity to fight in a challenge against Marshall Law and secures his place as a combatant in the King of the Iron Fist Tournament. Jin makes friends and enemies of different fighters through the marshal arts tournament. Jin also recalls flashbacks of his childhood and remembers teachings he has learned, especially from his mother, also a fighter. Despite teaching him to fight, his mother absolutely forbade him to go to Tekken or have anything to do with the tournament. During the tournament, Jin teams up with Christie Monteiro and gets some good advice stating that, "Iron Fist isn't about killing." There is more to it than just that, which Jin and viewers soon find out. More is at stake than solely one individual, it is a fight for humanity.
Tekken follows in the footsteps of films based on fighting game franchises such as Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Dead or Alive. The action scenes and the scenes depicting the story of Jin's life and the Tekken Corp. and tournament were entertaining. It brings back memories of my fondness for Mortal Kombat. Jin's anger and quest for revenge makes him seem more human. Jin must decide whether to fight for this motive or for the more altruistic motive of fighting for the people. I felt more attached to the main character as he fights for what is left of the world and for what is right. I just wish they had lengthened some of the important battle sequences, as they seem to be over before you know it. The match with Yoshimitsu, which was originally planned as the final match, turned out to be awesome.
Tekken is a close second to Mortal Kombat and is a great action movie. The film is chock-full of action and martial arts and keeps audiences on their feet. My only complaint is that Tekken only lasts for an hour and a half, so they could have added some more time to the final fights. The characters are likeable, there is a decent plot and story development, and plenty of action. Tekken is a great film based on a video game series, which are few and far between.