First Trailer for Tekken Movie (sigh)

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2012 at 5:19 pm,

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A couples of months ago, I was bouncing around IMDB doing some research on The Expendables and buried deep in the cast listing was Gary Daniels and on his bio page was a listing for the movie version of Tekken. The movie was listed as ‘in development” so I wasn’t too worried but in the back of mind I knew this frightful omen could become a reality.

Alas, my fears have been confirmed, for today we bring you the first trailer for Tekken. The film is based on the wildly popular arcade fighting game from the 90′s which has become a home console hit today. Back when I frequented many an arcade establishment, Tekken would have many quarters lined up across the top with guys waiting to play the winner of each match. Unlike Mortal Kombat , which was two-dimensional, Tekken was one of the early pioneers of 3D game play.

I wasted my hours and skipped many college classes playing Tekken – I’ll still take anyone on with Paul Phoenix –  but at no point did I think the game would make a good movie. However, some Hollywood mogul reliving his early 90’s childhood disagreed with me and decided to invest in making his Tekken movie dreams a reality. We have the trailer for you below, but words can’t really express how utterly awful this movie appears to be.

Watch it and be the judge for yourself:

In case you weren’t able to grasp the plot, here is what IMDB says about Tekken (which is Japanese for “Iron Fist” BTW):

“ A Young Man Who seeks revenge of his mother’s death. He finds his grand-father, Heihachi Mishima, and pleas to be trained. When the Mishima leader announces a “King of Iron Fist” tournament. He finds out that his mother’s killer, Ogre, will be participating in the tournament. He must fight against the world’s top competitors to achieve his goal with no interference.”

So let’s see, what is Hollywood’s track record when it comes to fighting video game movie adaptations?

Mortal Kombat 1 – Decent

Mortal Kombat 2 – Bad

Street Fighter – Bad

Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li -Bad

DoA (Dead or Alive) – Bad

Dragonball Evolution – Very Bad

The King of Fighters -To be determined (but doesn’t look good)

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So Tekken doesn’t have a deep, rich, successful video game movie history to draw from, but maybe the director and writer will be enough to overcome that drawback? Dwight H. Little is directing and his past movie credits include Phantom of the Opera, Marked for Death, Free Willy 2, and Murder at 1600. An opera movie, Steven Segal, a sequel about a whale and Wesley Snipes… this doesn’t bode well for Tekken.

Alan McElroy wrote the screenplay for Tekken and you may know his work from such hits as Spawn, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, The Marine and all three Wrong Turn movies. Oh man… Tekken is screwed. Hey, I could be completely wrong though and this movie will turn out to be the best fighting game movie ever adapted. We shall see.

What did you think about the trailer for Tekken and what are your thoughts about fighting game adaptations in general? Will Hollywood EVER get one right?

Tekken has no official release date but should overwhelm theaters in 2010.

Source: Cinema Blend

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  1. At the least I see one thing good: Luke Goss.

  2. i believe hollywood's was too idealism. they don't really want to follow the real story, and make it with new one.
    or maybe it is too difficult for them to compress the whole story into one movie.

  3. I cant belive you guys are slandering this movie its looks pretty fine 2 me best fighting game adaptation scince MK1 my onli dissappointment is devil jin dosent seem 2 be in it nor devil but hers hoping for a sequal if they follow the story correctly itl be the best game series ever :D I do agree however with the other fightinf adaptations such as dragonball evolution cud of done alot better but i cant wait for this :P is it really rated R for violence and sexual content ? seems crazy haha

    • WOW, you really don’t know much about movies do you? I hope your like 10 years old, because only then is ignorace forgivable.

  4. I so agree. This movie looks so crapy! If I want to see a crapy movie I would watch DragonBall. I had high hopes for Tekken. After finding out it’s a cheap Hollywood piece of junk it’s not worth watching or even looking at the DVD itself. I mean even a Youtube person can make a decent film. Jeez. What happened to the world of Gamers today?!?!!? The only move that successfully made a big hit even if it was a game before movie was Resident Evil.
    P.S. all those who want to see this piece of crap movie you have no tastes!!!

  5. I’m a huge tekken fan and disappointed to see such a film in the making. Hollywood need to stop ruining great game franchises with their crappy adaptations! They could at least make video game movies in CGI, but they’d rather try and recreate in real life, making it look cheap and tacky. They’re even missing some of the best characters like Lei and Paul, but still included some of the crappy newbie characters like Eddy and Raven.

    PLEASE HOLLYWOOD! Stop ruining great things from my childhood!

  6. The movie looks like it was shot in some losers basement. This movie couldn’t even get the damn casting right, if your gonna put no name actors in a piece a junk at least make sure they vaguely resemble the character their playing. I could pull people of the street, film only in California, do the effects myself, and make a better movie that is more true to the game.

    • do it. Tekken needs it.

  7. I AM A DIE HARD TEKKEN FAN AND I HOPE THIS MOVIE FLOPS HORRIBLY, ACTUALLY I HOPE IT NEVER TOUCHES THE BIG SCREEN AND PRODUCTION SHOULD BE STOPPED UNTIL THE DIRECTOR IS SWITCHED TO MICHEAL BAY AND A NEW CAST IS SELECTED. ALSO IT LOOKS LIKE ON OF THOSE CHEAP LIFETIME MOVIES AND THE BUGET WAS PROBALY $50,000 THATS WHY THERE ISN’T ONE A-LIST STAR IN THAT MOVIE LET ALONE A B-LIST STAR.

    • Michael Bay? Really? Granted this movie looks like it will be crap, but he wouldn’t do any better of a job with the film. There are better directors out there to suggest.

      • Actually, I could write the script and direct this film a lot better than what it looks like it will be. For the actors sake, I hope this film does well.

  8. I’m a huge tekken fan

  9. wow i just checked this movie out omg! its so bad i cant believe they went through with this the 1st movie should always be about kazuyas life not jins and wheres the devil gene the curse blood of the mishima nothing wow it was so crap i could go on all day they should just change the name of this movie to gayekken and people would take it as another cheap movie made by idiots

    • you’re a loser. This movie was far from “cheap” and it was freaking amazing, you want to bash on crappy movies go suck on some dragon ball live action crap, then again what do you know about anything “rob”? You probably have never even played tekken outside of the americanized franchise crap so enjoy your ludicrousy and keep talking down on things you don’t and will never comprehend.

  10. this was a really good movie

    • Yes it was a good movie… So much for all the naysayers. I was a little skeptical renting it but it turned out to honor the franchise well. The fighting alone was amazing and very interesting and I found myself replaying a few scenes. The plot is simple but that’s not always a bad thing.

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