Tekken (2010 film)

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"Tekken - It's the fight of one life"
Poster issued by Crystal Sky Studios.

Introduction[edit]

Tekken is the title of the live action film that has been released in March 2010 in Japan. The film is set later on than in the anime film, but is not a sequel or epilogue. The movie is to be released on DVD in the United States in 2011 and the United Kingdom release date was April 5th, 2010.

The setting of this movie is in the year of 2039. After a series of World Wars, the world is divided into 8 territories owned by 8 corporations: G-Corp; Eyderdex; Valencorp; Vectrocorp; Ruscorp; Ex-Corp; Brikhauser; and Tekken, who gains control of the United States of America. As a form of entertainment, the Tekken CEO Heihachi Mishima hosts the King of Iron Fist Tournament.

Story[edit]

The film begins with Jin Kazama running among the streets of the Anvil slum area. After returning home to his mother Jun Kazama, we learn of her disapproving attitude towards the Tekken Corporation and the fighting tournaments. Jin eventually leaves home again to sneak off with his girlfriend Kara. Unfortunately, during a search by the Jack soldiers, Jun's house gets blown up and Jin witnesses the death of his mother.

When searching the destroyed house, Jin finds a Tekken Fighter I.D. in Jun's items. He then goes to a local arena to fight and then defeat the fighter Marshall Law. After the fight, Jin is chosen as "The People's Choice" for the Iron Fist Tournament and meet his sponsor Steve Fox. He also meets and takes interest in the mixed martial artist fighter Christie Monteiro.

Jin nearly beats the brawler Miguel Caballero Rojo nearly to death in his first fight of the tournament. At that night, Jin and Christie sneak out to a nightclub and the two bond. Shortly after leaving Christie to prepare for the next day, Jin is attacked by the assassins Anna and Nina Williams, who were ordered by Kazuya Mishima to kill him. Kazuya is revealed to also have secret plans to take Tekken Corporation from Heihachi. With Christie's help, Jin survives the assassination attempt. Though Steve and Christie warns Jin from the tournament and tells him to leave, Jin states he only participated in the tournament to kill Heihachi, who was believed to be Jun's killer. The next day, Christie is matched against Nina (who Jin discovers is one of the assassins) and eventually wins.

Meanwhile, Kazuya blackmails Bryan Fury (who is the current winner of all the tournaments) to either kill Jin or be exposed as a cyborg, which is stated to be illegal in the tournament. Jin is put up against Yoshimitsu in the quarter-finals. Kazuya gains control of the Jacks and has Heihachi imprisoned, meaning he gains control over the company. Jin then defeats his third opponent while Heihachi trips a security alarm. Kazuya imprisons all of the fighters and later announces that they must fight to the death to win. Heihachi and Raven teams up with Jin, Christie, and Steve to escape, but Raven is recaptured, while rest of them escape to Anvil.

The scene shifts to the semi-final match between Sergei Dragunov wielding a naginata and Bryan Fury. Bryan wins the match by strangling Dragunov to death with the chains he fought with. Heihachi then reveals to Jin that Kazuya raped Jun, then was about to kill her, but Heihachi saved her and moved her to Anvil. Heihachi also tells Jin that he can be the next chairman of Tekken.

The hideout is located by Jacks which results in Steve's death, the recapture of Jin and Christie, the order to execute Heihachi. After returning to the tournament, Jin is forced to fight Bryan in the finals. When Jin kills Bryan, Kazuya sets out to fight and kill Jin himself. Jin is saved when Christie distracts Kazuya. This gives Jin a chance to pin down and wound Kazuya with an ax. Jin does not kill Kazuya after he speaks of the violence between him and Heihachi; Jin states he is a Kazama instead of a Mishima. Christie then grabs Jin's hand and declares him the new Iron Fist champion while the crowd cheers him on.

As Jin goes back to his home, he is saluted by the Jacks and a crowd, including Kara, follows him. Christie narrates explaining that Jin brought hope amongst the people of Anvil, now with a new less rebelious attitude, she says his legacy of Tekken is only the beginning. After the credits, Kazuya is shown walking the streets holding his wound.

Heihachi is about to be executed by a Jack. Heihachi states that "I am Mishima Heihachi. I...am...Tekken. You WILL obey." Then the Jack lowers its gun and accepts Heihachi as his commander once again.

Videos[edit]

Trailer[edit]

Behind the Scenes[edit]

Part 1 Part 2
Part 3 Part 4


Full Movie Link[edit]

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Notable Differences from Game to Film[edit]

  • Tekken Corporation is named Mishima Zaibatsu in the games.
  • The Tekken Force is called Jack Hammers in the film.
  • Eddy Gordo and Sergei Dragunov's names are incorrectly spelled as "Eddie" and "Dragonov" in the film.
  • The Devil Gene is not at all present in the movie. It is, however, hinted at by Kazuya, calling it the "curse of the Mishima bloodline."
  • Christie is Jin's love interest instead of Ling Xiaoyu having a crush on him in the video games; Jin also has a girlfriend (Kara) before entering the tournament. Christie also doesn't interact with Eddy in the movie.
  • Christie's grandfather is credited for training her, while in the games, she is taught by Eddy.
  • Jin has a more rebellious personality like in Tekken 3 than his notable loner attitude in the later games. Though at the end of the film, Christie implies that his personality had changed matching his post-Tekken 3 attitude.
  • Jin receives his own gauntlets from Steve Fox in the film.
  • Law and Miguel are depicted as being arrogant and rude in the film.
  • In contrast, Heihachi is shown to be less villainous than his video game counterpart.
  • Miguel's surname is incorrectly pronounced as "Roja" instead of Rojo.
  • Kazuya worked under Heihachi as head of security before he betrayed him in the film.
  • Kazuya doesn't have the scar on his chest. In the game, he gained the scar by Heihachi throwing him off a cliff. Kazuya also sports a beard and mustache; in the game, however, he is shaven.
  • Steve Fox met Jun in a Tekken tournament in the movie and was suggested they were close, but in the games, Steve has never been in a tournament with Jun and he's not retired.
  • Nina and Anna work together in the movie and do not hold a grudge against each other. They also work for Eyderdex instead of G-Corporation and Mishima Zaibatsu.
  • Anna's signature color is blue instead of red in the games and she does not wear gloves in the movie.
  • There is no connection or interaction between Steve Fox and Nina Williams despite the fact that they are mother and son in the games.
  • Many characters are given different fighting styles such as Christie being a "mixed martial artist" though she is a Capoeira practitioner in the games.
  • Jun was raped and almost murdered by Kazuya in the movie, but their relationship is not explained in the games other than Jun being "drawn" to Kazuya.
  • In the film Jun is killed by a bombing; prior to Tekken 3 she was attacked by Ogre and is currently missing.
  • Jun never told Jin about his dark past in the movie, but Heihachi did. Prior to Tekken 3, Jun revealed Jin's past.
  • In the movie, Yoshimitsu is is employed by Kazuya to kill Jin, but in the games, he does not work for anyone and steals money from the greedy to aid the poor.
  • Bryan has never won a tournament in the games.
  • In the movie, each company must send their best fighter to the tournament; in the game, the tournament is open to the public.
  • In the game, all male fighters have at least one shirt for fighting; in the movie, all of them are generally topless (except for Eddy, Raven, and Dragunov).
  • The tournament is located in North America instead of several locations in the film.

Trivia[edit]

  • Many of the actors are actual mixed martial artists and some particularly fight in another style rather than the style of the character they portray.
  • The story's chronological placement is after Tekken 2. However, it was most likely loosely based on Tekken 4.
  • Due to the return of Kazuya Mishima.
  • Due to the presence of Christie Monteiro and Steve Fox.
  • Although Asuka Kazama and other post-Tekken 4 characters do not appear in the film, Raven, Dragunov, and Miguel are present.
  • The movie premiered in Santa Monica on November 5th at the Mann's Criterion Theater but it was closed to the public.
  • Besides English and Japanese, the movie is also available in Mandarin.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Director - Dwight H. Little
  • Producers - Benedict Carver & Steven Paul
  • Co-Producer - Kim H. Winther
  • Writers - Alan B. McElroy, Michael Colleary & Mike Werb
  • Original Music - John Hunter
  • Theme Music - "One Of Us Is Going Down" by Sick Puppies
  • Stunt Coordinator - Eric Norris
  • Fight Choreography - Cyril Raffaelli

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