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Luke Goss, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kelly Overton, Ian Anthony Dale, Gary Daniels ... see more see more... , Roger Huerta , Cung Le , Lateef Crowder , Jon Foo , Darrin Dewitt Henson , Candice Hillebrand , Jonathan Patrick Foo

The year is 2039. World wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations, the mightiest -- and cruelest -- of which is Tekken. Jin Kazama (Jon Foo) witnesses the death of his mot... read more read more...her Jun (Tomita) by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. Vowing vengeance, and armed only with his street smarts and raw fighting skills, he enters a dangerous and potentially deadly combat tournament, where he must defeat the world's most elite fighters to become the "King of the Iron Fist." -- (C) Anchor Bay

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11,139 ratings

R, 1 hr. 31 min.

Directed by: Dwight H. Little

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DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011

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  • March 13, 2013
    Yep I didn't know they had made a film either!. Guess what? its sucks ass a lot less than 'Street Fighter', about as good as 'Mortal Kombat' but miles better than 'Double Dragon' and 'Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li'.

    OK firstly, the fights are actually quite good, most of the... read morem do in fact copy many moves from the game very well and there appears to be no camera tricks either, actually impressed there. Very little blood of course as this is aimed for a young audience which is a shame as an adult version could of been quite good.

    Right characters, hmmmm well you can't include every character of course so they include most of the main popular guys n gals, 'Jin', 'Yoshimitsu', 'Fury', 'Nina', 'Eddie', 'Law' etc...and to be honest SOME of the cast do look the part and look half decent eg. 'Fury', 'Jin', 'Law' and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as 'Heihachi'. The rest I'm afraid look daft eg. 'Raven' looking the worst in his gay sparkly outfit. Cast wise its all unknowns to me apart from Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who always hams it up something beautiful and is good as 'Heihachi' and Luke Goss who does nothing really. Much like all other video game adaptations in the beat em ups' genre most of the cast are pretty dire but look pretty and there's always one reasonable big name.

    Lastly the plot and film, well its crap really innit, the plot is just a selection of fights between the fighters with a luke warm story in the background about the Tekken company ruling the US in a distopian future (like so many better sci-fi films) where 'the company' is seen as evil and only one man can topple it...'Jin'. Its turd and very basic with predictable outcomes, fight results and ending. It does help if you know the video game of course but I'm sure they have messed up that side too but I'm not fully up to date on the game plot anymore.

    Lots of 'A-Team' like action throughout due to it being aimed at kids, shame, not many bullet holes on view, plenty of faceless drone like henchmen being killed, obvious sets, a little bit at the end credits and small character hints for the fans throughout. Sequel?? yes its set up for one but like 'Street Fighter II' its so dire I doubt they will be allowed to make another.
  • October 10, 2012
    A future world where fascistic corporations rule a street kid enters the prestigious "Iron Fist" tournament with the intention of killing the head of the Tekken corporation whom he holds responsible for the death of his mother. Yet another cheesy video game adaptation, Tekken is ... read morea cheap and cheerful B-movie that does exactly what it says on the tin. The script, as you'd expect, is sub standard, the acting suspect and dialogue regurgitated action movie cliches but the characters all look the part, the action sequences adequately executed and the fight scenes all decent. It's definitely a case of MTV film making with the usual flashing lights, fast cuts and inescapably constant and awful soundtrack but it's certainly not the worst video game adaptation I've seen and is no worse than you're average Paul W. S. Anderson film. Anyone with any sense will keep their expectations low, and they will no doubt be met.
  • September 27, 2011
    "You will fight, the world will watch, and my legacy will be written with your blood."

    Tekken actually wasn't half-bad. I'm as surprised to be saying that as you probably are to be reading it.

    It probably helped that the bar is so low for video game adaptations, and that the l... read moreast such movie I saw was King of Fighters, which was awful to an absurd degree. Tekken can't help but look good in comparison to that. It helps that it makes at least an effort to keep some of the story and characters from the games, while offering frequent decent, if not great, fight scenes. The overuse of flashbacks gets a little old, but that's a much more minor issue than I was expecting Tekken to have.

    I have to mention that Tekken looks pretty good, with some impressive sets and a slick, high-budget veneer. The main actors are adequate, with John Foo as Jin being a capable fighter and believable enough as an earnest and ultimately good-hearted guy. Kelly Overton doesn't have a lot to do other than look hot in her greatly revised role as Christie, but she's infinitely qualified in that particular area. She does okay in her action scenes, too. Ian Anthony Dale is appropriately villainous as Kazuya, and everyone else is at least acceptable.

    Tekken is basically just another fighting tournament movie, placed in a video game setting. But, that's all it really needs to be. The story is simple and straight-forward, and I think that's a good thing. Keep in mind that this isn't supposed to be a 100% accurate adaptation of the game, and it'll probably entertain you.
  • August 21, 2011
    alot of punchin' and jumpin' and crouching tiger-style wall leaps and shit and theres a story too, but fuck if i know. i fell asleep around the 3rd fight and thank god i didn't wake up in time to see the next 8. if they're faithful to the video game, then there should be 11 figh... read morets but god holy Joseph fucking shit i could not care a bit. please don't feed Netflix money for this one. they're already hauling in enough from the L-Word and fucking Zack Gallofunakkist and whoever else.
  • July 15, 2011
    Not played the games, but I do like fighting games and martial arts films. This is ok as a film of a 1 on 1 fighting game. Reasonable budget, some good fight scenes and crazy characters. It didn't quite seem to have the polish of the recent Dead or Alive film though, which is ver... read morey similar. If you liked that you'll find this ok. It could have been a lot better though I feel.
  • May 4, 2011
    Survival is no game.

    It was good to see but this movie was missing so many details, I think the director made so many mistakes in the story and I'm not even a fan of Tekken or know the story but I know this was badly made. Anyone fan of this would probably tell you this movie su... read morecked bad. The woman characters were extremely hot especially that Kelly Overton, that's why I love brunettes! I understand exactly why this movie never made it the theaters...

    Jin Kazama witnesses the death of his mother Jun by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. After finding a Tekken ID he decides to seek out vengeance for his mother's death.
  • March 12, 2011
    Wow this movie is flat-out awful beyond imagination even thow it's probably the most true to the material video game movie ever conceived but it just sucks big time. Even the charisma of Luke Goss. Gary Daniels and Ian Anthony Dale cant save the complete mess which is this film. ... read moreSure there is a cool soundtrack and some super cool and stylish action sequences but none of that makes up for the bad acting, bad characters and just dear god a bad movie. It's a video game film thats pumped on steroids and makes you feel like your loosing intelligence through every minute that passes by. Thank god i saw this online rather then wasting my money on it in the theaters this summer. This will probably be considered one of the worst films of the year if not one of the worst of the decade
  • November 16, 2010
    This live-action film adapted on the video games like Mortal Kombat, D.O.A.: Dead or Alive and Street Fighter isn't bad for what it's worth. The acting wasn't too great, However the fight scenes make up for that as when the fighting kicks in you completely fo... read morerget about the acting. The film is highly watchable and good entertainment.
    And Kelly Overton as Christie Monteiro looked bloody hot and sexy as I could see her almost butt in her costumes.
  • October 14, 2010
    "I am Tekken". I thought this movie was going to be ridiculous when I watched it. It turned out to be so much better than I gave it credit for. The acting was okay and the story was good, but overall this was just a fun film. Based on a video game this has a lot of expectation... read more going into it, but adapting this film into a serious drama could have done it a lot of good. I think there was a lot to work with here, but obviously that would be a high risk to make.

    If you are a fan of these types of movies, this is a fun one to watch. Not a must-see by any means.
  • September 15, 2010
    Tekken, Dwight Little's movie adaptation of the video game series, has very little to be happy for.

    The concept of the video game revolves around fighting and this picture makes that point known very early on. Heck, there isn't much time to waste when this production do

    ... read moreesn't even reach 90 minutes. In the end, the story is predictable and unimpressive along with many lines of its dialogue.

    The fights are one of the few highlights, although it does shy away from them a little when the action turns into some gun play in an escape sequence. As for the fights, Cyril Raffaelli's choreography is noteworthy as he turns the matches into furious hand to hand and weapon encounters. On the downside, the frantic editing during these segments is a letdown.

    Most of the characters lack any serious buildup and back story, which makes them uninteresting. Luke Goss, Ian Anthony Dale, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, although looking strange, provide the more acceptable performances. Jon Foo and the alluring Kelly Overton are mediocre at best as the major characters.

    Tekken does very little in the way of captivating and is therefore a film to pass up on.

Critic Reviews


Brian Orndorf
July 15, 2011
Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com

It does make a plucky attempt to replicate the flippy-floppy nature of the fighting elements, creating a limb-snapping effort of escapism surrounded by bland writing and sleepy performances. Full Review

Simon Miraudo
November 8, 2010
Simon Miraudo, Quickflix

The fight-sequences -- dreamlike and almost-spiritual in the original game -- are relegated to UFC-style octagons, shot like shaky-cam snuff and soundtracked by Insane Clown Posse-wannabees. It'd be h... Full Review

Clint Morris
September 14, 2010
Clint Morris, Mediasharx

It's not that McElroy hasn't crafted an interesting-enough storyline (in some respects, it's quite an OK plot) but more that he doesn't know how to engage his audience Full Review

Felix Vasquez Jr.
August 6, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

If fodder like "Best of the Best" is your bag, give this a shot, it's not the worst game movie ever made... Full Review

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