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Tekken

Japanese movie poster
Directed by Dwight H. Little
Produced by David Michael Kelly
Steven Paul
Benedict Carver
Iddo Lampton Enochs
Written by Screenplay:
Michael Colleary
Alan B. McElroy
Mike Werb
Original Story:
NAMCO
Starring Jon Foo
Kelly Overton
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Ian Anthony Dale
Cung Le
Darrin Dewitt Henson
and Luke Goss
Music by John Hunter
Distributed by Warner Bros. (Japan)
Optimum Releasing (U.K.)
Release date(s) United States
November 5, 2009
(American Film Market)
Japan
March 20, 2010
United Kingdom
April 5, 2010
(DVD premiere)
Country United States
Japan
China
Language Japanese
English
Mandarin
Budget $35 million

Tekken (鉄拳?) is an upcoming martial arts film directed by Dwight Little, based on the popular fighting game series of the same name. The film follows Jin Kazama (Jon Foo)[1] in his attempts to rid himself of the devil which plagues his soul and confronting his father, Kazuya Mishima (Ian Anthony Dale) and his grandfather, Heihachi Mishima (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). As of January 14th, 2010, an international preliminary-seeming trailer has finally been released.[2]

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Plot

In the year of 2039, after World Wars destroy much of civilization as we know it, territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations; the mightiest of which is the Mishima Zaibatsu. In order to placate the seething masses of this dystopia, Mishima sponsors the King of Iron Fist Tournament, or Tekken, in which fighters battle until one is left standing, who in turn will receive a lifetime of stardom and wealth. We are introduced to this violent world through the eyes of Jin Kazama, a rebellious teenage street fighter who enters the tournament in order to avenge the death of his mother that he blames upon the Mishima Zaibatsu's most powerful and controlling chairman – Heihachi Mishima. He knows that the only way to get close enough to Mishima to kill him is to win the tournament, but in doing so, he begins to uncover his own past and inner demons as well as exposing a dark underbelly to Tekken that threatens the very existence of humanity.[3]

Cast

  • Jon Foo as Jin Kazama: A young and talented fighter who has a dark power within him. The Devil Gene he has inherited from his father, Kazuya Mishima, is slowly tearing him apart and consuming his mind with evil and hate. He now realizes that the only way he can save himself is to confront both his father and grandfather, Heihachi Mishima, both of whom have their own agendas for Jin's power. All of this comes to a head at The King of Iron Fist Tournament, Jin's one chance at confronting his father and grandfather to defeat them and redeem his soul. In real life, Jon Foo is a Wushu martial artist apart from acting.
  • Ian Anthony Dale as Kazuya Mishima: A powerful karate fighter, Kazuya is the son of Heihachi Mishima and the father of Jin Kazama. He possesses the power of the Devil Gene, which his son inherited.
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Heihachi Mishima: The chairman of the Mishima Corporation, that is being investigated of murder. He is the father of Kazuya and the grandfather of Jin Kazama. An experienced fighter himself, he announces The King of Iron Fist Tournament to crown the best fighter on Earth. However, Heihachi has his own plans for the tournament. Tagawa is known for playing another fighting game character, Shang Tsung, in the first Mortal Kombat film.
  • Kelly Overton as Christie Monteiro: A beautiful, versatile Brazilian Capoeira fighter and the protege of Eddy Gordo, whom Jin meets during the tournament and develops a bond with.
  • Luke Goss as Steve Fox: A talented boxer from England that was once one of the best fighters in the world but has passed his prime. He acts as Jin's mentor in the film. Goss was the first confirmed actor in the film, and explained that his character has "some fights out of the ring".[4]
  • Cung Le as Marshall Law: A Jeet Kune Do fighter. Le is a mixed martial artist, and his presence in the movie was confirmed in 2008 by Kung Fu Cinema.[5]
  • Gary Daniels as Bryan Fury: A former Interpol officer that competes in the tournament. Daniels is a former kickboxer himself, which is the same fighting style used by his character in the videogames.
  • Candice Hillebrand as Nina Williams: A cold-blooded assassin that works for the Mishimas.
  • Marian Zapico as Anna Williams: The sister and rival of Nina Williams.
  • Darrin Dewitt Henson as Raven: An international intelligence agent codenamed Raven who sides with Jin during the tournament. He's considered highly skilled and iron-hearted.
  • Nathan Jones as Craig Marduk: A professional Vale Tudo fighter. The character of Marduk was modeled after Jones, and fellow pro-wrestler Bill Goldberg, for the video games.
  • Lateef Crowder as Eddy Gordo: Like Christie Monteiro, Eddy is also a Brazilian Capoeira practitioner. Crowder was offered the role due to his real-life Capoeira skills and resemblance to Eddy. In the film, Eddy and Christie are not related in any way.
  • Tamlyn Tomita as Jun Kazama: Jin Kazama's beloved mother. After her assassination, Jin enters the tournament to avenge her.
  • Gary Ray Stearns as Yoshimitsu: A mystic, Samurai-esque armored swordsman. This version of Yoshimitsu is based on his Tekken 3 appearance.
  • Anton Kasabov as Sergei Dragunov: A member of SPETSNAZ, Dragunov is considered the very symbol of fear on the battlefield whose overwhelming fighting prowess has earned him the title "The White Angel of Death".
  • Roger Huerta as Miguel Caballero Rojo: A young Spanish brawler, and one of the Tekken contestants.
  • Mircea Monroe as Kara: An original character that is Jin's girlfriend at the beginning of the film.

Release

The film was screened at the Mann's Criterion Theatre in Santa Monica on November 5, 2009, as part of the AFM Film Festival in order to find a solid distributor.[6] The release of the movie is currently uncertain in America, although it is due to be released in Japan on March 20, 2010 [7], distributed by Warner Bros.[8] The film is to be released directly to DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on April 5, 2010.[9]

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