Oh man so much is going down in MCU Phase 3, I cannot wait until May!
This trailer is phenomenal and I love the design of the web slinger’s suit.
Sure Tony calls Spidey in but I’m still #TeamCap all the way!
Civil War happens May 6, 2016!
It feels good to take some time to look back at your progress of where you came from so that you can feel your journey opening up as you move forward.
The comic book pages were a blast to do back in 2014-2015, and who knows I may just revisit the style again as we plow through 2016.
|Revenge wasn’t sweet at all for this movie.|
Budget: (Lower than Tekken (2010) )
Director: Wych Kaosayananda (Wych Kaos)
(Courtesy of IMDB)
Don’t you just love sequels? How about sequels that are prequels, and craft an original story that leaves you dumbfounded on where it fits in the canon?
Well that’s where Tekken 2 fits in and while there is nothing wrong with a stand-alone sequel, this one just like Godzilla 98 would serve better as a non-Tekken movie.
For little to nothing about this film had anything to do with the other, except the appearance of Tekken City, and the wall to the slums.
Like the box art describes the film deals with Kazuya’s backstory in the slums, and attempts to show him as a tragic figure who becomes an assassin. It opens with our hero laid out across a bed, awakening with no recollection of who he is an or why he is there.
|Get used to seeing this expression cause he carries it throughout the whole movie.|
They brought the whole “I’m an amnesiac/who am I?” story into this film, and it starts off with a bang, our hero is battling his way out of the hotel room similar to other action movie classics. He has a memory flash which causes him to pause in his momentum as a car comes and hits him with a beautiful woman stepping out to retrieve him, and take him to where a man called the Minister who attempts to recruit him in his cult of killers.
|It’s the Minister!|
|K and his Handler (Whose name I really forgot about during my viewing)|
I won’t sugercoat it for you but this movie is filled with forgettable, one-dimensional characters and our main hero is dubbed K has to go on fetch quests throughout the movie in stopping other criminals within the slums by the Minister’s command.
Why doesn’t he refuse the Minister? You might be thinking well… The minister put an
explosive into his chest…(yeah this movie feels pretty forced but don’t worry it gets worse).
While we follow K’s exploits along with his handler the female from before whom is responsible for sending him his assignments, we begin to see a familiar face eventually in
Bryan Fury once again portrayed by Gary Daniels.
He isn’t a cyborg yet, and honestly if you’re excited by Bryan Fury…don’t be, he doesn’t do much but just show up and go away. Everyone who is Tekken based in this“prequel” are just portraying them in name only anyways because Kazuya never needed to be in a memory-blank state to become the jackass he will be in the first Tekken movie (let alone the games). I guess it’s a way to show you that he wasn’t always a bad person but meh back to the review.
At the end of the asskicking spree, we find that the whole thing is a ploy created by his father Heihachi Mishima whom is played once again by Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa from the first Tekken film but looking very different from before.
|I guess he didn’t want to wear a darker version of the wig.|
|What he will become in the “future.”|
We leave the movie now with Heihachi giving us a go-nowhere speech about Tekken City with the sign of Tekken in the background and how Kazuya will come for him.
Damn if this one wasn’t a dud, if it wasn’t for the brilliant fight choreography I don’t think I could’ve made it through Act 1. It was slow uneven storytelling, and the acting/character arcs could’ve used more depth. I’ve found some background information that
explains some production history that states that this film was originally just a standalone
movie that had nothing to do with Tekken until the production company acquired
the rights to the live action Tekken franchise and did some minor tweaks
“No matter what, just make a full-filling movie because making minor tweaks and
presenting a hack-job like this with a gaming franchise label is disgraceful to
the fans, and degrading to movie lovers.”
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Movie Title: Tekken
Year Produced: 2009/2010 (released)
Budget: 30,000,000 (estimated)
Director: Dwight Little
Synopsis: 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.
(Information above is courtesy of IMDB).
This is where the movie gets good, Jin goes into the fray
gtting into a blood free for all against Law, and it is glorious the way the
direction and fighting mixes. Everything
about the battle just keeps me focused and wondering what’s going to happen
|Meet Steve Fox|
Once these traits are established we leave
the slums and venture into the vast Tekken City where we meet the leaders of
Tekken, Heihachi and his son, Kazuya.
2) Nina Williams
3) Sergei Dragunov (Unless you played Tekken 6, you won’t know him)
4) Eddy Gordo
5) Jin Kazama (You should all know him by now)
6) Bryan Fury
7) Anna Williams (She doesn’t do anything in the Tournament at all!)
8) Christie Monterio
9) Miguel Rojas (Unless you played Tekken 6, you don’t know him)
The second match has Jin fighting to prove his worth and
this time around earns the interest of Heihachi and the obsession of
Kazuya. Much later Jin begins to fall
into a mutual attraction with Christie, and ventures on a lovely evening with
her. Kazuya still bothered by the move
set and abilities of Jin begins to go on a private investigation about him and
begins to harbor intense hatred once he finds out the connection between them.
The Christie vs Nina match is a brutal follow up to the
assassination scene and I commend the direction with this battle. Christie wins and Steve gives the wounded Jin
a present for his damaged hands, and they are the iconic Iron Fist Tournament
gloves basically a symbol for the Tekken Franchise as a whole.
|This must be a Soul Calibur reference in disguise.|
Jin takes to using the gloves for the next
match against Yoshimitsu. Who is nowhere near his representation in the games
as a benevolent swordsman, he is another warrior who is promised money by
Kazuya if he kills Jin. In true
villainous fashion Kazuya’s desperation takes its toll and he begins to take it
upon his own hands to overthrow Heihachi. Heihachi was going to cancel the
Jin/Yoshimitsu fight and save it for the semi-finals but Kazuya plays his hand
at this point and the match resumes.
Once we’re back at the Jail cell where we were two scenes ago, Jin has a bitter
heart to heart with Kazuya. We find out
that the next Tekken battles will not be for honor but for death, and to make
sure Jin fights out his last matches.
Kazuya takes Christie Hostage which is interesting because I thought she
was a competitor but anyways Jin is a wreck at this point. In case anyone is concerned about Dragunov, he’s unfortunately used in the movie to show off Fury’s superior strength in a forced Worf Effect so he gets brutally killed by Bryan Fury to show that tournament is going in a darker direction. Fortunately for the movie’s plot and Jin’s direction, his next opponent is Bryan Fury.
That was it? Unfortunately it was the most underwealming fight in the entire film. Kazuya walks into the ring sporting two mini
axes to battle his son (Which never happens). He taunts and entices Jin to kill
him as he does in the games but Jin manages to use Kazuya’s arrogance against
him, and wounds him using one of the axes.
I was annoyed by how short this fight was and thought if they didn’t
waste time making the damn shootout scenes the movie could had enough runtime
for a better final battle. After all the
stuff, Kazuya did to torment Jin, He deserved a better beat down than what was
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Hello J360 Fans, I know this has been long overdue but I’ve managed to track down multiple copies of different live action video game adaptations to keep this feature going so this will be well worth the wait.
Today we’re going to take a look at the Tekken Series from Namco Bandai.
The year is 1995, the move from traditional 2D fighters to 3D was underway following a trend led by Virtua Fighter over at Sega. Namco decided to enter the fray with their Tekken series and it was revolutionary for its time for the movements were smooth for the characters and each button the player used could control each of the four limbs. As each installment landed at the arcades and home console, this series became a big money maker for Namco just like the Soul Series.
Another bonus for this series was if the mechanics and smooth gameplay didn’t interest gamers, the core story of the characters did.
Tekken follows the exploits of a corporation called the Mishima Zaibatsu and its leader, Heihachi Mishima. Heihachi hosts a tournament called The King of the Iron Fist which rewards a $1 Billion cash prize along with (depending on the game) ownership of the Zaibatsu itself.
Now while this sounds nice, Heihachi like most fighting bosses at the time is a smug snake who has a literal demon coming for him in the form of his estranged son, Kazuya. When Kazuya was a young boy, Heihachi believed him to be weak and unfit to inherit the company.
So like the spartans in 300, Heihachi threw young Kazuya into a ravine to see if he would be strong enough to climb back up.
The process worked in a bizarre sort of way for Kazuya was near death, full of rage, and sold his soul to the devil so that he would gain the strength to destroy his father. This tragedy gave an inverted look for the series because it trumps the cliched “flawed warrior vs his evil father” storyline. Kazuya became a monster and the tragedy expands far from the Mishima bloodline into the Kazama bloodline where it affects his young son Jin Kazama as the true tragic protagonist.
|Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima|
At least when Tekken 3 rolls around in the games storyline then it becomes more about Jin trying to cure himself of the devil gene, only to slowly repeat the sins of the father as Kazuya and Heihachi continue their own private war against one another.
While sad, this core story ties in other characters’ storylines and presents a grey morality that is (arguably) rivaled by the Soul Series and the Mortal Kombat Series.
Or no wait, I’m wrong because the Street Fighter series does a similar scenerio with Ryu and the Satsu No Hadu, Cammy’s “history” with Bison, and Akuma. We’ll touch on comparisons between the series at another time and we might use Street Fighter X Tekken in such a feature during a PowerPlay Episode.
Back to Tekken, once Jin is involved in the series you began to understand that he’s a man caught into pure turmoil because of his bloodline, and you’re immersed into his story to see if he’ll break the curse, if there is a cure because it is about how much of his innocence is retained through each installment while his father has long since went to a path he can never recover from. Heihachi never had the Devil Gene but he was always working behind the scenes in some way and it turns out that the Devil Gene from Tekken 5 was always there as his own Father, Jinpachi had it within him.
The Dysfunction doesn’t stop there either because things really start to shift with the introduction of Lars in Tekken 6, and it just keeps adding layers to a great storyline which I hope to see comes together in Tekken 7.
|Coming Eventually (:P)|
Now this is only an introduction/summary to the games storyline and to cover everything would take too many pages before I get to the movie review so let’s get to that starting with Tekken: The Movie (2010).
I will return with the movie review.
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