Film Score: ⭐
Released by Anchor Bay
Release Date: July 19th, 2011
Starring: Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Written by Alan B. McElroy
Directed by Dwight H. Little
Rated R (violence and brutal fighting throughout, and for some sexual content)
The movie gets the names right. Some of our favorite characters such as Yoshimistu and Bryan Fury are present, but they are given almost nothing to do. In fact, Yoshimitsu has exactly one scene, where he fights our hero Jin. We think that he is killed, but they say later that it was a ruse. Does he make a comeback at the end of the movie to help our hero? Nope. He is forgotten about after they tell us he is still alive. Why would the filmmakers do this? Yoshimitsu is one of the most beloved characters in the game and he is written off after a very unspectacular fight.
The movie takes place in the future, which I don't think the games did. The future here looks like a mix of the Mario Brothers live action movie and that movie Cyborg with Van Damme. The first part of the movie takes place in one of those futuristic shanty towns. You know, the ones where the lead character has to steal something that is futuristic, in this case some type of hard drive, to get something that humanity has forgotten about, in this case an orange and coffee.
The main attraction of a movie like this are the fight scenes. Its really too bad that none of the fight scenes last for more than two minutes and are so over directed that we barely can tell what is going on. Instead of being fast paced and exciting, the fight scenes fall victim to the age old American way of showing a fight scene: Slow and with very few punches or kicks thrown.
One final note: How come American filmmakers can not make a good martial arts movie? I know that there are exceptions to this, but by and large Americans are horrible at making martial arts movies. Is it because martial arts are not our invention? You would think that after all of the kick ass martial arts movies that Americans would stop being trapped by these phony martial arts movies. You talk to any fan and they will list Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan or Jet Li movies as the best, and yet we are still given shit like Tekken and all of the direct to video titles that appear every month.