Friday, October 16, 2009
TEKKEN MOVIE 2009
This article is about the 2009 live action film. For the 1998 two-part OVA series, see Tekken: The Motion Picture.
Directed by Dwight H. Little
Produced by Steven Paul
Iddo Lampton Enochs
Written by Screenplay:
Alan B. McElory
Starring John Foo
Ian Anthony Dale
Distributed by Weinstein Company
Crystal Sky Pictures
Release date(s) November 2009
Country United States
Budget $35 million
Tekken is a 2009 live-action film, based on the popular fighting game series of the same name. The film follows Jin Kazama (John Foo) in his attempts to rid himself of the devil which plagues his soul. Now a man, he must confront his father, Kazuya Mishima (Ian Anthony Dale) and his grandfather, Heihachi Mishima (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). The film is being directed by Dwight H. Little and is set for a Fall 2009 release date to coincide with the home console release of Tekken 6 being released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation Portable on October 27, 2009
* John 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, John Foo is a Wushu master apart from acting. Originally, the director asked Ryan Merriman to take up the role of Jin but Merriman declined for unknown reasons.
* 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 Tekken 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 Brazilian Capoeira practitioner and student of Eddy Gordo.
* Luke Goss as Steve Fox: A talented boxer from England that was once one of the best fighters of the world, but had passed his prime. Goss was the first confirmed actor in the film, and explained that his character has "some fights out of the ring".
* 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 the end of 2008 by Kung Fu Cinema.
* 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 and mother of Steve Fox.
* Marian Zapico as Anna Williams: The sister and rival of Nina Williams.
* Darrin Dewitt Henson as Raven: An international intelligence agent considered highly skilled and iron-hearted, codename Raven.
* Nathan Jones as Craig Marduk: A professional Vale Tudo fighter. The character of Marduk was indeed modeled after Jones for the videogames.
* Lateef Crowder as Eddy Gordo: A Brazilian Capoeira practitioner and mentor of Christie Monteiro. Crowder was offered the role due to his real-life Capoeira skills and resemblance to Eddy.
* Tamlyn Tomita as Jun Kazama: Jin Kazama's mother. After her assassination, Jin enters the tournament to avenge her.
* Gary Ray Stearns as Yoshimitsu: A mystic, Ninja-esque armored swordsman.
* 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".
* Jae Hee as Hwoarang: A Korean Tae Kwon Do fighter. He is Jin Kazama's rival.
Other appearances includes:
Mircea Monroe as Kara
David Pitt as Jack
Louise Griffiths as Sapphire
Randal Reeder as Scared Fighter
Holly Marie Combs as Michelle Chang