Tekken Adaptations 💥 Release Dates, Cast, Plots, Reviews, Opinions

Tekken Movies

Tekken is a fighting game series, which is developed and published by Namco. Officially, the name Tekken should be written in capital letters (TEKKEN, or TK).

 

The series was initially introduced to arcades, but it found its way into consoles through sequels and spin-off titles. Each Tekken character has its own unique story, but the series focuses on the Mishima family’s saga.

 

  • Tekken (1994)
 
  • Tekken 2 (1995)
 
  • Tekken 3 (1997)
 
  • Tekken Tag Tournament (1999)
 
  • Tekken Card Challenge (1999)
 
  • Tekken 4 (2001)
 
  • Tekken Advance (2001)
 
  • Tekken 5 (2004)
 
  • Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection (2005)
 
  • Death by Degrees (2005)
 
  • Tekken 6 (2007)
 
  • Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion (2008)
 
  • Tekken Resolute (2010)
 
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (2011)
 
  • Tekken Hybrid (2011)
 
  • Tekken 3D: Prime Edition (2011)
 
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unlimited (2012)
 
  • Tekken Card Tournament (2013)
 
  • Tekken Revolution (2013)
 
  • Tekken Arena (2013)
 
  • Tekken 7 (2015)
 
  • Galaga: TEKKEN Edition (2015)
 
  • Tekken 7: Fated Retribution (2016)
 
  • Tekken (Mobile) (2018)
 
  • Tekken X Street Fighter (TBA)
 

In the Tekken series, you’ll use four different buttons, each of which controls one limb of your character. You’ll also be able to autoblock and throw escape.

 

The Tekken series is widely known as the best fighting game franchise and is the best-selling fighting game series in history. For the same reason, several animated and live-action films have been adapted for it.

 

 

 

Everything About Tekken: The Motion Picture (1999)

Tekken (1999) the motion picture poster
Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment and Studio Deen

 

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

 

Tekken: The Motion Picture is the anime adaptation of the Tekken series. It was produced by Sony Music Entertainment Japan and ASCII Corporation, and animated by Studio Deen.

 

The movie was initially released in the Japanese market in 1998 as a two-episode OVA. The first episode was released on January 21, 1998 and the second one was released a month later. The Western market received a full-length feature.

 

Tekken: The Motion Picture (1999) Trailer

 

 

The film received mixed reviews, seen by many as a failed try to compete against Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.

 

 

Cast and Characters

 

  • Kazuya Mishima (Japanese: Kazuhiro Yamaji / English: Adam Dudley)
 
  • Heihachi Mishima (Japanese:Daisuke Gōri / English: John Paul Shepard)
 
  • Jun Kazama (Japanese: Yumi Tōma / English:Edi Patterson)
 
  • Lei Wulong (Japanese: Akio Nakamura / English: Gray Haddock)
 
  • Lee Chaolan (Japanese: Shin-ichiro Miki / English: David Stokey)
 
  • Nina Williams (Japanese: Minami Takayama / English: Ellie McBride)
 
  • Anna Williams (Japanese: Kaori Yamagata / English: Claire Hamilton)
 
  • Young Jun (Japanese: Eri Sendai / English: Lucy Farris)
 
  • Young Kazuya (Japanese: Minami Takayama / English: Jacob Franchek)
 
  • Michelle Chang (Japanese: Narumi Hidaka / English: Jessica Robertson)
 
  • Jack-2 (Japanese: Akio Ōtsuka / English: Mark O’Brien)
 
  • Dr. Bosconovitch (Japanese: Tamio Ōki / English: Ken Webster)
 
  • Bruce Irvin (Japanese: Seiji Sasaki / English: Peter Harrell Jr.)
 
  • Jin Kazama (Japanese: Minami Takayama / English: Jacob Franchek)
 
  • Baek Doo San (Japanese: Kyousei Tsukui / English: Lowell B. Bartholomee)
 
  • Ganryu (Japanese: Takashi Nagasako / English: Lowell B. Bartholomee)
 

 

 

Plot/Synopsis

 

The plot revolves around Kazuya Mishima’s thirst for revenge, after his father, Heihachi Mishima, threw him off a cliff when he was still a child. Heihachi has an obsession to kill the devil, explaining his actions against his son.

 

While no one has seen Kazuya since he was thrown off the cliff, Heihachi announces a tournament that Kazuya attends, attempting to kill his father. But, his vengeance is consistently stopped by Jun Kazama, a girl who was present when Heihachi threw Kazuya off the cliff.

 

 

Review and Opinions

 

The picture of the film is average, but it’s different from the actual games. There are almost no battles in the movie, and the visual effects are below par. 

 

The story revolves around the first two games. But, the plot itself is really cliche. And the ending has no immediate correlation to the games.

 

Marc Bernardin of Entertainment Weekly: “a punch-drunk, derivative Saturday-morning cartoon” that “saps every atom of magic from its source”.

 

Animeworld:  “it does all the right things to try and be more than just action. Unfortunately, it is also sloppy and silly enough that it ends up being a failure from my standpoint, and unlikely any better for a fan of the game”.

 

 

 

Everything About Tekken (2010) Live Action Movie

Tekken (2010) Movie Poster
Source: Crystal Sky Pictures

 

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

 

Tekken (2010) is a live action movie that was released in Japan, in March 2010. While not a sequel to the film we mentioned above, it’s set later than that. The movie was later released in the UK in April 2010, and in the US in 2011.

 

Tekken (2010) Trailer

 

The movie has been heavily criticized by the fans of the video games, as the story isn’t canon and the characters look nothing like the originals. The film has received an average score of 2.68/10 on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

 

Cast and Characters

 

  • Jin Kazama (Jon Foo)
 
  • Young Jin Kazama (Jason Del Rosario)
 
  • Jin Kazama (age 6) (Dallas James Liu)
 
  • Jun Kazama (Tamlyn Tomita)
 
  • Christie Monteiro (Kelly Overton)
 
  • Heihachi Mishima (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa)
 
  • Kazuya Mishima (Ian Anthony Dale)
 
  • Marshall Law (Cung Le)
 
  • Raven (Darrin Dewitt Henson)
 
  • Steve Fox (Luke Goss)
 
  • Nina Williams (Candice Hillebrand)
 
  • Anna Williams (Marian Zapico)
 
  • Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels)
 
  • Yoshimitsu (Gary Stearns)
 
  • Miguel Rojo (Roger Huerta)
 
  • Eddy Gordo (Lateef Crowder)
 
  • Sergei Dragunov (Anton Kasabov)
 
  • Kara (Mircea Monroe)
 
  • Bonner (John Pyper Ferguson)
 
  • Denslow (Kiko Ellsworth)
 
  • Hansu (Blake Shields)
 
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

 

The movie is set in 2039. A series of World Wars has passed, leading to the division of the world into 8 territories. Tekken Corporation has gained control over the USA. The CEO of Tekken, Heihachi Mishima host a martial arts tournament as entertainment.

 

The film’s protagonist, Jin Kazama, witnesses the death of his mother, Jun Kazama, after their house is blown up. Vowing to get revenge on whoever ordered the death of his mother, Jin takes part in the King of Iron Fist Tournament. But, this will end up being a much more difficult feat than he expected.

 

 

Review and Opinions

 

Most of the movie’s writing was bad and not canon. Most of the actors weren’t great, but they were professional martial artists. The fighting was ok but repetitive.

 

The film manages to create a crossover between Tekken and the Hunger Games, which might be fun for those who haven’t played the games, but it’s not even close to the source material.

 

Nick Chester of Destructoid: “Not great, but ‘terrible’ is a stretch,” saying that it “does a decent job of trying to stay true to the look and feel of the [games]” and that “the fight scenes weren’t bad.”

 

Brian Orndorf of DVD Talk: “Tekken is a failure on many levels, but 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.”

 

 

 

Everything About Tekken: Blood Vengeance (2011)

Tekken Blood Vengeance (2011) Movie Poster
Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment and Digital Frontier

 

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

 

Tekken: Blood Vengeance was released in the summer of 2011 across the world (July 26 in North America, July 27 in Australia and September 3 in Japan).

 

The film was produced by Digital Frontier and directed by Yōichi Mōri. 

 

Tekken: Blood Vengeance (2011) Trailer

 

The movie received a mixed reception. Fans of the games had an average response to the movie, with some even liking it. Tekken: Blood Vengeance received numerous awards in Japan.

 

 

Cast and Characters

 

  • Ling Xiaoyu (Japanese: Maaya Sakamoto / English: Carrie Keranen)
 
  • Alisa Bosconovitch (Japanese: Yuki Matsuoka / English: Cristina Vee)
 
  • Shin Kamiya (Japanese: Mamoru Miyano / English:David Vincent)
 
  • Heihachi Mishima (Japanese: Unshō Ishizuka / English: Taylor Henry)
 
  • Kazuya Mishima (Japanese: Masanori Shinohara / English: Kyle Hebert)
 
  • Jin Kazama (Japanese: Isshin Chiba / English: Darren Daniels)
 
  • Nina Williams (Japanese: Atsuko Tanaka / English: Charlotte Bell)
 
  • Anna Williams (Japanese: Akeno Watanabe / English:Tara Platt)
 
  • Lee Chaolan (Japanese: Ryōtarō Okiayu / English: Kaiji Tang)
 
  • Ganryu (Japanese: Hidenari Ugaki / English: George C. Cole)
 
  • Mokujin (Japanese: Keiko Nemoto / English: Charlotte Bell)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

 

The movie takes place between the events of Tekken 5 and Tekken 6. Ling Xiaoyu is a high school student and an experienced martial artist. She’s given the task to invade a school in Kyoto to find out information about Shin Kamiya, by the G Corporation.

 

Before Ling makes any progress, Shin is abducted by an unknown attacker. As she digs deeper into Shin’s case, Ling finds out about Jin Kazama, Kazuya, and Heihachi Mishima’s plot.

 

 

Review and Opinions

 

The voice acting in the film is below par. Either the actors had no directions, or they didn’t understand who they were portraying.

 

The movie fails to explain some key details as well, leaving viewers wondering if they have missed anything. The animations are also nowhere near the quality they should have been.

 

Tekken: Blood Vengeance can be considered as a 1.5-hour long cutscene.

 

Steven Hooper of IGN: “The film’s story isn’t great — as you might expect, and there are some really dull periods and pacing issues. It is a lot better than the dismal live-action Tekken film from 2010, and boasts some pretty cool fight scenes.”

 

Matt Edwards of Eurogamer: “At around 92 minutes long, it’s a fairly inoffensive romp that shows off some impressive effects and crazy fight scenes with a surprisingly limited selection of Tekken characters.”

 

 

 

Everything About Tekken: Kazuya’s Revenge (2014)

Tekken 2 Kazuya’s Revenge (2014) movie poster
Source: Crystal Sky Pictures

 

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

 

Tekken: Kazuya’s Revenge is directed by Wych Kaos, and was released on August 12, 2014. Despite being a prequel to the 1999 movie, the title Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge was used many times during its promotion.

 

Tekken: Kazuya’s Revenge (2014) Trailer

 

 

Cast and Characters

 

  • Kane Kosugi (Kazuya “K” Mishima)
 
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Heihachi Mishima)
 
  • Gary Daniels (Bryan Fury)
 
  • Rade Šerbedžija (The Minister)
 
  • Kelly Wenham (Rhona Anders)
 
  • Paige Lindquist (Laura)
 
  • Charlotte Kirk (Chloe the Schoolgirl Assassin)
 
  • Biljana Misic (Natashia the Serbian Assassin)
 
  • Sahajak Boonthanakit (The Janitor)
 
  • Ron Smoorenburg (Thorn)
 
  • Russell Geoffrey Banks (Jimmy the Thief)
 
  • Eoin O’Brien (Ezra)
 
  • Brahim Achabbakhe (Rip)
 
  • Abishek J. Bajaj (The Apartment Manager)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

 

The movie focuses on Kazuya Mishima’s upbringing and backstory as a child. 

 

The film starts with Kazuya Mishima alone in a hotel room, with no memory of how he is there or who he is. He’s tortured by memory flashes and the face of a menacing stranger.

 

Minutes later, Kazuya gets abducted by an underground faction and turns into a merciless killer. While on a mission to assassinate Brian Fury, Kazuya finds out that he Brian might know some things about his past.

 

Alongside a female assassin and Fury, Kazuya finds the lab that has been present in his nightmares. It’s there where he confronts the man that has been torturing his memories, Heihachi Mishima, his own father.

 

 

Review and Opinions

 

The original Tekken movie couldn’t attract a great audience, which possibly made the producers of Tekken 2 wish that fans would skip their film. The movie is bad. Everything feels like it was just put in there without any care. 

 

The fighting scenes are below par, and the performers are visibly untrained. The film feels really low-budget.

 

Manly Movie: “”It’s like the producers and writers have no idea who these characters are, and had no intention of giving a crap, but were advised that certain actors were free for a cameo – use them.”

 

Mrs. Giggles: “Most of the people hired to act in this movie seem to be laboring under the delusion that they are playing trees in the background or something because they are wooden beyond belief.”