ASIAN FILM - Review
15:00 - 19th December 2015, by NEO Staff

Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge

A sort-of prequel to the 2009 movie starring John Foo, Tekken 2: Kazuya’s Revenge follows the story of a man (Kane Kosugi) who, suffering from amnesia and held captive by a mysterious criminal organisation, is forced to use his lethal fighting skills to carry out assassinations throughout Tekken city. If that doesn’t sound anything like the Tekken games that you know and love, well that’s because, unfortunately, it isn’t.

There’s nothing wrong with shaking things up second time around, but even aside from this undercooked and clichéd plot set-up, it’s hard to see what exactly Tekken fans were supposed to love here. There are only three actual Tekken characters in the whole movie, and the iconic Iron Fist tournament is left out entirely. Instead, the action takes place in various stereotypical fight scene locations (Strip club? Check), with uninspired camerawork and unambitious choreography making what should be the film’s most exciting moments feel tired and run-of-the-mill. What little plot there is resolves itself in a twist so predictable they literally give it away on the packaging.

When it comes to video game movie adaptations, quality can vary. What some adaptations get right, however, is their respect for and understanding of the source material. Unfortunately, Tekken 2 isn’t one of those movies. Instead, it’s just a sub-par action movie script with a couple of Tekken characters shoehorned in, as if they hoped nobody would notice.

If you’re looking for a half decent Tekken live action movie, stick with the original. Avoid this like the plague.
SCORE: 1/5
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