Tekken 6 producer slams Tekken movie

Katsuhiro Harada distances himself from feature film adaptation, emphasizes that he had no supervision over "terrible" project.

Game players often bemoan seeing their favorite franchises turned into feature film failures, but it's not so common to hear the game makers themselves griping about such adaptations. That's not stopping Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada from weighing in on Crystal Sky Pictures' live-action Tekken film as it launches on Blu-ray and DVD in Japanese stores this week. When asked by a fan about a character's motivations in the film, Harada responded bluntly on his English-language Twitter feed.

One of these game-accurate costumes made a significantly more successful jump to live action.

"That Hollywood movie is terrible," Harada said. "We were not able to supervise that movie. (It was [a] cruel contract.)"

When another user called the film "a disaster" and implored Harada to prevent another such abuse of the franchise, the producer put his virtual foot down.

"Please don't ask me about that movie," Harada wrote. "We did not have the supervision right. I don't want [to] talk about that."

The Tekken film had been in the works since 2002, when production company Crystal Sky picked up the rights to it for a reported $60 million. After lying dormant for years, the project resurfaced in 2007, with director Dwight Little (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home) at the helm.

The film features a number of familiar faces, including Cary-Hiroyuki Takagawa (who played Shang Tsung in the original Mortal Kombat) and Lateef Crowder (who played Baraka in the recent Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short). It also stars Gary Daniel, who has no apparent connection to Mortal Kombat but did star as Kenshiro in the live-action film based on the similarly violent Fist of the North Star.

Inquiries to Crystal Sky about North American distribution plans for the film were not returned as of press time.

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RIKKKKO
RIKKKKO

taking in consideration the awful storyline in the games, the movie isn't bad at all. it could've been a lot worse if it had fallen into uwe boll's hands. also, compared to many other video game adaptations i even think the movie is alright.

Daisukeuchiha
Daisukeuchiha

Costumes where allright, witch is difficult for movie versions. So, they got 1 point for that, the rest, let's not even mention it.

Habast
Habast

Tekken 6 pretty much sucked, so this doesn't hold very much sway for me, not that I think the movie's going to be particularly amazing. The series has been going downhill since after the release of Tekken 4 (which was a great game). 5 was good too, but the quality had started to deteriorate. I returned Tekken 6 the day after I bought it.

mjBEAST
mjBEAST

the movie sucks. i seen it with my on eyes...i cried

zerobeo
zerobeo

the fighting looks fake

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Well, at leas they kept some of the costumes from the games, which is more than I can say for most live-action movies based on video games.

kishona
kishona

I just ate so I think I'll pass!!! :(

leeko_link
leeko_link

Well the movie doesn't look that bad although I can't say the same about the story but then again even the fighting games series themselve had bad stories too.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

The only reason anybody should watch this movie is if their drunk with friends and need a good movie to rip on for an hour and a half.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

TheMudora:"This movie was exactly like the game and people are STILL complaining. I think it is the gamers fault that videogame movies do so bad..." Either you didn't actually see the movie or never really played the game because other than some actors looking like the characters they were supposed to be portraying and the names of them, the movie and game have precious little to do with each other. Even characters had their history and relationship with each other drastically tampered with, further distancing itself from the source material. Bottom line is it was a bad movie...maybe not Legend of Chun Li or the second Mortal Kombat movie bad, but still pretty bad. I don't blame the Tekken series producer for wanting to distance himself from the movie but I can't feel too sorry for Namco. If they really cared about the project staying true to the game, Namco would've made sure they retained some creative control, maybe give up some of that sixty million to have more say in the movie. However, Namco decided money was more important than art, so for all of the producer's slamming of Hollywood, Namco did the Hollywood thing and sold out for the cash.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Honestly, if the movie is considered that bad by the Japanese market, why bring it to the States? Do a humane service to everyone and just let it stay where it's at please LOL.

Joe-McAlary
Joe-McAlary

They should have got the guy off Death Note & Batle Royale to play as Jin! Think his name is Tatsuya Fujiwara...

herviross_2
herviross_2

I actually thought the movie was decent, and better than most game-to-video adaptations. It obviously could have been better, but for what its worth, I enjoyed every second of the movie. I mean, it's not as bad as that 'other fighting game-movie' movie (Yeah, Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li, I'm looking at you!). I was disappointed by the overall look of the characters. Not a single one of them looked like a character from the Tekken series, apart from Raven I guess. Did you see Steve Fox? I had no idea that was Steve until one of the characters called out his name! The guy is almost bald for crying out loud! All in all, the movie was good, and exceeded my expectations. It wouldn't hurt anyone to rent it. After all, the movie is a little under an hour and a half. Oh, and Kelly Overton is smoking hot in the movie *blushes*

FusionRain
FusionRain

I'm still gonna watch it, it has to be better than Dragon Ball Evolution.

consigliere94
consigliere94

ugh... bad acting and stupid plot. i'd be better off playing the game itself.

frazzle00
frazzle00

It looks like the film it pretty faithful to the game. It's not as if Tekken has ever had much of a story anyway, and the Tekken anime was pretty poor as well.

Dan21278
Dan21278

Well anything is better than twilight.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Making a Tekken movie into a love story is like making Rape legal!!!! Sorry to all those offended, but that is how I feel damn it!!!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

@shimya LMAO!!!!! SOOOOOO TRUE!!!!!

white_wind
white_wind

I wanted another Tekken anime :(

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

a love story ? what's this ? Twilight ?

kyzack
kyzack

the movie sucks! :D

redneckdouglas
redneckdouglas

Kazuya/Jin should of been that japanese villain dude from Tokyo Drift.

SpedKnight
SpedKnight

i saw the movie...i thought it was fine...although i dont play the games so i dont know what they did wrong or wright.

shimya
shimya

the producer of free willy and anacodas! WHAT DO YOU EXPECT GOD DAMN IT!

FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

more movies based off of video games, wasnt the mario bros movie made to prevent this

TheMudora
TheMudora

Nice mathimatical equations, but none of them are correct. Who wants to see a movie that is exactly like the game? Do you think it is cheap making such elaborate cut-scenes? If you want the game, play the game. The produces try to do something new with familiar characters and everyone gripes. Tekken used familiar characters and put them in the ring together WHAT MORE IS THERE? This movie was exactly like the game and people are STILL complaining. I think it is the gamers fault that videogame movies do so bad...

absolut_gamerz
absolut_gamerz

yeah, Harada was really right. hollywood movies are terrible.

seanito1234
seanito1234

what!??!? that movie was REALLY GOOD!! all the characters looked identical, and tekken is basically MMA. its not hard to make an MMA movie. all they had to do is keep the story wich they pretty much did! this movie wasnt badd! i gave it a 4.5/5 stars!!

alexfunnypleb
alexfunnypleb

@Bad_Medicine i saw it on the internet it was not to bad

Bufta
Bufta

When are they gonna make PONG-The Movie...?

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

bound to be terrible - this sort of film always is :(

Bad_Medicine
Bad_Medicine

WTF!!! Was that the actor that played Shang Tsung in MK Movie? they A:WAYS use him for the bad guy or the 'end boss' lol

Bad_Medicine
Bad_Medicine

@alexfunnypleb where did you see it too?

thingta42
thingta42

Just wanted to say that Prince of Persia is how a Video game to movie should work. It's got a nice budget, and it made 120$ million in return, so it made a decent profit, but look how it started. Prince of Persia had a really slow start. And thats the problem, people are wary about video game movies. If Hollywood want them to work you have to give it all the right stuff, and not do a quick cash-in.

thingta42
thingta42

Wouldn't be supprised if the reason why Hollywood always messes up video game movies is because there Jelous that the video game industry is always comming up with great story lines, characters and IPs. So it makes Hollywood resourt to making crappy remakes and unwanted sequels. This is just a cold hearted fact that Video games never work in a Movie. Because off 1. Crappy director 2. Low budget 3. Noname Actors 4. Disregards the source (The game)

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

Hollywood should just stop trying to cover every aspect of the movie industry and focus on what they do best: Remaking the same product over and over and over.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Will be certain to inspire many, many drinking games.

xxZiggyxx
xxZiggyxx

this movie was crap but Kelly Overton is hot!!!!

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

I wouldn't want credit either...tsk tsk but it could be entertaining.

Miguel_Fight
Miguel_Fight

Is not the first time i see a movie game based motion picture! Unfortunatly, all those movie producers care about is money and that's why these movies lack so much perfeccionism. The wardrobe is usually a piece of crap, that look a like what cartoons ware. The fighting coreography is far from the original and the actors have no fighting/physicall skills to do them. Too bad because such a great saga like this ought receive a higher hollywood honor, but with a low budget like that they(movie producers) lack imagination to use it to hire real fighters(that wold be cheaper) for the movie scenes.

lostone519
lostone519

@Cian23 I just want to point out that PoP: Sands of Time made over 300 million dollars and is the highest grossing game to film adaptation. Seems like it did pretty good to me.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Will someone ever make a good videogame movie? The stories are awesome, how can they screw it up?

grungeman91
grungeman91

I agree with Harada, Because all video game movies have either sucked or bombed at the box-office.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Live- action Fist of the North Star movie was totally garbage. :evil:

ahnzz
ahnzz

live actions dont go too well especially adapted from manga, anime, or video game