Tekken movie hits US next year

Anchor Bay Entertainment picks up rights to distribute live-action adaptation of Namco Bandai fighter in Australia and New Zealand as well.

Last month, Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada publicly distanced himself from the live-action feature film based on Namco's fighting franchise, calling it "terrible" on Twitter and saying he didn't want to talk about it. That endorsement aside, Anchor Bay Films today announced that it has acquired the distribution rights to release the film in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

The film "will be released widely in the United States" next year, with Anchor Bay planning both theatrical and home video launches. No time frame was announced for Australia and New Zealand.

The Tekken movie centers around the game's devil-ishly doomed protagonist Jin.

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.

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181 comments
Boozer11
Boozer11

You can't make a movie out of Tekken. There's so many games they could have chosen with more substantial plots.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@Sir_Demii I meant that the movie industry should be creative in developing their own new film stories, instead of nabbing them from the games industry. But yeah, I deffo agree with you. If they are going to make a film of a game, then they should just stick with the original story instead of mucking around with it.

Sir_Demii
Sir_Demii

@kavadias1981 Using their creative side is exactly where gamebased movies always go wrong. They SHOULD just make a replicate of the game. They END UP doing their own thing, which just never turns out to be what the fans were waiting for.

ssk187
ssk187

I watched it last night and I liked it. The action sequences are okay with not so much cut away that it messes up the fight scene's. I'm not too familiar with Tekken being that I like DOA more, but just watching the movie it wasn't that bad.

wildmercy
wildmercy

another fail of game to movie! smh = shaking my head !

Link_Destined_1
Link_Destined_1

And Hollywood still hasn't figured that movies based on video games generally don't work WHY?

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

This is going to be so l o l fail.

DrKill09
DrKill09

It's official, this movie already sucks. NO KING! He's my favorite character!

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

Better than the Dead or Alive movie and Legend of Chun Lee movie but still pretty lame.

MehakFida
MehakFida

I don't really know what was Dwight Little thinking when he made this movie. The whole story is changed and every character was 'Out-Of-Character'! Good thing Mr. Katsuhiro Harada distanced himself from this live-action adaptaion. The kind of thing expected from the Tekken Director. Disappointing movie being a Tekken fan.

Evil_Mr_Jingles
Evil_Mr_Jingles

The director has made some decent stuff before like Steven Seagal's Marked for Death, but also directed crap like the FMV from the video-game Ground Zero Texas, guess his best days are behind him.

Pyroleon15
Pyroleon15

For every Tekken Fan, I advice not to watch it... Coz trust me, it will be a major disappointment for everyone.. For those who have watched it, you know what I'm talking about.. They basically degraded every character in the whole Tekken franchise by making this movie... Plus they gave every character major limitations to what they can do... ^_^

akiwak
akiwak

I'll eventually watch this film when it is in the bargain bin.......

ActionHero29
ActionHero29

this is only gonna make about 15 million in theaters. looks decent

KZombie
KZombie

Oh gooood, my eeeeeys.....

nice2400
nice2400

if the DBE movie got zero stars than tekkan only got 1 star

nice2400
nice2400

seen it already n this movie suck @$$ to put it clearly its only 1 star above Dragonball evolution

prideofNY
prideofNY

how hard can it possibly be to play a game and make a movie with the same storyline.

bormerc
bormerc

no King in this movie... worthless!!!

JayLani90
JayLani90

i feel otanikun jin looks like a punk

otanikun
otanikun

Another abomination that should have never seen the light of day, enough of these movies please, they're just...just awful :\

Barry_Okanagan
Barry_Okanagan

Wow...When the only 2 movies you've made are Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, I guess you can say your career is a total #FAIL...

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@cuchikapoor Did you play Tekken games at all..If did you would know Jin is Kazuya's son.

j0abell
j0abell

What happened to martial arts movies that were all fight scenes and minimal story? Nowadays they're 95% terrible story, 5% lame little fights. They could do so much more with CGI and a good fight choreographer, but no, they'd rather waste the IP on awful storytelling. Even the costume design is bad in this one.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

well........it cant be worse then the Dead or alive movie and i dont think any film will ever possibly be able to be worse then the legend of chun-li

cuchikapoor
cuchikapoor

watched it online , hated it Jin is Kazuya's son Christie Monterio is Jin's girlfriend Jack's are men in black suits YUCK

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

meh. lol :D pffft. mwhahaha.. hack. ac. silent........(dead by shock)

StArDr1fTeR
StArDr1fTeR

My favorite fighting game.... WWWHHHYYYY???!!!! I'm going to pretend I never saw this. All is good and right in the world.

anant_sagar
anant_sagar

If your a fan, your going to hate it. The storyline is messed up, the characters are in the wrong place at the wrong time. The entire timeline is mixed up. Watch it only to mock it!

richman123
richman123

already seen it...awful movie...brings shame to the game franchise :(

luc11044
luc11044

Why bother releasing this garbage?

flamesun
flamesun

they never get some one brolic to be a brolic guy

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Oh dear god no.....just no. Why couldn't this 'thing' just crawl somewhere and die?? Why do WE gotta get subjected to being tortured w/ this? Please oh please, just let it go quickly to DVD then vanish forever....:|

mellow09
mellow09

Not a good movie for fans. Passable for a mindless action movie, which is pretty sad. And yet, it's still better than the live action DOA.

laptop12
laptop12

i have watched a lot of action movie so somethime i can guess through the trailer if the movie is bad or not, and the tekken trailer, i've comment right away that this is a cheap horrible movie, then some dude replied me with a voice nah you troll, dont judge a movie just because the trailer... and for real its actually a really bad movie ...

Mr_Manikin52
Mr_Manikin52

Darrin Henson of "Darrin's Dance Grooves"! Oh...

wargraymon
wargraymon

what this movie needs is a scene like in the KoF movie when Vice and Mature start making out

wargraymon
wargraymon

whatever happened to samo hungs soulcaliber?

wargraymon
wargraymon

lol gary daniel, i saw fist live and wow, i though mk 2 was aweful. gonna add this movie to my collection right behind doa, kof, sf, and sf chun li

karmasbeeoch
karmasbeeoch

the movie is an abomination. Stay far away!

scuffpuppy
scuffpuppy

Saw it a few weeks ago.....terrible, terrible, terrible movie. People avoid at ALL costs.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

So his credentials are....Free Willy 2 and Anacondas 2? Christ...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Yo, movie industry, Try making some original movies instead of sponging of the games industry. Its called using your creative talent... oh wait.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

"...with director Dwight Little (Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home) at the helm." lol, nuff said.