Tekken Trailer Slaps Chun-Li's Little Film Around

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Now this is how you make a movie about a fighting game - by filming a futuristic fighting tournament. Set in the year 2039, the new Tekken movie looks like it will kick you in the brain implant.


We're still not 100% sold on fighting games turned into movies - what's the plot? But we have a small amount of hope for the Tekken film, especially since Luke Goss is in it, playing Steve Fox. Here's the official synopsis:

The year is 2039. World Wars have destroyed much of civilization as we know it. The remaining territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations, the mightiest of which is Tekken.

In order to keep the masses down, Tekken sponsors the Iron Fist Tournament in which fighters compete to the death for ultimate glory and receive a lifetime of stardom and wealth.


"What's the plot?"

The lesson that no-one seems to have learned from Bloodsport is that "fighting tournament" IS a plot category. Really, all you need is a ladder that features your protagonists against 5 or 6 fighters with crazy, exotic styles. Add a bit of shallow characterization and back-story, a friend and fellow-fighter who gets maimed by the current champion, and a barely-there love interest and you're off to the races.

Remember, the objective is NOT to tell a story based on the video game. The objective is to show a wicked fantasy tournament where everyone gets to show off the wildest moves they have (unlike real mixed tournaments, which generally devolve into what Penny-Arcade calls "sweaty dick-punching").

Great film? No. Helluva good time? Yes.