Hey doods and peeps, welcome to another episode of The G-Views. As you all may have guessed by now, aside from RPGs I’m also a fighting game fan. I don’t particularly have a favourite series rather I enjoy playing any that attract my interest. When it comes to video game movies in general, not just fighting game ones, they are infamous for being terrible adaptations that not only fail to follow the sources formula but their own interpretation of said movie rarely succeeds. Will the following VGM I review break the curse or will the curse continue to plague gamers worldwide? This is Tekken: Blood Vengeance.
Genre: Action, drama.
Running Time: 90 minutes.
G-Rating: 5/10 For Tekken elitists and 6/10 for casual viewers
When making a fighting game based movie who is the target audience in mind (or should be)? The answer is the fans of the game, or rather the hardcore fans. That being said, let’s talk about the Tekken movies.
The problem with the previous two movies was quite simple. I highly doubt the writers had the fans in mind when writing the first two movies: Tekken; The Motion Picture and the 2010 Live-Action movie. To sum both up in two words, they sucked. Now when a 3rd movie was announced to be in CG and follow the characters and be more true to their in-game personalities rather than fabricate some stereotypical traits for them, fans were psyched for this one with high hopes of it redeeming the past two atrocities…Unfortunately this movie did not live up to the hype AT ALL.
Now let me get this straight, this movie was made with the intention of introducing casual gamers new to Tekken to the franchise with a plot and newly introduced character who’s story is either non-canon or irrelevant to the series’ main storyline, and this movie was packaged with an HD rerelease of Tekken Tag Tournament 1 and a demo of TTT2, which should ALREADY give newcomers a pretty good idea of what to expect from the series…I fail to see the logic behind Blood Vengeance’s purpose.
I’m not done. For a movie based on a fighting game, do you want to know how many fights there are in this movie, excluding the final battle where the writers CLEARLY jumped the shark? 3: “Nina vs Anna”, “Xiaoyu vs Alisa”, “Jin vs Kazuya vs Heihachi in a triple threat match.” Now for a game franchise with over 40 characters, don’t you agree that isn’t enough? I will the movie credit; the fights were the best part of the whole thing, especially the over the top triple threat match.
Time for an intermission.
5 reasons why I like Alisa Bosconovitch:
#6 (Yup, she’s that awesome!): Super Mega Rocket Punch
Now on with the review.
If you REALLY wanted to make a CG Tekken movie, here are some suggestions that could have worked:
1: Make a Tekken movie showcasing as many of the 40 characters as possible in matches and if you want, follow the main storyline in tidbits if you wish.
2: You could have simply made a movie version of Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion’s Scenario Campaign and have Lars Alexanderson star alongside Alisa instead of Xiaoyu. I still don’t get why Xiaoyu’s the protagonist when, though a Grade-A ass kicker, her role in the T6’s storyline wasn’t all that important.
3: Tekken, like any fighting game with a tournament setting always has the same plot: A tournament is organized to gather the best fighters in the world, each with their own motives/back stories, to duke it out for a supposed grand prize while the organizer(s) of the tournament have more sinister motives for organizing it. That simple.
Oh and you might be wondering why I haven’t talked about the main plot yet? that’s because it’s not worth talking about. Trust me, see for yourself and you’ll notice how pointless it is. This is Tekken, not Astro Boy.
The animation: Besides the fight scenes the best part of the movie is the CG animation. I’m quite impressed at how well they captured the character models and how fluid they move around performing their trademark moves and stuff. I’m also glad they added Alisa’s trademark “special gift” move.
The music: Generic and forgettable. Don’t bother buying a soundtrack should one be released.
Ling Xiaoyu: Main Protagonist.
Alisa Bosconovitch: Main Protagonist.
These two are badass ass kickers and lethal weapons in the hands of pro players. Why they’re interpreted as “weak” in this movie is beyond me.
Shin Kamiya: Newcomer: And I thought “Awesome Truth” being used for nothing more than progressing the feud between John Cena and The Rock at Wrestlemania 29 was bad. Just wait till you see how completely useless this guy is. I’m not kidding. Why did this character need to exist?
Jin Kazama: Antagonist/Anti-Hero, debuts his new Devil Jin look he’ll be using in Tekken Tag 2. Who do you think you are, Zasalamel?
Nina and Anna Williams: Antagonists/Rivals. Their highlight is the fight in the movie’s intro. After that they have little purpose other than appear and bark stuff.
Kazuya Mishima: Antagonist, also debuts his new Devil Kazuya look he’ll be using in Tekken Tag 2.
Ganryu: Cameo, shortest in the movie.
Lee Chaolan: Doods. We know he’s flamboyant and he has a tendency to say “Excellent” in his endings but did you HAVE to milk it for all it’s worth? And since when was he a face?
Heihachi Mishima: Antagonist
In conclusion: This movie appears to be someone else’s vision of Tekken and not Katsuhiro Harada’s. Fans will obviously scoff at this disappointment of a film but perhaps casual fans will be more forgiving. I’m begrudgingly siding with the fanboys on this one. Typing that left me bitter. C’mon Japan, Hollywood’s the one that’s supposed to bastardize beloved video game franchises not you. Not a horrible movie per se, just disappointing.
P.S.: No Kuma in sight and Panda doesn’t get to show off ANY of her Mishima style animal combat skills?! Are you serious dood!?
P.P.S: Shin is a one shot character we’ll never see again (Highly unlikely he’ll be Tekken Tag 2.) so what was the point of having him in a shower scene? I don’t know how many female Tekken fans there out there but I doubt the amount is large enough to warrant such a scene. Oh and no, a Xiaoyu shower scene from far away with her later walking around in a towel and snuggling with Alisa does not compensate for that unnecessary scene early on.