At first glance the movie looks great. Tekken was supervised by Youchi Mori, who is known for Appleseed, and the screenplay was written by Dai Sato, who has worked on projects like Cowboy Bebop; Sato is also a fan of the Tekken series. Based on these two people alone, I would say so far there is a good foundation for the movie to be a success. If you also take into account the voice actors such as Kyle Hebert, who plays Kazuya Mishima, he is also best known for the character Ryu from Street Fighter. Kyle has also worked on several anime titles like Gurren Lagann and Dragon Ball Z Kai. Cristina Valenzuela also lends her voice talents as Alisa Bosconovitch, and while Cristina is not new to the voice acting world, she played the role of Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue. She has also played her part in the anime world by working on such titles as Blade of the Immortal and K-On! . With this line up I would say I expected the movie to be amazing. The voice acting for the most part was on point but it did have its cheesy one liners and some almost painful moments.
Unfortunately, I was not too impressed with it. The story was odd and to say the least, it felt more anime like than a movie and it didn’t relate to the main story of the franchise. Hehachi was a principal and Ganryu was a gym teacher and some of the characters felt out of their element, including Shin, who was immortal but then somehow died followed by an awkward yelling of “NOOO”. There was also this weird spirit thing that was made up of Mokujin (a playable character in the series). There was even a scene where “someone” died but was “revived” by tears. If you were to remove the entire Tekken cast and replace them with new characters the plot would still work. The inclusion of the Tekken characters did not make much of a difference.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of the Tekken series and I went in with high hopes. The fight scenes were fantastic and incorporated some of the actual moves that are in the game. They did not skimp on the graphics and the level of detail was amazing. I watched it in “Real 3D” and it looked like this is the way 3D movies should be done. If you’re going to see it, I would definitely recommend you see it in 3D because it is highly worth it. Be prepared to have some laughs with it, after all the movie does have its comic relief characters like Lee. My favorite character in the movie would be Panda because he (she/it?) was cute and funny with his almost human characteristics and ways of communicating. It is worth seeing at least once and I will more than likely add it to my collection when it is released on DVD and Blu-ray. If you feel like waiting for it, by all means do so, the release is scheduled for later this year around November. If you’ve seen it, let me know your opinion down below.