TEKKEN: KAZUYA’S REVENGE (TEKKEN: A Man Called X)
(director: Wych Kaos; screenwriters: Nicole Jones/Steven Paul: cinematographer: Wych Kaos; editors: Vance Null/Robert Ferretti; music: Misha Segal; cast: Kane Kosugi (Kazuya), Rade Serbedzija (The Minister), Kelly Wenham (Rhonda Anders), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Heihachi Mishima), Paige Lindquist (Aura), Gary Daniels (Bryan Fury), Sahajak Boonthanakrit (The Janitor), Charlotte Kirk (Schoolgirl Assassin); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Steve Paul/Pimol Srivikorni; Crystal Skies Pictures; 2014)
“It’s as bad as any videogame movie I’ve seen, as the plot is muddled, never explained and the acting is worse than bad.“
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
In 1994 Tekken was an arcade videogame from the Japanese company Namco. Players would compete against each other in martial arts tournaments. Thailand-born filmmaker Wych Kaos (“2 Guns: Zero Tolerance”) directs this martial arts film that’s written by Nicole Jones and Steven Paul. In a district outside Tekken City, a man with amnesia awakens in an apartment complex and escapes arrest from soldiers as he flees to the nearby shantytown.
He is captured and made a prisoner by the leader of an underground crime organization, called The Minister (Rade Serbedzija), and is given the name K (Kane Kosugi). He’s forced to train as an assassin, as an explosive is implanted in his chest to ensure he obeys. Becoming a great fighter enables The Minister to use him to assassinate supposedly bad people.
When K finds this is false, he fights back against his oppressors. It’s as bad as any videogame movie I’ve seen, as the plot is muddled, never explained and the acting is worse than bad.
REVIEWED ON 4/24/2018 GRADE: C https://dennisschwartzreviews.com/