Tekken: aka GADDAMN YOU Bullshido
This isn't going to be a straight forward review of the movie, nor the game, which admittedly, I don't know much about. This will be a rambling and shambling stream-of-consciousness purging of all things in relation to my now jaundiced manner of watching the kung-fu movies I so love.
The trailer is in Japanese cuz I had trouble finding it in English, so just deal with it.
As I have stated previously, I loves me some fightin' movies. We all do, which is how must of us closeted and not so-closeted geeky dorks stumbled our deadly-having fantasy asses to the dojo in the first place.
Depending on your era, you wanted to be Sonny Chiba or Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris or Jet Li or Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa (or in It Is Fake's case, all Five Deadly Venoms especially Lu Feng and Lo Meng).
The only think I like better than fightin' movies is fightin' movies about a fightin' tournament....cuz it's like LOTS more fightin'. You don't just get to see one type O' fightin', aw hell no. You get like LOTS O' types of fightin'. It's like the combo platter or FIGHTIN', you get the FIGHTIN' from each column.
Bloodsport. The Quest. Mortal Kombat. DOA: Dead of Alive. Well, DOA had tons of scantily clad hot chicks fightin' and I can appreciate that in any art form, but you dorks get the point, it appeals to the style-vs-style argument which finds its way onto Bullshido almost daily.
Anyhow, this rant is about how, since finding the Bullshido, I can no longer enjoy my fightin' movies in the same manner as previously. And lucky for you fuckers, I chose Tekken. Why are you lucky? Cuz.
I am an idiot so I imported this blu-ray from Japan a few months ago and watched it and thought it was pretty good, not great by any stretch, but not overly horrible. It's a good time waster while eating after training. I decided to watch it again the other night, which spurred my rant.
I never played the video game. Well, I probably did, I just don't really remember it too much. Not like that old Karate Champ game that JCVD PWNZ Ogre with in Bloodsport. I recall Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, but not so much with Tekken.
I came across the movie through my normal OCD-type searches. Looking for stuff done by dudes that I liked their **** from other things. Like in Tom Yum Goon/Warrior King/The Protector. I liked Lateef Crowder and will do IMDB searches and that's how I came up with Tekken. I call it the "That Dude That Played That Dude In..." syndrome.
Anyhow, the premise is basic: Fightin' Tournament. The subplot is fucking useless and meaningless and stilted and forced and is merely an excuse for fucking Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa to wear a retarded wig and **** and for the producers to include that Sick Puppies song....but I am digressing. This rant is about FIGHTIN' MOVIES.
Each corporation sends a fighter to this tournament, but the star JIN THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP gets there by defeating Cung Le
who, of course, kicks ass and should have never lost to the "Wushu dude from Tom Yum Goong"...but, as I will discuss, realism isn't a factor. Casting Cung and Gary Daniels and Lateef Crowder were strokes of genius and much of the other **** were the results of a stroke.
The fighters, of course, all have different styles, which is what leads me to this rant:
why the **** spend the time establishing all these fighters have "unique" styles only to have them all go out and essentially do TKD?
Granted, there is a couple of armbars here and there, mostly from JIN THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP! but not from the people who should be doing them.
Gary Daniels as Bryan Fury, POWAH Boxer and Ke?po. Lots of POWAH boxing, not much Ke?po...which is OK, cuz the POWAH boxing looked good and, well he's like cybernetic and **** and you pretty much know what you are getting when you cast Gary Daniels.
I kinda like that Daniels is getting a second wind on his career after pretty much doing D-list work for years.
We got Eddie Gordo, the Capoeira guy played by Lateef Crowder, who is destined to always be "the Capoeira guy" in any movie that needs "a Capoeira guy" cuz he makes Capoeira look. Unless he gets that gig in the new Mortal Kombat movie as Baracka
Then...it starts getting silly.
First, here is the Capoeira guy fighting Raven, their ninja. Yes, that is a ninja. Their sunglassed, neon spandex clad ninja, whom I affectionately deem Lord Asia. When I think ninja, I think superfat or superskinny or Rain in Ninja Assassin. THIS ISN'T A NINJA. THIS is Dennis Rodman in that JCVD movie Double Team.
You got a Cambo/Sambo/Sombo Fighter who ain't doin' Sombo. Not one foot fondle, unless you count him throwin' out some 360s. When I think of Sam/Cam/Sombo, I think theotherserge and Sambo Steve tickling one another tootsies, not a Russian Military Uniform wearing Hwang Jang Lee clone. Damn. And also another excuse to post a hawtchix.
You got two female assassins, trained in the deadly art of Aikido.
again, they are scantily clad hot chicks and I can appreciate that, however when I think Aikido, I think Dave Humm and this hot chick/Dave Humm paradox severely confuses me. If every Aikido bunny looked like either or both of those two, Imma be doin' a whole mess O' wrist grabbin'.
Which brings us finally to the super-hawt Christie Monteiro. The "mixed martial artist, trained by her grandfather" whom is first introduced to us while she is doing her bagua forms. Yes. Bagua forms. Granted, she does walk around in low-cut, tight and short outfits with cutaways showing her asscrack
AND I CAN APPRECIATE THIS....however, why is she essentially doing TKD, the same as the Cam/Sam/Sombo fighter, the ninja, the Aikido assassin twins, etc? She fought the Aikido chick and there wasn't any MMA or Aikido there. Just hawtchix doing TKD the way the Good Lord Intended Them To Be Doin'. HALLELUJAH PRAISE THE SPANDEX AND PASS THE KLEENEX.
Again, I digress.
Anyhow, this is just a capsulized version of how this website has affected my suspension of disbelief when watching these types of films. The more educated we become about what is "real" and "plausible" and "how things should look", sometimes the less entertaining fantasy becomes and the more entertaining reality becomes.
I can still *enjoy* the films, but find myself saying:
"I guess if it ain't flashy, they gotta find a way to make it flashy"
Haven't seen it yet (if ever), but based on the given shots:
The blonde Aikido Assassin in the purple outfit... That's not ironically scantily clad anymore, that's straight up RedLight District Uniform.
Outrageous (fap fap fap)
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Oh, I'm sorry did you just say the People's Champ? That doesn't look like the People's Champ to me. Proper casting could have saved that entire movie...
Originally Posted by Snake Plissken
i love the tekken games, and i wan't expecting a lot from this movie, but i was hoping the fights would at least be good.
thanks for handling this one, snakey, glad i can take it off my list.
Originally Posted by Conde Koma
I still expect you to review this Conde. You are a reviewer and you will give a proper review.
It was more my way of mentally rectifying something that bothered me, which is:
movie fighting essentially becoming homogenized flash
There have been countless threads on Bullshido where someone will request "good movie fighting clips" and invariably SOMEONE will post something from Donnie Yen's Flashpoint.
Why? Cuz it is good and realistic and plausible and unique. When I think of good scenes, I think of ones that I haven't seen a million variants a million times before...and that's what stuck in my head with this:
I had seen this style of fighting before
They very well could have had the Miguel Rojo guy fight in a sloppy aggressive brawler style. They SHOULD have had the Dragonov guy fight like a Spetsnaz Sombo fighter. They backflash to Jin's mother teaching him, essentially generic Kung Fu and allude to him streetfighting, but where does he learn his armbars?
I just want to say: I love The Rock.
Originally Posted by Himura
He totally should be in every movie.
Last edited by syberia; 3/28/2011 7:51pm at .
Chaos? Panic?... Disorder??
.........................My work here is done.
Agreed. What's the point of makng a style vs. style martial arts flick if you're not going to actually showcase different styles? Retarded.
I was gonna ask you if any of the moves were same as the one in the game but you don't know.
Raven should've been Wesley Snipes. We all know this.
Agreed, as this was who the character was based on, but I don't think they could afford his bail. Anyway we all know which movies have the best fight scenes...
Originally Posted by nomamao
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