Video game movies get a bad rap. One one hand, you have films like the Resident Evil series, which managed to skyrocket the video game franchise into a whole new world, and on the other hand you have Super Mario Bros. starring Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper. A mixed pot, really.
The former is exactly what the upcoming live-action TEKKEN looks like it may just be. Based on the popular gaming franchise for the PlayStation, this film is set to be a main competitor to any upcoming Mortal Kombat reboots Hollywood has planned. Here’s the premise.
The year is 2039. World wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations, the mightiest — and cruelest — of which is Tekken. Jin Kazama (John Foo) witnesses the death of his mother Jun (Tomita) by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. Vowing vengeance, and armed only with his street smarts and raw fighting skills, he enters a dangerous and potentially deadly combat tournament, where he must defeat the world’s most elite fighters to become the “King of the Iron Fist.”
With some pretty legitimate martial arts stars and professional fighters, this film looks like it may just be the real thing. We’ve got an exclusive clip from the movie for you to check out and see for yourself after the jump. Catch TEKKEN on DVD and Blu-Ray July 19th.