Tekken: The Motion Picture
"a punch-drunk, derivative Saturday-morning cartoon that saps every atom of magic from its source."— Entertainment Weekly
Tekken: The Motion Picture (鉄拳 -TEKKEN-) is a Japanese 1998 anime film based on the Namco's video game franchise of the same name. It was originally released in Japan as a two-episode OVA in 1998, and as a full-length feature for Western releases.
The film begins a flashback, where's Jun Kazama (as a child) was crying because the bunny was dead after the bobcat killed him, Kazuya tried to help her but Heihachi caught him and rips the locket of Kazumi (Kazuya's mom), Kazuya gets sad and Heihachi throws him into deep ravine, Kazuya screams falling but him survives due his Devil Gene. Sixteen years later, Jun is a agent who wants to investigate the Mishima Zaibatsu due his crimminals while Kazuya has hatred and wants to defeat Heihachi.
- The grasp source is terrible on the movie:
- Bruce Irvin, Nina and Anna Williams are a bodyguards of Lee Chaolan instead of a Kazuya's bodyguards.
- Lee in the games, is alive but in that film, he's commits suicide by setting the island's self-destruction.
- Instead to be a one, Alex is a pack of dinosaurs and they don't wear a blue boxing gloves.
- Anna is killed by Alex-like dinosaurs, even though she's alive in the games.
- Related to BQ#1, the plot is the mixture of Tekken and Tekken 2, which can make some fans of the franchise confused.
- The fight scenes despite are good, they are minimal and short (except the Kazuya vs Heihachi fight).
- Also, the character development on the characters (save for Kazuya, Jun, Jack and Heihachi) are minimal.
- Paul Phoenix, King, Armor King, Kuma, Wang Jinrei (only appears in the opening's cameo), Yoshimitsu and Kunimitsu (same as Wang) don't have any screen time and they just appears in the background characters.
- That film also included Tekken 3 characters as a cameo in the opening, even the plot is based on the first two games and they not appears (except Jin Kazama (as a child) and Doctor Boskonovitch) in the film's plot.
- Bruce Irvin, despite him appears in the film's plot, he not have a screen time and punched fastly by Jack-2.
- There is a plot hole where's Jane has a disease but it doesn't explain how she had that.
- Another plot hole: What happened to Kazuya after the end of the film? He's involved to the self destruction?
- On the epilogue after the events of that film, Jin Kazama runs to Jun Kazama because he wants to her mom telling the rest of the story she was telling on the previous day, Jun Kazama wanted to tell the rest but she senses the changes of wind, baiting a sequel where the events could be happens of Tekken 3 on the film but never happened.
- Even the original version (Japanese) is good, none the people who voice acted in the original games except Daisuke Gōri and Takashi Nagasako, who reprised their as Heihachi Mishima and Ganryu.
- For some reason, Yumi Tōma (the voice actor of Nina and Anna Williams in the games) didn't reprise her roles, and instead, did voice Jun Kazama.
- Jun intentionally gets in the way of Kayuya's revenge on Heihachi (a dangerous man who ruined the lives of many), allowing him to live.
- The animation was good back then.
- The fight scenes are good.
- The character designs look nice.
- Nice voice acting both on English and Japanese versions.
- The Soundtrack isn't bad.
- The film also included songs: "The Meaning of Life" by The Offspring, "Save Yourself" by Stabbing Westward, "Clean My Wounds" by Corrosion of Conformity, "Straight to Hell" by The Urge, and "Bonecrusher" by Soulhat (only in the English version).
- The flashbacks of Kazuya and Jun's childhood are emotional, and even the film not being canon, it explains the relationship between Kazuya and Jun and why Heihachi throwed Kazuya (before of Tekken 7).
- Also the Jack-2 sacrifice scene is sad because of Jack-2 wanted to the door open long for enough, Lei Wulong, Doctor Boskonovitch and Jane escapes the laboratory.
Tekken: The Motion Picture received a mixed reviews, and was seen by many as an unsuccessful attempt to replicate the previous success of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. IMDb gave the film a score 5.3 out of 10
- The animation of the film is also used on both Ling Xiaoyu endings of Tekken 3 and Tekken 5.