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This film is not welcomed to the King of Iron Fist Tournament
Genre: Action
Martial arts
Directed By: Dwight H. Little
Produced By: Steven Paul
Benedict Carver
Written By: Alan B. McElroy
Based On: Tekken by Bandai Namco
Starring: Jon Foo
Kelly Overton
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Ian Anthony Dale
Cung Le
Darrin Dewitt Henson
Luke Goss
Marian Zapico
Lateef Crowder
Candice Hillebrand
Anton Kasabov
Roger Huerta
Cinematography: Brian J. Reynolds
Distributed By: Anchor Bay Entertainment (United States)
Warner Bros. Pictures (Japan)
Release Date: November 5, 2009 (as a trailer on AFI Film Festival)
March 20, 2010 (Japan)
Runtime: 87 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $30 million
Box Office: $1.7 million
Franchise: Tekken
Prequel: Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge

Tekken is a 2010 American martial arts film directed by Dwight H. Little and released to theaters on March 20, 2010 in Japan. The film is based on the video game franchise made by Bandai Namco Games of the same name.

Why It Gets EWGF'd

  1. The movie doesn't follow any of the storyline of the games.
  2. Poor grasp on the source material to name more then a few :
    • Kazuya Mishima is allied to Heihachi in the beginning, which contradicts his video game counterpart, since Kazuya hates his own father since he was a kid.
    • Jin Kazama has a girlfriend named Kara and is friends with Christie Monteiro, which never happened in the games.
    • Christie Monteiro doesn't use capoeira during her fight against Nina Williams.
    • Bryan Fury for some reason, uses a chain against Sergei Dragunov to kill him during the fight, even though he fights barefist in the game during gameplay.
    • Nina and Anna Williams are allies and ninjas instead of being sister rivals and normal assassins.
      • Speaking of, they are Kazuya's sex slaves instead of each working for either Jin or Kazuya.
    • Miguel Caballero Rojo isn't an angry Spanish man who wants revenge for Jin due to his sister's death, but just a pointless random character that got unceremonously killed by Jin.
    • Instead of being a young British boxer who also is a biological son of Nina Williams, Steve Fox is a retired boxer, who was Jun Kazama's co-competitor in the former.
    • Marshall Law doesn't fight Jeet Kune Do style.
    • Raven isn't an agent ninja on this movie.
    • Mishima Zaibatsu is renamed Tekken as well as G Corporation is set on the Middle East, both without any reasons.
    • The movie is rated R despite the main video game franchise being a T rated series save for the non-canon Death by Degrees, which is M rated, although the prequel Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge is rated PG-13 more in line with the franchises T rating however.
    • Anna Williams appears too short on the film. No even she fights on the King of Iron Fist Tournament.
    • The devil gene is not in the movie nor mentioned.
    • Kazuya Mishima raped Jun Kazama and didn't know about Jin until Jin enters the tournament despite marrying her in the games and dying before Jin is born.
    • Jack robots are basically stronger SWAT-like soldiers who serve Heihachi.
  3. Some actors' performances range from bad to terrible, with Ian Anthony Dale (as Kazuya Mishima) being the worst offender.
  4. The movie lazily recycles some scenes in the movie, the most noticeable one is the bar cheering scenes.
  5. Plotholes:
    1. Why is Kazuya scared of Jin taking over Tekken ? While Jin is his son (Meaning he can claim Tekken as the new heir), but Jin never said anything about owning Tekken.
    2. How did Christie Montero escape from the Jacks ? They are very strong but all she did was shoot glass in the V.I.P. room
  6. Aside from Jin, almost all the fighters who entered the King of the Iron Fist Tournament have no motivation or a backstory.
  7. No other popular characters such as Paul Phoenix, Ling Xiaoyu, Kuma, King, Hwoarang, Asuka Kazama, Mokujin and Roger appear on this movie.
    • In fact, Xiaoyu, Jack, Marduk, Hwoarang and King where rumored to appear in the film, but were disconfirmed.
  8. The final battle is mediocre, because Kazuya uses a half moon axe instead of transforming into Devil via Devil Gene.
    • In the post-credit scene, Kazuya was furious because he lost the respect of his soldiers while Jackhammer aimed his gun at Heihachi, and Heihachi says, "I am Heihachi Mishima. I... am... Tekken. You will obey.", attracting a sequel that never happened and a prequel was thrown in its place

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some actors does make a good job on the film, like Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Heihachi Mishima (who also played Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat films), Lateef Crowder as Eddy Gordo and Darrin Dewitt Henson as Raven.
  2. The fight scenes are decent (except the final battle).
  3. The soundtrack is fine.
    • They also included the song "You're Going Down" by Sick Puppies.
  4. The outfits are pretty cool.
  5. At least, in middle of that film, Kazuya betrays Heihachi.


Tekken received negative reviews from fans of the franchise for not being loyal to the games. The film holds no critical score, but has a 31% approval rating by audiences on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 3.30 out of 10, on IMDb the film received a score of 4.8 out of 10.

Katsuhiro Harada, the director of that video game franchise, hated and criticized saying: "That Hollywood movie is terrible. We were not able to supervise that movie; it was a cruel contract. I'm not interested in that movie."

Due to its poor reception on Japan, the film never saw a wide theatrical release in the United States, and was released direct-to-video instead.

Box Office

Tekken grossed $1,697,207 both international and worldwide against its $30 million, turning the film a box-office bomb.


  • Paul Steven (who worked on this film and the prequel Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge) wanted to produce the remake of that film with Financing City Network.


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