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Tekken: The Motion Picture

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4.3/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Animation, Action
Music director  Kazuhiko Toyama
Writer  Ryota Yamaguchi
Language  Japanese
5.2/10 IMDb

Director  Kunihisa Sugishima
Initial DVD release  January 26, 1999
Country  Japan
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Release date  January 21, 1998 (1998-01-21)
Cast  Kazuhiro Yamaji (Kazuya Mishima), Yumi Tōma (Jun Kazama), Akio Nakamura (Lei Wulong), Daisuke Gōri (Heihachi Mishima), Shinichiro Miki (Lee Chaolan), Minami Takayama (Nina Williams / young Kazuya)
Similar movies  Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins, Need for Speed, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter Alpha - The Movie, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Tagline  Learn Strength, Witness Speed, Enter The Tournament!

Tekken: The Motion Picture () is an anime adaptation of the early Tekken fighting game series by Namco. It was produced by ASCII Corporation and Sony Music Entertainment Japan, and originally released in Japan as a two-episode OVA in 1998. The films story is loosely based on the first game, where Kazuya is the main character and Heihachi is the Head of the Mishima Zaibatsu, and Tekken 2, which features Jun and Leis investigation of the Zaibatsus illegal activities.


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All of your favorite Tekken characters are here as they battle their way through each other to win the Iron Fist tournament, where fighters of unequaled strength from around the world gather to test their strength in the gladitorial arena. Of course, intrigue and danger abound, with professional assassins, champions of justice, and those whose prowess earns them fear and respect facing off.

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The film opens with a young girl named Jun Kazama crying over a rabbit killed by a bobcat. Kazuya Mishima, a kind boy around her age, appears and offers to kill the bobcat to cheer Jun Kazama up, but Kazuyas abusive father, Heihachi, suddenly appears and berates Kazuya for his compassion, which he considers a weakness. In order to make Kazuya stronger and prove his worth, Heihachi throws Kazuya off a cliff to his apparent death right in front of Juns eyes.

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Sixteen years later, Jun is an agent within Interpol, and is sent to investigate the upcoming King of Iron Fist Tournament, hosted by none other than Heihachi Mishima, the owner of the multinational Mishima Conglomerate, which has been suspect to unethical and illegal biological experiments. Jun meets up with Lei Wulong, a detective from Hong Kong, and they are assigned to infiltrate the tournament together. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Kazuya somehow survived the fall and is now a cold, bitter man bent on revenge on Heihachi. Heihachi himself is aware that Kazuya is alive and apparently plans to bestow the Mishima Conglomerate to him when the time is right, but Heihachis adopted son Lee Chaolan is unhappy with this decision, as he desires the company for himself. To this end, he seduces Nina and Anna Williams, two Irish assassins, and hires them to kill Kazuya. While Lee does not care for either Nina nor Anna, each believe he genuinely loves them and is merely using the other.

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Jun and Lei board a boat to take them to an island in Singapore for the tournament, in the process meeting a large man named Jack, who fought his way onto the boat by beating Lees bodyguard, Bruce Irvin, and who is with an ailing little girl, Jane. Kazuya himself sneaks aboard from a bridge once the boat has left the port. While Kazuya is training, Jun confronts him about the past, and Kazuya reveals how he survived: he gashed his chest badly during the fall and was on the brink of death when the Devil approached him with an offer to help him survive with superhuman powers in exchange for his soul, and Kazuya accepted. Nina again tries to kill Kazuya, but Kazuya beats her just as Anna appears with a bazooka and blows the gym up. Jun and Kazuya escape in time, but Kazuya warns Jun not to interfere with him again on the threat of death.

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The day of the tournament arrives, and Lee explains to the fighters (Paul Phoenix, King, Jack, Marshall Law, Michelle Chang, Baek Doo San, Yoshimitsu, Ganryu and Armour King) that they are to fight their way through a forest until they reach the central tower where Heihachi will be waiting for them. Michelle, who holds a grudge against Heihachi, tries to kill Heihachi there and then, but Heihachi foils her. However, to ensure that nobody will win the tournament, Lee secretly has his scientists release a special experiment into the field to stop the fighters. Meanwhile, Lei heads underground with Jack, who tells him that he is only looking for Dr. Boskonovitch, the only man who can save Jane from her illness. Eventually, they fight their way past some Prototype Jacks and reach Boskonovitch. In the process, Jacks arm is gashed and leaks black oil, revealing that he is not human, but a robot. Boskonovitch begins treating Jane, and they also meet his pet kangaroo, Roger, who has been biologically (but illegally) enhanced to fight like a boxer.

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Kazuya defeats Baek and runs into Michelle who has defeated Ganryu, who proves to be no match for him but too stubborn to give up despite Kazuyas pleas. Michelle pours out her tragic story to Kazuya about how Heihachi burned down her village and indirectly killed both her parents. Though Kazuya is sympathetic to Michelles plight, she refuses to back down. Kazuya knocks her out and almost kills her but is narrowly stopped by Jun, who vows to fight Kazuya and expel the Devil from him. Elsewhere, Nina and Anna decide to have their own battle to settle their rivalry once and for all, but during the fight, a biologically enhanced dinosaur-like being attacks and apparently devours Anna from behind. The creatures then round on Kazuya and Jun, but are defeated when Kazuya taps into his dark power. The last one runs away, leaving Kazuyas path open. Lee appears at the door and challenges Kazuya but is beaten just as Heihachi emerges and engages Kazuya in combat.

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Lee enters the facility in a crazed state. Now fully aware that he will never inherit the company, Lee massacres the entire security personnel and sets off the self-destruction sequence. Lei, Jack, Jane and Boskonovitch hear the countdown and evacuate along with countless soldiers. Jack sacrifices himself to hold a door open long enough for Lei and Boskonovitch to escape with Jane. The tower explodes with Lee still inside, and begins a chain reaction which turns the resort into a volcanic inferno. Kazuya seems to be losing against Heihachi, but he gives into his power again and overpowers his father brutally. Just as Kazuya prepares to throw his broken father into a river of lava, Jun appears and implores him to stop. Kazuya almost kills Jun, but when he notices her crying for him, he remembers the only person he ever loved and who ever cried for him: his mother. Kazuya sheds a tear and manages to expel the Devils influence from within him, reverting to his kind, compassionate self once again. Infuriated, Heihachi tries to punch Kazuya off the cliff, but Jun takes the blow and the three fall as the island begins exploding. Lei arrives in a submarine and picks up the remaining fighters, along with Kazuya and Jun. Heihachi escapes in a jet just before the island finally explodes, overseen by Kazuya on top of the submarine.

Sometime later, Jun is seen knitting in a wood. Her young son, Jin appears and asks her to tell him a story. Before she can begin, she looks up and senses a strange presence in the distance (possibly the coming appearance of Ogre), but when Jin asks her what is wrong, she tells him everything is fine and they walk home together.


Cameos in opening sequence

As Tekken 3 had only recently been released to arcades at the time of the films release, several characters of that game appeared in the opening scene but do not appear in the actual film: Jin Kazama (adult), Ling Xiaoyu, Hwoarang, Eddy Gordo, Forest Law, Wang Jinrei, and Kunimitsu.

English-language release

An English adaptation by ADV Films edited both episodes into a single hour-long film. It featured a new Americanized soundtrack with alternative rock, punk rock and sludge metal music consisting of "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.

Similar Movies

Tekken (2009). Tekken: Blood Vengeance (2011). Tekken: Kazuyas Revenge (2014). Shin-ichiro Miki and Minami Takayama appear in Tekken: The Motion Picture and Escaflowne. Ronin (1998).


Tekken: The Motion Picture was seen by many as an unsuccessful attempt to replicate the previous success of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. Entertainment Weekly called it "a punch-drunk, derivative Saturday-morning cartoon" that "saps every atom of magic from its source." Anime News Network gave the anime a C+, calling it "oddly mediocre in a genre filled with utter crap." Video game magazine Hyper gave it a score of 4/10, opining: "The action bears no resemblance to the games, and the animation is total garbage. The plot is also disturbingly similar to Enter the Dragon. This is one for all anime connoisseurs to avoid."


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