Namco set to release straight to DVD CGI Tekken movie
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Tekken - but this time, how it's supposed to look...
For those of you unfortunate enough to have seen the live-action adaptation of Tekken, I send my condolences. If, like me, you grew up with the likes of Mortal Kombat and Tekken as your primary source of mindless, button-bashing action (learning the buttons was for the cool kids...or those with too much time on their hands), this film was the final nail in a long-term deterioration of the once dominant franchise.
For years, gamers had been captivated by the fighting style and unconventional manner by which the game was constructed - from the surprisingly deep and, as they years went on, somewhat far-fetched storyline; to the vast roster of characters the game made available to its user. Want to play as a panda? How about a wooden stick man; or, if you're going to be really crazy, why not choose a freaky looking samurai whose sword bore a striking resemblance to a lightsabre? In Tekken, you could; part of the games success was ultimately this diversity of characters, something that was fairly revolutionary at the time.
Yet when it came to the movie adaptation, they seemed to abandon everything that had made the games successful. The character roster was poor; the storyline of Jun had been infantised to such an extent that it was hardly recognisable; and the film was desolated with a cast of nobodies. Unsurprisingly, the film did very poorly and, at the end of its time in cinemas, had grossed just $967, 369, less than 3% of its estimated $35 million budget. As if things weren't bad enough already, Katsuhiro Harada, the director of the video game series, released a statement saying that Namco (the games creator) had been "unable to supervise the movie", and as such was "uninterested" in it...ouch.
However, in an attempt to recuperate and rebuild this once proud franchise, Namco has released an exclusive trailer for a upcoming, straight-to-DVD CGI adaptation of the game; and as a long-standing fan, I must admit I'm excited. Not only do I love this sort of CGI animation (I wish they made Mortal Kombat like this), but the music is fantastic and the storyline actually seems pretty decent. Furthermore, we are told that the film is to be made by Cowboy Bebop screenwriters and the director of Tekken's (the game) opening sequences, so there are certainly a number of promising points to this adaptation. So, without further ado, why not have a watch of the trailer below:
So what do the rest of you think? Can this CGI behemoth - with the backing of Namco - rescue Tekken after its unfortunate cinematic venture, thus restoring it to its once former glory? Or has too much damage been done by its westernised, 2010 release? Oh, and just in case you would prefer the alternative, Tekken (2010) was released on DVD in the UK on the 2nd May, and is due to be released in the US on 19th July.
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