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Looks like U.S. fans of the “Tekken” game will be able to see Dwight Little’s live-action movie version in theaters after all. Anchor Bay Films has announced that they’ve acquired the film for U.S. theatrical release (set for sometime in 2011), though it’s unclear how wide the film will go before battling its way to VOD and DVD, as is usually the case with these made overseas action movies.
For those who can’t wait that long, the film has been out on import DVD since October. You can get it here.
Set in a dystopian future where corporations have replaced governments, the fantasy action movie focuses on the Iron Fist Tournament where fighters battle each other to death until only one is standing. A young fighter with a dark secret enters this deadly competition with the aim to avenge his mother’s death and confront his evil dad and grandpa. Dwight Little (Brandon Lee’s Rapid Fire) directs an ensemble cast that includes Jon Foo (House of Fury), Luke Goss (Hellboy II), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat), and Cung Le (Bodyguards and Assassins).
I found the film to be much better than I had expected. It’s certainly a lot better than fellow game-to-movie “King of Fighters”, which was just abysmal. If you were to see one game-to-movie adaptation this year, “Tekken” is undoubtedly the better choice.
Trailer for the film: