TEKKEN (1998)

 

Format: 55-minute feature

 

Rating: R (GV)

 

American Production: ADV Films

 

Japanese Production: ???

 

Grading

 

Premise:

D

Story:

C

Writing:

C+

Character Design:

C+

Animation:

B-

Artistic Merits:

B-

English Dub:

C+

Musical Score:

B+

Songs:

B

 

 

Humor Content:

n/a

Action Content:

B

Drama Content:

B-

 

 

DVD Presentation:

not reviewed

DVD Extras:

not reviewed

 

 

OVERALL:

C+

 

Synopsis

The owner of a powerful international conglomerate, who also happens to be an indomitable master of the fighting art Tekken, invites some of the world’s best fighters to his private island, where they will compete for the right to fight him for a massive cash prize. Unbeknownst to the fighters, it is all a set-up to field-test new bioweapons and attract back the long-abandoned son of the master, who has a score to settle with his father. Meanwhile, the jealous younger son seeks to eliminate his brother and stake sole claim as inheritor of the conglomerate’s might.

 

The Long View

Based on the popular arcade and video game series of the same name, Tekken springs from a thoroughly uninspired premise; it takes all the fighters from the game and puts them into a contrived situation which causes them to fight each other. It is saved from being run-of-the-mill anime by good production values, a soundtrack featuring hard rock groups that will be familiar to fans of the music genre (including Offspring), and numerous character-based subplots that allow for substantial development of key characters beyond what you would expect from fighting game-based animation. We learn, for instance, of the master’s disappointment with his loyal, business-savvy son because he is not the equal in fighting of his brother, that another character is a combat robot who has developed a conscience, and that yet another character desperately seeks revenge for past atrocities even though she cannot overcome her own weaknesses sufficiently to accomplish the task. Central to the story is the childhood association of the lead male and female characters and the efforts of the latter to save the former from himself. The confrontation between the two of them and the father gives Tekken its dramatic punch.

I never personally played the games that Tekken is based upon, but I would guess that it is a pretty fair adaptation of the game. The somewhat ridiculous last scene implies a window being left open for a sequel, though one was never, to my knowledge, made.

 

DVD Extras

      Not reviewed.

 

Principle English Voice Actors

Role

Voice Actor

Jun Kazama

Edi Patterson

Kazuya Mishima

Adam Dudley

 

      I have not been able to get reliable information about who did the English vocals for any of the other roles.

 

 

 

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