Tekken Blood Vengeance
I know I am late to the Tekken Party with this one, but I stumbled across this movie just the other day and decided to give it a go. I did not have the “pleasure” of watching the Tekken Live Action movie, but I have always been a fan of all things Tekken. It was one of the few fighting games that I devoted countless hours to and the glimpses of story that the cutscenes provided were interesting and archaic. How one could make sense of all these varied characters and their intersecting plot lines was beyond me, but Tekken Blood Vengeance looks to take a decent heap of these fighters and flesh out a full length computer animated story for us to enjoy.
The first thing that sticks out about this movie is how polished it looks. Shimmering outfits, brooding temples, and colorful palettes that fluctuate throughout the mission. I have a fond appreciation of CG movies like Final Fantasy: Advent Children and Resident Evil: Degeneration and this movie certainly deserves to be amongst those that took the time to craft such detailed imagery. Digital Frontier is the house behind this Tekken movie and they also happened to give flesh to the RE: Degeneration movie mentioned previously. Their talent shines through with believable facial expressions and hair that flows with a dream-like sway. I was hooked on their craft in this movie the moment you meet Alisa and stare back into her big, glossy eyes.
Of course, this would only mean so much if it had a halfway decent story to give it a soul. Thankfully, this collaboration included Screenwriter Dai Sato who is credited with work on Cowboy Beebop and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The story unfolds mostly from the perspective of Ling Xiaoyu, a student who is contracted to lure a high prospect target so that her new employer may capture him. The problem is, her employer is not the only one with an interest for this target and you soon see how these separate parties all have strong, historical ties to each other and different intentions with the capture of this individual. The voice acting is decent, with the female voice actors hitting the mark more so than the males, and the music can be a bit dated sounding for something that was paired up against the beautiful animation but nothing that induced vomiting by any means.
All in all, it was enjoyable to see some of my favorite characters interact with each other and receive a better, rounded out story replete with quirky Japanese humor. It is also worth mentioning that the first 30 minutes of the movie can easily be played along with at home with my OFFICIAL TEKKEN UPSKIRT DRINKING GAME. The rules are simple: Every time you see an upskirt shot, you take a shot. It’s that easy! In fact, your enjoyment of the latter half of the movie might even quadruple mine.
RECOMMEND: Gamers, Tekken fans, people who like pandas
DO NOT RECOMMEND: People who have never watched a foreign film in their life.