Kazuya’s Revenge doesn’t have anything to offer to the franchise and feels like a generic cash in that happens to bear the Tekken name.
So far, there have been three Tekken movie adaptations: an anime called Tekken: The Motion Picture, a live-action film simply known as Tekken and CGI film Tekken: Blood Vengeance. From those three, the one I enjoyed the most was Blood Vengeance because it embraced the ridiculous nature of the video games. But despite living in a world where there’s a competent Tekken movie (a significant achievement if you ask me,) someone had to go ahead and try again. Unfortunately, Kazuya’s Revenge doesn’t have anything to offer to the franchise and feels like a generic cash in that happens to bear the Tekken name.
The plot is as follows: a man with no recollection of his past, wakes up in a hotel room and is chased by armed men that belong to a special forces team. After he’s rescued by an assassin called Rhona Anders, the amnesic man is forced to work on a criminal organization led by a madman known as The Minister and he receives the codename K. Should K attempt to escape or fail a mission, the guerrilla leader will detonate a bomb that he has implanted on his chest. K might have forgotten who he is, but luckily, he hasn’t forgotten his exceptional skills in fighting.
The story is exploited to the extent that there’s fight after fight and there’s minimal explanation behind them which is a shame because the brawls look good. But I don’t understand why these characters are fighting each other and what’s worse, I don’ have any attachment to them, so I don’t really care who wins and who loses. The problem with this prequel is that the producers and writers have no idea what these characters are all about and the result is a movie that alienates the very audience this direct-to-DVD movie should be catering to. The only thing that works is that the fights are well choreographed and look impressive. That’s about it.
Also, for a movie that bears the Tekken Name, it barely has any elements from the games which is a baffling decision: there are few recognizable characters, the story doesn’t make references to the games and what’s left is an anemic b-movie with flat characters and a basic story that fans of the source material will have no attachment to. What do I mean by flat characters? Well, take the protagonist for instance: he’s an amnesic man who’s forced to fight a crime-lord who works in the black market. In his free time, K rescues women who are attacked in dark alleyways, plays with random children on the street and goes on long walks in the rain. As far as making a forced action movie, it doesn’t get more generic than that.
Don’t let the title of this movie fool you. Apart from the fact that there are martial arts, a city called Tekken and some familiar characters, Kazuya’s Revenge doesn’t share a lot with the franchise that it’s supposed to be based on. The worst part about Kazuya’s Revenge is that the ending suggests that there might a third entry in the series. If this movie is any indication of the quality of future follow-ups, please don’t make a Tekken 3.
I never thought I’d say this, but Tekken 2 is a step down from the first movie and makes its predecessor look like a timeless classic in comparison. This is an inept, low-budget, poorly written and anticlimactic video game movie that not only does a disservice to fans of the Tekken franchise, but to anyone who find themselves in front of a screen while this is playing.