What happens when a video game producer gets angry enough with the adaptation of his video game?He makes the adaptation itself, of course.Tekken: Blood Vengeance is a CGI film based on the Fighting Game series Tekken. It is produced by Digital Frontier and written by Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop). The film was directed by Youichi Mouri, the same person who directed the Tekken 5 and Tekken 6: Blood Rebellion opening cinematics. The soundtrack is composed by Basiscape. Unlike the somewhat decent live-action movie that came out in 2010, this one was more directly supervised by Namco themselves.The plot follows Ling Xiaoyu as she is tasked by the G Corporation to infiltrate an international school in Kyoto to gather information on a mysterious student named Shin Kamiya. Not so long after that she makes friends with Alisa Bosconovitch while Shin gets kidnapped by an unknown assailant. Now it's up to Xiaoyu and Alisa to find Shin and solve the mystery behind him.The film was released on a special Tekken Hybrid Blu-ray Disc in November 2011. The Blu-ray also includes an HD remake of the original Tekken Tag Tournament which can be run on PlayStation 3 along with a special demo version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Nintendo 3DS owners also got to join in the fun, as Namco included Blood Vengeance in the same package as Tekken 3D as part of the Tekken 3D: Prime Edition bundle.
Tekken: Blood Vengeance provides example of the following tropes:
Kazuya Mishima (Type I), which is pretty ironic since in games, he'd be the villain while Heihachi is more the occasional Anti-Villain. Perhaps because in the movie, at least, his concern was beating the crap out of Jin rather than the tortures committed to Shin (and he's at least shown not to be a Bad Boss to Anna). Doesn't quite excuse him for some Kick the Dog moments, though (poor Alisa).
Moreso with Jin (Type III), if his parting words to Xiaoyu are any indicator. Xiaoyu herself falls under Type IV during her stint as a Villain Protagonist in the first half.
Call Back: In the ending, Xiaoyu reveals to Alisa that she wants to make the world into one big amusement park so everyone can smile and be happy. This was her original goal for entering The King of Iron Fist Tournament in the first place, as seen in Tekken 3.
Various other Tekken characters (Bob, Bruce, Lili, King, and Raven among others) were seen in a list of possible spies for the G Corporation before Anna settles in on Xiaoyu. Makes sense, as it wouldn't be the best idea to send a Masked Luchador to capture a supposedly-immortal high-school student.
Lei Wulong also sent an phone message to Nina at one point.
Combining Mecha: Mokujin Megazord sequence, initiate! Heihachi's way of keeping up with Kazuya and Jin's devil forms is to call on the spirits of the Mokujin, combining all of them into a giant demon-looking version of himself.
Continuity Snarl: Despite taking place between 5 and 6, several events seem to disregard pre-existing canon.
Despair Event Horizon: Xiaoyu nearly crossed it after witnessing the Mishima family feud, swearing off that humanity is better off disappearing if all they do is fight note of course, basing all of humanity off of a Big Screwed-Up Family isn't exactly the brightest idea. Luckily for her, Alisa managed to set her straight, as well as Jin's final words that maybe humanity has a hope if they're the one to fix themselves.
Doomed by Canon: No one from the game is dead per se. But since we know that most characters will survive in Tekken 6, it might be jarring by how much Genre Blindness Jin (and Xiaoyu to some extent) has.
Drives Like Crazy: Well, Rides Like Crazy... How we are introduced to Ling Xiayou and Panda in the movie.
Heel-Face Turn: Unwilling Villain Protagonist Xiaoyu is gangpressed into the service of G Corp by Anna and is only in it because she likes her target, Shin. Then, when Alisa, who's supposed to be her enemy, goes out of her way to save her life, the two decide to investigate on their own why their superiors are targeting Shin.
Hero Antagonist: Alisa is revealed to be this after Shin gets kidnapped. She later drops the "antagonist" part and sides with Xiaoyu so they can start their own investigation of what their superiors want with Shin.
Irony: For all the complaining Namco did about the 2010 movie, this movie didn't seem to do any better.
Just a Machine: Anna and Kazuya's opinion of Alisa. Xiaoyu does not take this well.
Kick the Dog: After Jin orders Alisa into standby mode, Kazuya, in Devil form, responds to his coaching her in such a manner by taking the opportunity to stomp her in half.
Kung-Fu Sonic Boom: When Heihachi, Kazuya, and Jin slam their fists together, it creates a big-ass shockwave that both wipes out the top of the castle and blows Xiaoyu clean out the window.
Kung-Shui: Better hope that castle's insured. Three generations of Mishimas together for a family reunion will not end well.
Masquerade: A variation: Ganryu expels Xiaoyu from Mishima Polytechnic and transfers her to KIS. When Anna reveals herself and assigns Xiaoyu her mission immediately afterwards, it becomes clear that the whole "expulsion for property damage, bad grades, and a really crappy attitude" thing was just a cover for Xiaoyu's new assignment.
Mêlée à Trois: The three-way battle between Kazuya, Heihachi, and Jin.
Pet the Dog: Lee offering shelter to Xiaoyu, Alisa and Panda. Later, he just brushes off the severe property damage Nina and Anna inflicted on his mansion while fighting. He and Anna even have a friendly conversation in the aftermath.
Pinball Protagonist: Both Xiaoyu and Alisa have little to no impact to the story, and whatever impact they had was all a Red Herring to set up a three-way brawl.
Heihachi: It feels good to be back. Hiding in the shadows after faking your own death is a bore. In fact, it's downright tedious. Kazuya: I thought I've thrown you into the depths of Hell. Heihachi: Ha! If you thought that was enough to kill me, you are gravely mistaken.
Rule of Cool: Quite possibly sets the bar for future Rule of Cool entries. All sorts of insanity from start to finish, though it goes Up to Eleven when the three Mishimas start going at it (Heihachi actually pulls off a juggle combo during the battle)... and then it gets even crazier once Kazuya and Jin start tapping into the Devil Gene's power.
Shout-Out: Contains several to various action movies.
To The Matrix: The first scene is set on a highway with high walls like the car chase scene of The Matrix Reloaded, the first character we see is a woman dressed like Trinity, who rides a motorbike like she did in said scene, and who jumps off the motorbike like Trinity did in the first scene of The Matrix Reloaded.
To Total Recall (1990): Xiaoyu kicks Alisa in the head after discovering her to be a robot. Alisa's head lands in Xiaoyu's hands, says something and then it explodes.
To Transformers: The truck we see in the first scene looks like and has the same paint job as Optimus Prime.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: For nearly much of the movie, the story follows Xiaoyu and Alisa as they try to keep tabs on Shin with occasional run ins with Lee and the Williams sisters. Then for the last final act, Heihachi, Kazuya and Jin, who have barely even been in the movie take over by that point for the climax.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Anna, who is more extremist than well-intentioned. Her sister Nina is more well-intentioned than extremist and definitely more heroic than her sister, who orders her men to kill Xiaoyu and Alisa in their sleep only to discover that Nina had indirectly helped them flee. And let's not go into the Mishima family's problem with the patriarch.