Film / Tekken
Survival Is No Game
The 2010 Live-Action film based off the popular fighting game series by Bandai Namco Entertainment.

The year is 2039. World wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations, the mightiest — and cruelest — of which is Tekken. Jin Kazama witnesses the death of his mother Jun by Tekken's private army in the slums known as Anvil. Vowing vengeance, and armed only with his street smarts and raw fighting skills, he enters a dangerous and potentially deadly combat tournament, where he must defeat the world's most elite fighters to become the "King of the Iron Fist."

Gained a direct-to-video sequel in 2014 called Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge.

This film provides example of:

  • Action Girl: Christie, Nina and Anna, though only Christie really gets to show it off. In addition to winning her tournament fight she takes out a whole load of Kazuya's mooks.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Heihachi is a lot less of a villain in this than he is in the games Ultimately subverted in the after-credits scene, which implies the whole movie was Heihachi playing everything to his favor.
    • In the sequel, Kazuya is portrayed as being much nicer than he is in either the games or the first film.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Yoshimitsu. See In-Name-Only for details.
    • Kazuya, who is devoid of his sympathetic backstory and was implied to have raped Jun.
    • Miguel Rojo is changed from a honorable character with a legitimate desire of revenge to a generic Ax-Crazy.
    • Marshall Law is a Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy instead of a humorous, good-natured guy.
  • Age Lift: In this film, Steve Fox is well into his fourties, apparently around the same age as Jun, while he is a young man in the games.
  • Artistic License Martial Arts:
    • Christie's fighting style is nominally changed from capoeira to mixed martial arts, though she stills strikes out a lot of kicks, some cartwheels and a meia lua de compasso in blink-or-miss moments. However, it is clearly not considered capoeira on-screen, as she receives no relation to this version of Eddy Gordo, and a possible similarity among the two's styles is never commented.
    • Miguel Rojo's style is changed from street fighting to zipota, a supposedly Spanish martial art (it counts as a double artistic license, as in real life zipota's authenticity is heavily discussed, and it is actually believed in Spain to be a foreign fabrication).
  • Badass Grandpa: Heihachi Mishima is in his 60's and is a formidable fighter.
  • Beard of Evil: Kazuya has just about the most obviously evil beard and mustache combo imaginable.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Eddy Gordo gets knocked out of the tournament first round. Of course, this means he's no longer in the tournament when Kazuya changes the rules so the fights are to the death, at which Dragunov is the first to die in the tournament.
  • Black Market Produce: Jin buys an orange for his mother.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Anna and Nina speak with American accents, despite apparently being Irish (though their nationality is not said in the movie). Admittedly this is the case in the games too.
  • But Not Too White: Irish Nina and Anna are played by a South African and Spanish actress respectively who are appropriately tanned.
  • Canon Foreigner: Jin's girlfriend Kara in the first film, everyone except Kazuya, Heihachi and Bryan Fury in the second.
  • The Casanova: Prior to his mother's death, Jin is shown to have a girlfriend, Kara... who he promptly forgets about once he gets into Iron Fist & meets Christie, who throws herself at him within days. Especially glaring, since the film keeps cutting back to Kara during Jin's fights in the tournament.
  • Composite Character: Kazuya in this film is a composite of him and his adopted brother Lee from the games.
  • Crapsack World: And it makes the one in Tekken 6 look like a vactation spot.
  • Death by Adaptation: Dragunov, Steve Fox and Bryan Fury.
  • Demoted to Extra: Anyone who isn't Christie, Steve, or part of the Mishima bloodline.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Christie vs. Nina.
  • Disappeared Dad: Jin was raised under the impression that his father was dead. Considering that Kazuya Mishima is his father, one can't really blame Jun for telling Jin this. Especially after it's revealed that Jun became pregnant after Kazuya raped her.
  • The Dragon: Bryan seems to be this, though is reasons are Dragon with an Agenda, since Kazuya blackmailed him with knowledge of his cybernetics, and that they're illegal in tournaments.
  • Dual Wielding: Kazuya starts his climactic fight with Jin two axes in hand.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Despite his... questionable fidelity, Jin and his partners generally have pretty good, mutually enjoyable sex, while Kazuya has a taste for rape and spends his entire sex scene with the Williams sisters scowling and complaining about his father.
    • Subverted twice on Jin's case, since Jackhammers were tearing parts of the Anvil apart looking for Jin, who was getting it on with Kara at the time, and that Christie refused to go along, since she wanted to fight him the day after, though had he did so, Nina and Anna would have had a hard time going after him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Kazuya has one of the later on his cheek, but is notably missing the enormous one on his chest.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Kazuya. As Bad Movie Beatdown 's Film Brain put it:
    "Maybe if he didn't blow Jin's mom right the fuck up, none of this would have happened and Jin would have died in the slums not knowing a single thing about his heritage. So yeah, it's kind of all his fault really."
  • In-Name-Only: Oh, boy...
    • Kazuya was never thrown off a cliff by his father when he was a child, and looks nothing like the character in the games - it's so bad that if you watched the trailer without knowledge that this was Kazuya, you'd be questioning who the hell Ian Anthony Dale was meant to be.
    • Steve Fox, instead of being a similar age to Jin, is old enough to have fought in Iron Fist at the same time as Jun, has a shaven head and serves as Jin's mentor figure.
    • Christie Monteiro is no longer a Brazillian caporeia fighter, having undergone a Race Lift and now fighting as a MMA fighter instead. Justified slightly due to Eddy Gordo also being in the film and faithful to the the character in the games, although the film removes Eddy and Christie's relationship from the games.
    • Marshall Law is no longer a Bruce Lee Clone in fighting style or appearance, and is also portrayed as an incredibly cruel and brutal fighter.
    • Miguel Rojo is stated to fall under Small Name, Big Ego, and like Marshall Law, looks and fights nothing like the character from the games. Possibly justified by the character being introduced in Tekken 6, which wasn't released on consoles until after the film was shot.
    • The Tekken Force soldiers have been renamed "Jackhammers" or "Jacks" for short.
    • Yoshimitsu, the cyborg samurai who steals from the rich to give to the poor... is just a regular guy in an elaborate suit of armor. For starters, he seemed eager to kill Jin during their fight, and before he did so while Jin's on the ground, Kazuya looked at him after he overthrew Heihachi, and Yoshimitsu nodded, implying that Kazuya bribed him to kill Jin, like he attempted to do so with Bryan.
    • The second film is even more in-name-only. The first one at least has a fighting tournament and characters from the games, the sequel doesn't even have that much.
  • Interface Spoiler: The second film's title, Kazuya's Revenge, spoils the twist. For most of the film, the protagonist is suffering from amnesia and is given the name K. He doesn't discover that his true identity is Kazuya Mishima until the climax.
  • Karma Houdini: Jin suffers no repercussions for cheating on his girlfriend with Christie.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Invoked with the Jin/Yoshimitsu fight, as rather than take Yoshimitsu's sword so that he has to fight with his fists like everyone else, the tournament officials hand Jin a katana of his own.
  • Magical Security Cam: During Jin's fight with Marshall Law, the TV shows shots from inside the cage - when there's no camera or camera man inside it.
  • Male Gaze: There are plenty of shots of Christie's low-cut pants.
Christie: Looking at my ass is a good way to get yours kicked.
  • Mythology Gag: Armed and dangerous with it. Let's see:
    • Paul Phoenix is mentioned to have been knocked out by Marshall Law in less than 30 seconds.
    • One of the decor seen in the arena is the same statue from the Hell's Gate/Heaven's Gate stage/s from Tekken 5/Dark Ressurection.
    • Although it was averted as seen in The Stinger, the Jackhammer ordered to kill Heihachi to self-detonation is a reference to how Heihachi presumably died at the beginning of 5, and Kazuya, who in the games fed Heihachi to the Jack-4s, ironically says Raven's "Heihachi Mishima is dead."
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Kazuya seeks to kill Jin because the boy is the only real threat to his power. This is despite the fact that Jin would have never entered the tournament or gone after the Mishima family in the first place had Kazuya not killed his mother.
  • No Name Given: Jin only uses his first name when he registers for Iron Fist. As it turns out, he had a damn good reason to keep his last name a secret, just not the one he thought he had.
  • No-Sell: Bryan Fury pulls this off thanks to his cybernetic enchantments.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: A news report mentions that Marshall Law qualified for the Iron Fist Open Call by beating Paul Phoenix. In 28 seconds.
  • Le Parkour: The first time Jin is seen, he's running across rooftops smuggling equipment to a resistance group.
  • Plot Hole: The tournament has ten participants, which would not work. After the first round there would be five left, making semi-finals quite tricky. Additionally Anna Williams is listed as a participant and yet never fights a match, and Yoshimitsu advances to the semi-finals automatically. It is possible that the Williams sisters only count as one participant (i.e. if Nina fights then Anna doesn't) since they're introduced together by Kazuya when he's running through them. It's likely possible that Bryan Fury, as the champion, automatically is in the final match. But it's not elaborated, making the tournament seem a bit all over the place.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I am Mishima Heihachi. I. AM. TEKKEN."
  • Race Lift: Christie. Fans were never going to be happy no matter what race the actress was considering there are debates about Christie being black, Hispanic, Italian and even Asian. Anna is also played by a Spanish actress though she only has one line and she probably could pass for a Irish girl with a tan.
  • Retired Badass: Jun Kazama. She's not completely retired since she teaches Jin martial arts.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: Kazuya's Revenge. Bizarrely enough, it's actually a prequel.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Kazuya pulls this on Heihachi. It just doesn't actually work since the Jackhammers are still loyal to Heihachi. Averted with Jin, who refuses to sink to Kazuya's level and kill him.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Miguel Rojo, whose noted as being incredibly arrogant. It counts on a meta example, as he had not yet been introduced in the games.
  • The Starscream: Kazuya, naturally. Heihachi also informs Jin that this is the reason Kazuya tried to have him killed too, since before the tournament, Heihachi only had the one heir but Jin's emergence meant that there was a second.
  • Stern Teacher: Jun to her son. As a young boy she'd put him in choke holds he can't break free of, trying to impress upon Jin not to quit, ever.
  • The Stinger: A wounded Kazuya walks past the holding cells at the arena, before the scene cuts back to Heihachi's final words, only for the scene to continue & reveal that Heihachi ordered his executioner to stand down, and that the Jack obeyed him.
  • Threeway Sex: Kazuya has some with the Williams sisters.
  • Token Minority Couple: Not an actual couple but the first round in the tournament has the two black participants fighting each other.
  • Trashcan Bonfire: During one of Jin Kazama's fights there's a shot of a group of people outside watching the battle on TV, with a fire burning in a trashcan nearby.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Kazuya really wants Heihachi to pass control of Tekken onto him, to the point that when he finds out that Heihachi has another heir in Jin, he sets out to kill Jin & take control of the company by force.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kazuya hits Christie a couple of times and is also revealed to have attacked Jun.
  • You Killed My Father: Jin witnessed his mother's death at the hands of Tekken's Jackhammers, and justifiably blames Heihachi for her death, even saying this verbatim to him. Subverted, as Heihachi argues that he saved her life after Kazuya raped her, as Kazuya would've killed her later if he had found out she was pregnant with Jin.