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An anime based on the fighting game franchise Tekken, specifically the first two games. Originally released as a two-part OVA, the parts were edited together for the western release as a movie.

Multi-billionaire Heihachi Mishima is having a fighting tournament on the island which is the base of his operations. This attracts many fighters, including Jun Kazama who has come to investigate Heihachi's suspected illegal activities and Heihachi's son Kazuya, who wants revenge for being left for dead in the past by him.


This anime has examples of:

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Kazuya, who is determined to kill his father Heihachi for dropping him off a cliff when he was a kid. Jun manages to convince him to give up his desire for revenge, and after sparing Heihachi, he rescues the unconscious Jun before leaving the self-destructing island.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Lee, who acts as The Dragon, and later tries to be The Starscream for his adoptive father Heihachi, and plots to use the army of invisible dinosaur clones to take over the world. He also triggers the island's self-destruct mechanism after Heihachi declares him out of the game, intent on leaving no winner alive.
    • Also both Nina and Anna, who are employed as assassins by Lee to kill Kazuya. In this story, the tournament is a composite of both the first and second tournaments from the first two games (Heihachi is the tournament host as in the first game, but there are many competitors introduced in the second game, such as Jun, Lei and Bruce). In the first game Nina tried to assassinate Heihachi (who was then the tournament host) and Anna opposed her, but in the second game it was the opposite way, which means Anna was acting as a Bodyguard Babe employed by Kazuya, who was the host of the second tournament.
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    • Alex in the games was created as a prototype bioweapon by Bosconovitch on Kazuya's orders, but he had a goofy personality which kept him from being the vicious killer bioweapon Kazuya wanted, and in the end he became nothing but a dinosaur counterpart to Roger, a "boxing raptor". Here, Bosconovitch (at the behest of either Heihachi, Lee, or both) has cloned "Alex" into several dinosaur clones, and has given them the ability to be invisible (apparently a sort of chameleon-like active camouflage) and they all are big and nasty predators.
  • Adapted Out: Angel from Tekken 2. Also, while many other characters from the second game do make cameos and minor appearances, Wang and Kunimitsu aren't seen anywhere.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Jun express shock at the existence of a multi-gene life form. In reality, virtually all life (including humans) has multiple genes.
  • An Axe to Grind: Michelle tries to kill Heihachi by throwing an axe at him. He catches it with his teeth and bites it apart. Talk about literally grinding an axe...
  • Anti-Hero: Kazuya as expected. There are numerous times where he gives into the evil growing inside of him, such as attempting to kill Michelle or tearing apart an Alex clone in a bloody manner, however he's still ultimately the lesser of two evils between himself and Heihachi.
  • Babies Ever After: Jun and presumably Kazuya have a son (who fans will recognize as Jin) at the end.
  • Big Bad: Heihachi, with Lee acting as The Dragon for him.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Members of the Mishima family have some ridiculously huge eyebrows.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Than the games, which tend not to have Mortal Kombat-style copious amounts of blood. This anime has it aplenty.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Jun wakes up from one after A Minor Kidroduction.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: Lava flows that are setting the whole island on fire? Just a minor inconvenience to those of martial arts!
  • Deal with the Devil: How Kazuya survived his fall sixteen years ago.
  • Death by Adaptation: Anna gets eaten alive by one of the Alex clones, Lee commits suicide by setting off the tower's self-destruct while he's still inside, and Jack-2 performs a Heroic Sacrifice by holding up a closing steel door so that Lei, Jane and Dr. Boskonovitch can escape the doomed island — which crushes him afterward.
  • Demoted to Extra: Plenty of fighters from the second game, like Paul and King, have only stationary appearances in the background. Others, like Prototype Jack and Alex, actually appear as mass-produced enemy robots and dinosaur clones respectively.
  • Depending on the Writer: Jun in this movie is decidedly less pleasant than Tekken 2 might have you believe. Tag 2, however, shows signs of her portrayal in this movie (although entwined with Jun's original depiction in T2 and Tag).
  • Designated Girl Fight: Nina and Anna, unsurprisingly.
  • Determinator: Jun is set on saving Kazuya from being consumed by his desire for revenge and the darkness in his own heart. This is because she met him as a gentle and caring boy during their childhood, and she had the misfortune of witnessing him being dropped to his apparent death by his father Heihachi, and being a little girl at the time she was powerless and impotent to save Kazuya back then.
    • Kazuya is initially just as determined to kill his father for revenge, but he relents after being convinced by Jun to spare Hei.
  • Distant Finale: Ends "some time later" with Jun and her son Jin.
  • Eaten Alive: While she's monologing during her fight with Nina, one of the Alex clones sneaks up on Anna. By the time Anna notices, it's too late and Alex devours her right in front of Nina.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The invisible dinosaur bio-weapons.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Anna's death is this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Jack-2, who dies stopping a falling door to allow Lei, Doctor Bosconovitch and Jane to escape out of the self-destroying island. As soon as they get past the door, it crushes Jack.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The film opens with Kazuya and Jun as kids, just before Heihachi throws Kazuya down from a cliff.
  • Noodle Incident: The Interpol boss offhandedly mentions an "unexpected alien invasion" the month before while filling Jun in on her mission.
  • The Protagonist: Jun. She is the central character in this version of the story.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: When Lee realizes that he will never inherit Mishima Conglomerate, he starts up one.
  • Shower Scene: Provided by Anna Williams.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Kazuya survives the tournament (which is basically a composite of both the first and second tournament from the games — in the second game's tournament he is knocked out and dropped into a volcano by Heihachi, resulting in his death up until his resurrection in Tekken 4), rescuing the unconscious Jun and carrying her out of the collapsing island, but does not stay with her after she gives birth to their son Jin.
  • Speed Stripes: Used on many fight scenes.
  • Title: The Adaptation: Even used by the alternate title Tekken: The Animation.
  • Use Your Head: Kazuya and Heihachi butt their heads together during the climactic fight.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Lee, when he realizes Heihachi will not let him inherit the Zaibatsu and literally knocks him off the tournament. He sets off the island's self destruction sequence, intent on killing all competitors, but he doesn't try to escape and dies regretting it all when his base in the pagoda explodes.
  • Visible Invisibility: Used to show the experimental dinosaur bio-weapons.