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40-50 million sounds like a decent enough budget, but the supermarket employee thing sounds really odd.
"a supermarket employee who discovers he has bizarre, otherworldly powers that lead him towards a pivotal choice between good and evil."
... This Is Gonna Suck.
I disagree. This dude could be the comic relief that makes it all just the more disturbing.
Either that, or it's Mokap.
Ten bucks say it' New Movie!Liu Kang.
Did the original movie ever establish what exactly it was Liu Kang was doing in America? Supermarket employee could work I guess...especially in this economy.
He was a monk.
A supermarket employee? Is this a mistitled Seltzer and Freidburg movie or something?
edited 6th Nov '12 3:17:30 PM by Canid117
Being a monk doesn't pay the rent.
Pretty sure it does. Coz that's how Monasteries work.
Yeah, the whole "Liu Kang lives in America" thing was film-exclusive. Liu Kang is a Shaolin monk who lives in a temple. The supermarket employee thing worries me; I fear that either they're going to bastardize Liu Kang's character into unrecognizability, or they're going to give us a brand new film-exclusive protagonist to take all the attention away from the canon characters ala the Resident Evil films.
Maybe it's Kurtis Stryker, supermarket guard.
Although I'm not sure that actually improves things at all.
Maybe it's the reincarnation of Shujinko, and the supermarket thing will be a fakeout before Johnny Cage punches him in the balls, Reptile bites off his head, and the real movie starts.
I can see the supermarket worker being Johnny Cage after a failed acting career.
Shao Khan was a simple supermarket employee until he found his true calling in fighting for evil and tyranny. Previously, his habit of yelling "You weak, pathetic fool! This is the only five items or less line!" to customers meant he never achieved the coveted Employee of the Month award.
edited 8th Nov '12 7:41:17 PM by NapoleonDeCheese
If only cashiers could yell at customers for that...
(Been there, done that, used the t-shirt to clean up the spill in Aisle 5. )
Hey, you try to fire Shao Khan...
Joe Taslim has been cast as Sub-Zero.
Asian actor hired to play Chinese character who wears a mask and would therefore be easily race-lifted by a less conscientious studio?
That's a good sign.
Also, have we really not had any news on this in seven years?
Edited by TobiasDrake on Jul 10th 2019 at 8:02:54 AM
That's a long time to give us the cold shoulder.
Wasn't movie Liu Kang explicitly not a monk? He left the order, hence why his brother was chosen to be the representative.
Yes. In the original film, they revised Kang's character to be an ex-monk who ran away to the U.S. because f*ck you, that's why. It isn't really relevant to anything other than making him technically American. For some reason. It was 1995 and I guess they just didn't think American audiences could buy into a 100% Chinese dude (both ethnically and nationally) as their hero.
To justify him coming back, they also invented a Canon Foreigner brother to die and motivate him: the hilariously inappropriately named Chan Kang, because f*ck learning about proper naming conventions when you're rich and white.
For reference, the correct name for the character would have been Liu Chan. Chinese names are formatted [Family Name] [Given Name]. Decades later, the Mortal Kombat games would demonstrate how to do this properly with the introduction of Kung Lao's cousin Kung Jin.
Despite all this and other flaws, it remains one of the few really good video game adaptations in film history and actually had a profound and lasting impact on the series as a whole, particularly where the character of Raiden is concerned. The film is responsible for completely changing his entire character from an arrogant god who wants to prove how much better than mortals he is to the predominate Big Good of the franchise who guides Earthrealm's defenders.
Edited by TobiasDrake on Jul 10th 2019 at 12:29:30 PM
It's also what ended up making the modern version of Kano an australian with with facial hair.
In fairness, his brother from the games is Chow Kang, which isn't any better.
Add the Sub-Zero brothers being named "Bi Han" and "Kuai Liang" to MK's issues with proper Chinese naming.
Mind you, Sub-Zero doesn't always wear a mask and people know he's Asian.
Have they stated which of the Sub-Zeroes he's playing?
I'm pretty sure it was because they, like many fans at the time, foung game Liu Kang to not be particularly interesting and wanted to give him some flaws. And really, despite being shown briefly in New York, there's nothing American about him.
Edited by windleopard on Jul 10th 2019 at 2:07:19 AM
Just a few things here: Kuai liang and Bi han arent chinise but chinise american, their father have them with american woman and then he take them out to be train by the lin kuei.
Also, the manual mention they have a sister and leave at that, there is the posibility the chararter frost be indeed sister to Kuai and Bi han, which explain why she is kinda kylo ren-ish in MK 11.
Tobias: wrong, Raiden in MK 2 is already a protector of earthrealm and in early notes is list a protector, in fact Boon wasnt so please with some of the line of Raiden, specially the part when he suddenly laugh and then apologize for it.
What IT DID have a efect is in fact Kano, he was japanise american at first and he was recon into australian because is actor was, in fact nowdays he is pretty much a ink sink actor for gobbard.
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