Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tekken: Blood Vengeance Let the Hilarity Ensue

When I say Blood, you say Vengeance! Blood! Vengeance! Blood! Vengeance!

Hey, how about a movie about a cute school girl and cute android girl becoming friends. Only a movie the Japanese could come up with could be titled Tekken: Blood Vengeance and star two cute girls. That's what the night was about at the Regal Cinemas at the premier for Tekken: Blood Vengeance.

If you bought a ticket a lovely movie poster and t-shirt awaited you at the event. The theater was filled with fans pleased by this display. You could also try the new Tekken Tag Tournament in the lobby.

Unbeknown to me voice actress Christina Vee was cosplaying as her character from the movie. She did a great job playing the silly robot girl Alisa Bosconovitch. Apparently that character was created in a very short time, just because there was an extra slot for another fighter.

Before the movie started we were introduced to some of the cast and crew, but that was immediately blown away, by the cute Japanese voice actress Maaya Sakamoto  who made the night more than silly taking on five different Tekken champs before us on the big screen. She bit one of them and the crowds sting, must of hurt more than being beaten by a girl. Watching video games gets played on a big screen is still a sight to behold. The last time I saw it was at the Insomniac Community Day. This blew that away with a bigger screen. Hearing a Japanese voice actress as she's beating or losing to a opponent in a school girl uniform with pig tails in a theater while playing Tekken is a sight to behold and be happy you live in LA to see. Sakamoto's was damn good, too. She kicked some ass.

So how was the movie? It was crazy romp filled with martial art moves, cute school girls, robots and insane plot and a big panda. Another normal day in the Tekken Universe. If you've played the series and watch the cut scenes it just as ridiculous. It's a movie not to be taken seriously. The other amazing point is the tournament isn't taken place int the movie. Instead you got corporate espionage, mixed with teenage love and science fiction and fantasy the evolves into a insane ending that seems all to plausible in the Tekken Universe. If you've played Tekken you can predict what's going to happen in the blood feud between Kazuya Mishima and Jin Kazama that pulls both Ling Xiaoyu and Alisa Bosconovich as their pawns.

I think the movie should have gone all the way and been about the Tekken Tournament and involved more charcters. I was happy enough with the story, but it easily could have included more of the cast in some fast bouts. What was discussed was how it was the second Tekken movie. I'd think the producer would want us to forget about the Tekken live action movie which is simply a so bad it's good movie. It also didn't have a premiere and headed straight to the home market.

After the movie a short Q and A and a vow from Maaya Sakamoto to get her title back as a Tekken player at EVO were sounded. A funny mess up from the host had us laughing as the Bandai CEO left early when he called him up to say good night.