The Video Vacuum (thevideovacuum) wrote,
The Video Vacuum


“K” (Kane Kosugi) wakes up with amnesia. That makes us even because I pretty much forgot everything that happened in the first Tekken movie. Anyway, K becomes a brainwashed fighter in the employ of “The Minister” (Rade Serbedzija). He trains K to become an assassin and sends him to kill Bryan Fury (Gary Daniels), a former member of The Minister’s team. K soon learns that he’s been playing for the wrong team and goes after The Minister.

Tekken 2: Kayuza’s Revenge was directed by Wych (Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever) Kaos, and his directorial style certainly lives up his name. It’s hard to tell what’s going on in this movie. The editing is horrible and the fight choreography is pathetic. Just from a storytelling standpoint alone, it’s hard to even tell what’s going on in some scenes. It’s one thing when the lead character can’t keep track of the plot, but it’s another story when the audience can’t.

This is supposed to be a prequel to the first film. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Gary Daniels are the flick’s only tether to its predecessor. Sadly, both actors’ roles are nothing more than extended cameos. Most disappointing is the fact that Daniels’ fight with Kosugi is all-too brief.

The original Tekken wasn’t very memorable, but at least it was borderline competent. The same can’t be said for Part 2. At least there is one semi-clever chopstick-in-the-head death scene.

You know, for a movie based on a video game about fighting, there isn’t very much hand-to-hand combat in the film. The ending is some kind of joke too and it’s completely anticlimactic. The rest of the flick is dull and slow moving. In fact, a lot of it is literally slow moving since Kaos gives us about a dozen or so scenes of Kosugi walking in slow motion for no good reason whatsoever.

I liked seeing Kane Kosugi in a leading role for a change. He proves he might have what it takes to be a leading man. Getting handed scripts like this one isn’t going to help his career though.

AKA: Tekken: A Man Called X.

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