First Look: Jon Foo as Jin Kazama in Tekken Movie
by Alex Billington
February 16, 2009
Although we've been hearing a lot about both the Dragonball and Street Fighter movies, things have been rather quiet on the Tekken front. Oh wait, you didn't know that a Tekken movie was also being made? Yep, and it's actually being done independently, meaning Fox doesn't have their grimy hand on this one. Luke Goss is staring as Steve Fox and he is joined by an array of talented actors, including Jon Foo, who is starring as Jin Kazama. Thanks to one of readers, we've got our first look at Foo as Jin, courtesy of his official website. It's not much, but it is our first real photo from the upcoming video game adaptation.
To the far right is the new photo of Jon Foo as the character Jin Kazama. The photo to the left is of director Dwight H. Little, Jon Foo, and actress Mircea Monroe as Kara on the set. These aren't much, so I don't really have anything to say about either one. However, I'm curious when we'll see a trailer or some real footage, because we haven't seen anything from this for over a year. Anyway, take a look below!
Tekken is being directed by Dwight H. Little (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Marked for Death, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid) and is based on Namco's popular series of fighting games, which first debuted in 1994. The story will follow Jin, who enters the "King of Iron First" tournament in order to avenge the death of his mother that he blames upon Tekken's powerful and controlling chairman, Heihachi Mishima. Last year, Luke Goss told us that this would be R rated, which seems a bit odd, but if it indeed turns out to be as violent as he makes it out to be, then this might actually end up being pretty good.
According to our sources, Tekken finished shooting in May and has been in post-production since then. This is the first time we've heard any mention of it since last year. I'm guessing the production wants to distance themselves as much as they can from the Street Fighter movie, which is why they're probably laying low until that hits theaters first. We'll let you know if we see or hear anything else in the meantime!
Reader Feedback - 33 Comments
Tekken is the best fighting game in my opinion hope it doesn't suck though chances are it will, most videogame adaptations do (cough cough Max Payne)
ZERO on Feb 16, 2009
Even though you say FOX doesn't have its grimy hands on it, I'm sure it'll suck as much as all of the films FOX has funded. Alex's logic: FOX's name = bad. Anything else (despite its absolute craptitude) = good.
Chris C. on Feb 16, 2009
Tekken has always been my favorite fighting game too. Unfortunately, movies based on video games are always horrible. No doubt this will be horrible too.
Brandon on Feb 16, 2009
Director of Anaconda's search for the blood orchid, nuff said, this movie is gonna blow
Bo on Feb 16, 2009
Alex Billington thanks for checking out the info i send you about Tekken. i really want to see a trailer to judge this movie if its good or not. the reason why video games movie fail is because most of these directors and screen writers never even played these games to understand why these video games are popular. i believe a video game movie can work only if the director and screen writers have played them games themselves to understand them.
movieboy1 on Feb 16, 2009
The games kick ass. I hope the film does as well.
Film-Book dot Com on Feb 16, 2009
Well I hope they wont make up characters and stuff for the movie. I love the Tekken saga. Would be great seeing a tekken movie with the characters from Tekken 1-3. The actor for Jins role looks good. Hope theyve found other actors which fit the characters also. Hope also that they will concentrate on the Jin-Heihachi-Jun-Kazuya familycircle.. And not go to Eddy/Jack/etc. I do like those characters to, but im sure the story would suffer if they put all the characters in it... And hoping its not like the Dead or Alive movie -> Gather on island and fight there -> Just like mortal Kombats... Hope they make it a real movie. Cant wait for a real trailer, so i can make up my mind if im excited about this or not 😉
max on Feb 16, 2009
from the pics they look good but the fact this guy directed anaconda 2, the possiblity of it being good is at 40%.
darrin on Feb 16, 2009
The other Tekken movie was dire :o( 'The Avenging Fist' was OK and thats kinda fighty style. I know we all complain about live action US movies based on Anime and games, but at least they tend to be better than some of the Asian stuff (like Shinobi, Initial D and Devilman)
chris on Feb 16, 2009
Wow slow down people I just pre-ordered my Chun-li and dragon ball tickets................................. Today is a good day to die
sdavenport on Feb 16, 2009
It will be terrible if the director of Anaconda is on this. Unlucky for Tekken fans, this movie will be hard to watch I think.
SLee on Feb 16, 2009
Sure it's directed by the guy who did Anaconda, but he has Martial Arts movie experiance. Which I see you guys didn't feel like talking about. Yeah his movies aren't great that doesn't mean this can't be enjoyable. It's sure as hell going to be better than that terrible Anime movie from a few years back, and hopefully better than other fighting game based movies. Like Street Fighter, Dead or Alive, and Mortal Kombat.
jesse on Feb 16, 2009
I played the Tekken games for a very long tiime and I think Jon Foo looks excellent as Jin (and I dont say positive things about game movies ever).
L on Feb 16, 2009
I wonder if Eddie Gordo will still be the cheapest fighter??? Hopefully this movie will be what ALLLLLLL the other video games should have been. Has there ever been a good video game movie?? Not to sound like a d*ck, but I can't think of one. Maybe the r-rating will help. Does the CGI-FF VII count? That was decent.
jmoney on Feb 16, 2009
I played the game and it was cool, hope the film is too.
Fisherr on Feb 16, 2009
@ jmoney the person whos going to play Eddie Gordo is stunt performer and Capoeira practitioner Lateef Crowder. he was in Tom-Yum-Goong his the guy who fight Tony Jaa with his capoeira fighting style. heres the video of him Tony Jaa vs Lateef Crowder http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta2fv0BcR-4 Lateef Crowder showreel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB6ylODLoeE also heres a bonusif you dont know much about how good is Jon Foo check this video Jon Foo Showreel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo8HVJ5vNJI
movieboy1 on Feb 16, 2009
They should make Shenmue: The Movie. Now that would be gangstalicious.
Roberto Dinamite on Feb 16, 2009
I am Looking forward to this one. I think it'll be pretty interesting to see what they do for Yoshimitsi(sp?). I also think it'll be pretty cool to see Brian Fury.
Eric on Feb 16, 2009
The movie would be just like The Avenging Fist but this is the Tekken movie which would be good or bad and I bet it will have the techno music to heat the fight scenes in the film and there will be some visual effects in the film. I think that hollywood should make the Wolrd Heroes movie with a scifi twist with time travelling and visual effects. Thank You. BRUCE ACOSTA AUSTRALIA.
Bruce Darren Acosta on Feb 17, 2009
@16... All sarcasm aside, based on those clips alone, I hope this flick is a winner. We've all played the games and we all know the story for the most part and I Can't wait for the trailer. Icing on the cake would be an Armor King Pildriver through a table or something.
jmoney on Feb 17, 2009
Jon Foo is spot on casting. He really does look like Jin Kazama. They have already one-upped Street Fighter in the casting and character design department.
SS on Feb 17, 2009
Luke as Steve Fox http://www.lukegossforum.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=3202
Mike on Feb 21, 2009
Thanks for that link Mike!!! Looks great!!! Loved Luke Goss as Jared Nomak in Blade 2 and as Prince Nuada in Hellboy 2, both of which had some excellent fight scenes. He proved he can do it in both those movies, so this one is bound to be damned good!
Ronnie on Feb 21, 2009
He does not look like jin!!!!!!!!!!!!! wtf!!! I have a feeling this is going to turn out like Dragonball!!!! and by the way Jin's hair does not look like that!!!!!!!!!!
Vishal Kalpee on Feb 25, 2009
THEY SHOULD OF HAD THE WATCHAWSKI BROS DO TEKKEN, MATRIX STYLE
rick on Mar 25, 2009
@ Vishal Kalpee ---- Who do you think on this earth will look like Jin then? And, uh, yes Foo will have his hair like Jin when he enters the Tekken tournament. Btw, he is a real martial arts master and has been acting for quite awhile. He's perfect for the role. Anyway, I like it how sometime Foo looks Asian in some point then doesn't in another point. Now that's how an anime looks. xP
Tekken! on Apr 13, 2009
I love Tekken!!! And I like Jin Kazama
asuka on Jun 23, 2009
they better not fuck this one up ........
oj on Aug 4, 2009
It looks awful. The guy even looks like a good Japanese as Jin Kazama. I hope at least it gives life to the character.
akairokishi on May 10, 2010
Tekken it's good the movie,i like with the caracter Jin Kazama because her is twins with me.hhe
sandy on Jun 7, 2010
i love this movie because jin is so gentle man and brave
angelmarie guay on Aug 27, 2010
jin kazama, a.k.a jon foo, i am just 15 years old,, but when i saw your movie, especiallyypur charming face,, i told my self.. woooohooo, he is just so cool,hot, and handsome..keep shinning,.. and you are good
lutz on Oct 2, 2010
Jin Kazama.. or Jon foo, what ever.. you look so cool in this movie.. I hope my son get face like you.. Amin..
Jon_pandora on Jan 15, 2011
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