A sequel to Tekken! I was surprised. I was excited. I watched it, and though the fighting was good, everything else was so so. The story moved along at a slow stroll, and there didn't seem to be any link to the previous, even though it has a 2 in the title. Considering K isn't revealed by name until late in the movie, even those who might have understood who he was by name wouldn't know what was going on from the very beginning. But I guess it's supposed to start a mastery.
Suffering from amnesia, a young man trying to discover his true identity is kidnapped by an underground crime organization and turned into a ruthless assassin.
Without spoiling anything, that pretty much sums it up!
Kane Kosugi plays Kazuya, also known as K. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa plays Heihachi, same guy as in the first Tekken, which makes me wonder again: is there a link? Gary Daniels plays Bryan Fury, another re-occurring character from the first movie - though I didn't recognize him at first. Heihachi doesn't have his awesome hairstyle either, strange that he'd get a haircut first when he was older. Kazuya... wait a minute, isn't that the name of Heihachi's son?! And thus, it all falls into place. It's a prequel.
This dawned on me well after I'd watched the movie. In fact, I figured it out just now while writing this review. Kazuya in the previous movie had a different actor, and acted differently, darker, the portrait of a menace. He also didn't get near enough screen time, so having at least this one movie dedicated entirely to him is a welcome addition. It also puts things in perspective; makes him no longer seem like the one and only bad guy. Instead, it makes Heihachi seem like the bad guy! I wouldn't be surprised if Jin was up next, or maybe Heihachi himself has an angle to play. Anyway, not knowing what this movie was all about might have been an advantage - it let me see this without the same bias towards the movie in regard to the previous (in which cause I'd have quickly concluded: everything was way cooler in the previous).
As a story, it was pretty simple. For the fights, it was worth watching, and I'm glad Kazuya is now played by an experienced actual martial artist like Kane Kosugi. For character performance, it was a bit disappointing, more so with side characters than the main one. Compared to the previous movie I do like the clean style, the ferocity and efficiency of each fight, the lack of tournament style effects and costumes, the light - as opposed to the all-dark environment in the previous, but at the same time that darkness feels synonymous with Tekken. I imagine this could have done just as well, if not better, on it's own, independent from the Tekken franchise. Or at least without the 2 in the title.
rated 3/5: not bad