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Tekken Producer: "That Hollywood Movie Is Terrible"

Hollywood wrecking video games is nothing new. But it's about time that an annoyed game producer finally stood up and said something.

The "Tekken" movie didn't exactly enjoy widespread critical acclaim, and Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada was none too happy about it arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray in Japan this week. According to GameStop citing Harada's reply to a fan on his Twitter page, the game producer is clearly upset about the whole fiasco.

"That Hollywood movie is terrible. We were not able to supervise that movie. (It was [a] cruel contract.)"

Then, after another fan called the movie a "disaster" and begged Harada not to let it happen again, the producer made it plain that he had little to no control over the proceedings: "Please don't ask me about that movie," he wrote. "We did not have the supervision right. I don't want [to] talk about that." The idea for a film had been around since 2002 but after nothing happened for a while, it reemerged in 2007 with director Dwight Little heading the project. Little's credits include "Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid" and "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home."

But obviously, the "Tekken" effort didn't work and this is an example of a game maker who watched helplessly as the film bombed. In the future, you can bet more designers are going to demand that they be very "hands-on" when Hollywood wants to mess with another game series.

Tags: tekken, tekken movie, tekken 6

8/10/2010 9:17:34 PM John Shepard

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Comments (50 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 9:57:58 PM
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Here's the thing, you make sure you retain creative control in the contract or you don't let the movie be made!

That said I kinda want to see it now just to see the women in those outfits. :)

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kraygen
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 10:01:14 PM

Beat me to the contract remark. I like that new pic, world.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 11:21:25 PM

Thanks, Squall is a personal favorite.

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johnld
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:35:50 AM

is that what naughty dog did with the uncharted movie? if so then bring it on naughty dog. i'll buy every collectors edition or a trilogy even though i have the first 2 games.

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Pandacastro
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 2:17:26 AM

lol I like that commercial

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kraygen
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 10:00:35 PM
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With a resume like that, they should have known the director would only make worthless drivel. He says they didn't have any control, but you know they chose to agree to that contract which means they gave the studio the right to make the movie without their input.

Just goes to show you should always read every last word before you sign. Listen up devs, don't want your games destroyed on the silver screen, better not sign stupid contracts.

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Mornelithe
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 10:03:23 PM
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At this point, it should be painfully clear that any and all 2D/3D fighter games, should always be animated. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, and even though the Tekken animated movie was kinda...strange (Dinosaurs...? Really?), it was still vastly better than what I've seen regarding the live-action move they're...regurgitating.

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cLoudou
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 5:02:58 PM

You forget? In Tekken Dinosaurs exist. Remember Gon and Alex

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 10:22:22 PM
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any movie that is made by someone who had the audacity to make a free willy 2 is going to be terrible

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 10:30:10 PM
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I always assumed it would be bad, but to it's credit, I kind of like how they really tried to properly represent the look of the characters and costumes. Some movies like to re-invent appearances. Even then, the whole thing looks cheaply produced.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 11:23:46 PM

I was very unimpressed with the costumes in both the decent Mortal Kombat and the terribly abysmal DOA. The girl who played Kasumi would have looked so good in the original threadbare outfit. (of course she would have needed implants)

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johnld
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:41:27 AM

@world
was that the same girl from sin city? i think her name was devon aoki. i agree, i wouldve preferred to have seen this

http://www.kipi-fan.com/forum/index.php?automodule=gallery&cmd=sc&cat=283

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 1:03:02 AM

yeah I think that's her, and from one of the Fast and Furious movies.

As for that link... umm yeah that's how you do sexy!

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johnld
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 4:16:37 AM

the only thing kotaku was good for, hahaha.

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556pineapple
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 10:31:55 PM
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Reading this reminded me that the Shadow of the Colossus movie is being written by the same guy who wrote The Legend of Chun-Li, and now I'm extremely depressed. Hollywood should just lay off completely, or hand over control to the people who made the games.

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Pandacastro
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 2:16:27 AM

There making a Shadow of the Colossus movie??

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kraygen
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 2:21:07 AM

I didn't realize they were making said movie, but the statement you made has made me want to cry.

How do ppl who make such crap keep getting jobs.

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gumbi
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 9:07:50 AM

I heard that project got canned. And I was elated to hear it. Now... I must do more research to assure myself that this guaranteed travesty will never come to be.

An SOTC movie just shouldn't happen... ever! That game was such a unique and all together amazing experience. No one could ever capture it's essence in film. It's just a bad, bad, bad idea. Seriously, unless you can get someone like James Cameron or Peter Jackson to take on this project (which we all know won't happen) then I say just let it be.

eugh... my head hurts.

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556pineapple
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 8:11:33 PM

@pandacastro and kraygen: Yeah, I first heard about the project about a year ago, I believe even from this site.

@gumbi: I never heard anything about it being canned, but I haven't heard any updates in a while either, so you may be right. I HOPE you're right, because, as you said, a project like that should be handled by the masters, or just left alone.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 10:57:53 PM
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Why does Hollywood bother? Do they just make this sh*t cheap enough so that it will turn a profit no matter what?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 11:24:25 PM

I think you hit the nail on the head.

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:51:01 AM

Doesn't matter how substandard it is, there's a market of gamers out there who'll buy it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 11:24:55 PM
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I think there is a rule that for a video game movie you HAVE to get the crappiest bottom-feediest directors and producers.

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johnld
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:42:52 AM

they're trying to make it so people would thing videogames are crap so that more people would start watching their movie rehashes again. way to play dirty hollywood.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:01:50 AM
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If the ladies in the picture are supposed to be examples of the 'babes' in the movie playing the babes in the game, I can only suppose that the casting director doesn't like pretty faces. If you're going to make a movie of an arcade game with cute babes fighting each other. You have no story to lean on, so the eye candy has to be AAA. To my eyes at least, this would appear be a further problem for this movie.

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johnld
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:47:50 AM

crappy movie means that the actresses in them MUST be hot. hell, i bought the legend of chunli dvd for one reason, kristin kreuk. i still havent watched the dvd because the actual movie scarred me. i mean how can you mispronounce shadaloo when it was written on screen as such. not to mention chris klein, he ruined a messed up movie. i dont know what possesed me and my friends to watch it after seeing all the reviews.

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kraygen
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 2:23:45 AM

I saw it too and man, I never imagined it could be so bad. Luckily I only paid $1 to see it. Movie rental place going out of business. thank goodness, even tho it wasn't worth the $1, I'm glad I didn't pay more.

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BeezleDrop
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:19:26 AM
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So it was bad, but could it be ever possibly be as bad as any of the Street Fighter movies? Nope, those movies transcend the very definition of terrible.

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:52:15 AM

I assume you mean live action?

I enjoyed the animated movie.

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Pandacastro
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 2:21:13 AM
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I think the fake god of war movie is better than any movie based on a game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rylS-X0s-KM

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___________
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 3:45:33 AM
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i really dont buy his excuse, i mean you created the series so you have a say on what goes in or out of a movie based on your creation!
its like sony doing a uncharted movie, and it sucks than ND say o sorry we did not have much control over that.
you created the series, so wherever it turns up its your responsibility to make sure its up to spec.
if i start up a company, and my employees do a shoddy job who gets the blame, them or me?
the fact of the matter is, its his idea, his creation so wherever it goes he is responsible for it.

though i have to admit, the new MK movie does not look to shabby at all!
cant wait for that, or the game im a little disappointed though its in 2D and the 3 combat systems are gone.
that was the best addition to MK ever! they are FOOLS to remove it!
mixing combos across 3 combat modes was so cool, i remember trying to do sparky almost sent me insane!

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snypa_69
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 5:42:56 AM

New mortal Kombat movie looks well sweet!!
How Bad-a$$ do scorpion and sub zero look!!
Gutted Baraka killed Cage tho.

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___________
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 9:10:46 AM

yea they do look cool!
i was glad cage is gone i absolutely HATE him!
his such a pretty boy, him and sonya are the only 2 MK characters i cant stand!

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 4:03:02 AM
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I was nearly in tears when i saw the trailer, Tekken had the potential to be so much more. If i were to do it i would start with a prologue wit ha fight scene between Heihachi and Kazuya on the cliff, then have the opening a live action replica of the T2 intro and then have the story revolve around the 2nd game. ending with the battle with the devil. Maybe when i become a famous movie director i will sort it out lol.

I hated how they just slapped all the battles into the cage like in in T4. Tekken is not UFC. i would have fight scenes in interesting locations and involve the Mishima empire.

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 5:05:14 AM
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Games based on a movie always suck while movies based on a game always suck as well.

The hell?
WHEN WILL THEY LEARN!!!

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 3:11:22 PM

I beg to differ with Silent Hill that is enjoyable.

Also the game the Warriors, acts to a prequel to the movie and it's well told.

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Fane1024
Friday, August 13, 2010 @ 7:18:14 PM

Change "always" to "usually" and you have a point.

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snypa_69
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 5:44:16 AM
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Screw Tekken film. New mortal Kombat film looks militant!!
I like the way they are toning it down slightly to go for a more realistic setting.
Sonya still looks fit too :-) lolz

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JackC8
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 8:12:26 AM
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Well of course the movie was terrible, has he been living on another planet for the last 10 years? LOL.

I don't mind stuff like Red Faction having a SyFy Channel movie, because you know it's going to be low budget crap (but hopefully entertaining crap), and everybody can have a good laugh and it stirs up some publicity for the upcoming game. But actually expecting Hollywood, of all places, to make a "good" movie...good grief.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 8:52:50 AM

The SciFi (hate SyFy) channel has a pretty good track record with TV shows. And the Red Faction movie is a pilot for a TV series.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 9:22:45 AM
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Ha! @ those girls in the photo.

It's like they took a gander at the pixelated depictions in the earlier games and found exact look alike babes with pixelated faces!

HA!

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vicious54
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 9:54:21 AM
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How unfortunate for the Tekken team to have this piece of garbage associated with their game. Judging by the picture, the movie looks terrible.

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DeathOfChaos
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 10:31:43 AM
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Nothing is worse than the Chun-Li movie or yet, the Dragon Ball movie. When it came out on DVD, it was called the 'Z' edition, lol.

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carl0975
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:57:17 PM

I died inside after seeing Evolution.

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KNG201
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 11:47:07 AM
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IMO...all fighting game movies suck period....what did u expect its a game with no cinematics and very unexplained storylines. Here...SCENE 1 - PAUL VS. LAW ROUND 1 FIGHT!, winner PAUL! SCENE 2 - PAUL VS ....well u get the idea. HOLLYWOOD picks the stupidest games to make a movie. I think they try to bad produce movies of games out of jealously.....
GAMES ARE RISING MOVIES ARE DROPPING....they see UNCHARTED and thats what hollywood dont want to be....lol uncharted..

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Underdog15
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:33:15 PM

Yeah. To be fair, though, many games worth making a movie off of don't end up getting movies due to smart dev's. A good example is Kojima's Metal Gear Solid. There were movie talks there, too, but he's unwilling to give up rights. And good thing too, imo!!

Good movies come from the devs who started the games. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is AMAZING on blu-ray. (Why they cut so much out of the DVD, I'll never know!! There's literally over a half hour more footage on blu-ray left out of the DVD that makes the movie MUCH MUCH MUCH clearer.)

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CharlesD
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 12:11:30 PM
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I would be happy if they ever made a decent game-based movie. But for that to happen you would really need the producer and director directly involved with the developer and head artists of the game in question. Oh, and the script have a once over as well.

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KNG201
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 3:01:40 PM
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kojima saw the contract and said.... SNAKE? SNAKE? NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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ceedot
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 5:06:01 AM
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uh.... they used miguel, and dragonov. they were in dark ressurection.... no one knows who the fu** they are! and eddy and christie didn't seem to know each other, and christie didn't even do capoeira. jun died from jacks (which didn't look like jacks) rather than orge in tekken 3. it wasn't very well thought of at all.

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hadouken
Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 1:56:26 PM
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I seen this last night and yes it is awful. The only good thing is the williams sisters and Christie.

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