Why The First Game?Before the series gained a buttload of characters, most of whom having their own story arc, the original Tekken had 17 characters, whose plots hadn't grown into what they are today and a definite protagonist and antagonist. Therefore, moviemakers would have enough characters to have a decent tournament, without having to leave many out (some would have to be regulated main-character fodder and background fights sadly). Also, it has a few good level locations, so if the movie had a budget it would be pretty easy to give the movie a real Tekken quality. "But Kami, what would the movie actually be about?" Well I'm glad you asked...
For all of you know how films and other fictional media work, I'll give you my basic idea for an A, B, and possible C plots (bear in mind my narrating will be a tad disjointed).
A-Plot-The main story should definitely be about Kazuya's quest to take revenge on his father Heihachi for throwing him off a cliff when he was a child. Kazuya makes a great stereotypical "loner hero" and I don't think I need to tell you that Heihachi's an awesome villain.
Instead of a long flashback scene for exposition, I was thinking of just a shot of little Kaz falling down the cliff with Heihachi just watching at the top. I would be very nightmarish...and probably an actual nightmare for Kaz (what, I can't have a cliche or two?)
Paul Phoenix would factor in as Kazuya's unknown rival. They'd get into a scuffle before the actual tournament (ending in a draw of course), Paul declares them to be rivals, and they both enter the tournament, Paul hoping to beat Kaz because he's the strongest opponent he has ever faced (or something), and Kaz just wants to win to fight Heihachi. I'd like to work in a scene where Paul takes down Heihachi's pet Kuma 'cause dangit, I want to see Paul smack a bear!
As much as I like his almost-good portrayal in recent games, I think Lee Chaolan would best be used as The Dragon to Heihachi. He could be the lead up battle before Kaz fights Heihachi or he could fight one of the other main characters gunning for Heihachi, like Nina or Michelle.
In the end, of course, Kazuya beats Heihachi and tosses him off the same cliff (you know the one) in their final scene of the movie. It would be freaking awesome if it was a shot-by-shot copy of Kazuya's ending from the game (upload not by me), except when Kazuya turns his head, his eyes would glow red, which I will talk about know.
The moviemakers would have an excellent opportunity to foreshadow a sequel. Through the course of this hypothetical film, Kazuya could be shown to be not quite the hero unfamiliar watchers assumed he was, climaxing in the (what Kaz thought to be) death of Heihachi, subverting the "If you kill him you'll be just like him" trope (spoiler alert: he's probably worse). The existence of Devil could be foreshadowed by a purplish glow on Kazuya in the final fight, and the above-mentioned red eyes.
B-Plot-A hard choice, but I think a hybrid of Yoshimitsu's, Michelle's, and Kunimitsu's (you people will just have to come to terms with the fact that I play favorites) stories. Since, there stories aren't as intertwined in the game, all be giving you a more detailed summary than the one above.
Eighteen year-old Michelle Chang comes home one day to find that her father has been killed by Heihachi Mishima and the treasure of her tribe stolen. Vowing revenge, she enters the King of Iron Fist Tournament to avenge her father and take back what is her people's. Outfit Note: She'd be wearing her T2 Player 2 outfit for the first part and suit up in her native costume for her tournament fight (in a suiting up montage for everyone (dang this movie's long)).
Meanwhile, head of he Manji party ninjas Yoshimitsu enters the tournament to rob from the corrupt sumo wrestler Ganryu and give said money to the poor. Costume Note: Doing so while wearing his T2 outfit. I DARE you to tell me that's not cool.
Meanwhile meanwhile, ex-Manji ninja Kunimitsu enters the tournament to steal what Heihachi stole from the Native Americans (see where I'm going with this). Costume note: I'd go with her T2 outfit, because I love her mask!
Right before the tournament, in wherever it takes place (I'm not to big on the details), Yoshimitsu catches a glimpse of Kuni and recognizes her. A brief flashback to when she was dispelled from the party for stealing for her own benefit. Yoshi realizes what she's there for, and decides to stop her.
On the same night Kazuya fights Heihachi, Michelle attempts to break into his mansion to try to get back the treasure, and so does Kuni. The two have a fight scene (I'm thinking the roof), when Yoshimitsu shows up to challenge Kunimitsu, and during the confusion Michelle enters through a window, and probably fights Lee. Yoshi and Kuni have a duel while arguing over her expulsion. Yoshi appears to be winning when the ruckus cause by Heihachi and Kaz's fight allows Kunimitsu to escape.
Michelle gets back the treasure, a pendant, but doesn't get to fight Heihachi. She is consoled by her mother and is at peace. Yoshi successfully robs Ganryu and spreads the wealth. Kunimitsu is somewhere in a forest training.
I just realized this should be it's own movie, and would probably take over Kazuya's plot. Whoops.
C-Plot-Really, any one of the characters could be used for another plot (but judging from my above summary it probably won't need one), but because of her popularity (and coolness) my pick would be for Nina's assassination of Heihachi mission and her rivalry with her sister Anna (complete with a brief flashback of their childhood). Costume Note: Nina just needs to wear a purple spysuit of somesort (that covers up the necessary bits REAL TEKKEN MOVIE) And Anna could be in her red or blue dress, I'm not picky (on that at least). There big fight scene could be like the one they didn't show us between T4 and T5 (you know, where a bazooka was involved). Since I'm biased I'd make Anna a bit crazy.
What About Everyone Else?
I'm just going to assume nobody gets cuttout, and give them all a potential role, but I assume that anyone of these character's can be left out
Marshall Law-A good choice if they wanted to showoff a cool tournament fight, but there's not much else he could do.
Jack-Have someone defeat him to showcase their strength. Either Lee or Kazuya.
King-Um... Ally to Michelle? Fighter for Marshall? Again, not quite sure. I'm just going to use the word "fillies" for characters to be used in potential filler tournament matches
Ganryu-There for Yoshimitsu to rob, and a fillie
Wang-Big time fillie
Prototype Jack-Probably for robotic guards at Heihachi's mansion
Armor King-Fillie, but hopefully if he fights King the movie won't have to explain why there are two Jaguar head guys. A hint on a magazine perhaps?
As far as tournament matchups go...I'm not really sure. To make a long story short (too late), I'm guessing the character's would fight there sub-bosses from the game, with a few tweaks.
When it comes to casting, I don't really care as long as the acting is good and the actors look like their characters (I'm looking at you The Last Airbender). Heck, it could be even animated! I mean Tekken:The Motion Picture wasn't great...
I'm aware that what I've described above is a plot-monster of a movie, and it might not be a great plot (I'm sorta an amateur), but I'd like to think that what's above is a somewhat faithful adaption to a series I love, and constructive criticism is greatly appreciated.
Not quite sure what I'll do next week, probably a countdown list. Until then...
Kami "You Can't Call A Blog Cornflakes" Kamiya
P.S.Whoever knows any of the references I made gets major cool points