Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment are slated to release the live-action Tekken movie on Blu-ray and DVD July 19th. In related news, holy shit, they made a Tekken movie.

Granted, a movie version of '90s fighting game Tekken was never going to be as high-profile as, say, the floundering Bioshock project. But even taking that into account...did anybody even know they were making a Tekken movie? I feel hugely let down by the never-ending barrage of obscure press releases that fill my inbox on a daily basis.

So anyway, yeah. They made a Tekken movie. Hopefully it will be able to uphold the high standards set by similar fighting-game movies such as the Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter series (poor Raul Julia). I'll be the first to admit that I know not one whit about Tekken, so I'll just let the PR synopsis speak for itself:

The videogame of the future comes to full live-action life when Anchor Bay Films and Manga Entertainment release Tekken on July 19th. Directed by Dwight H. Little (Bones, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers), Tekken stars Jon Foo, Kelly Overton (The Ring Two), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Planet of the Apes, Pearl Harbor, Balls of Fury), Ian Anthony Dale (The Hangover, The Bucket List), Darrin DeWitt Henson (Stomp the Yard, Soul Food), former world champion kickboxer Gary Daniels (The Expendables), MMA fighters Cung Le (Pandorum, Dragon Eyes), and Roger Huerta, Luke Goss (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Blade II), and Tamlyn Tomita (The Day After Tomorrow, The Joy Luck Club). A Crystal Sky Production, Tekken will be available as a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo for $39.99 SRP, as well as a standard DVD edition for $26.98 SRP.

The year is 2039. World wars have destroyed everything and territories are run by corporations, the mightiest -- and cruelest -- of which is Tekken. Jin Kazama (John Foo) witnesses the death of his mother Jun (Tomita) by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. Vowing vengeance, and armed only with his street smarts and raw fighting skills, he enters a dangerous and potentially deadly combat tournament, where he must defeat the world’s most elite fighters to become the “King of the Iron Fist.”

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