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Running time101 minutesCountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishBudget$18 millionBox office$122.1 millionMortal Kombat is a 1995 American written by Kevin Droney, directed by, produced by, and starring,. It is a loose adaptation of the early entries in the series and the first installment of the live-action.The plot of the film follows the warrior monk, the actor, and the soldier, all three guided by the god (spelled Rayden in the movie), on their journey to combat the evil sorcerer and his forces in a tournament to save Earth. The film's primary source material was 1992's, but it was also inspired by and incorporates elements of 1993's follow-up game.Mortal Kombat, a Lawrence Kasanoff/ production in association with, was filmed primarily in Los Angeles, as well as on location in Thailand, and premiered on August 18, 1995 in the United States.
It received mixed reviews from the critics with praise towards its martial art sequences, atmosphere, exotic locations and production values whereas the performances were criticized along with the simple script and the PG-13 rating. Its tie-in media included hit soundtracks, and, and an animated film, Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins.Mortal Kombat spent three weeks as the number-one film at the U.S. Box office, earning over $122 million worldwide.
Threshold Entertainment followed with a 1997 sequel film, and created two spin-off television series,. Was used in the film's opening for a fight between Shang Tsung and Liu Kang's brotherand his comrades, action movie star and military officer were handpicked by, the god of thunder and defender of the Earth realm, to overcome their powerful adversaries in order to prevent Outworld from winning their tenth straight Mortal Kombat tournament. Each of the three has his or her own reason for competing: Liu seeks revenge against the tournament host for killing his brother Chan; Sonya seeks revenge on an Australian crime lord for murdering a fellow officer; and Cage, having been branded as a fake by the media, seeks to prove otherwise. Johnny and Sonya are unaware of the supernatural and of the true nature of the tournament at first, but are gradually convinced.
Phra Nang beach was used for the fight between Liu Kang and KitanaAt Shang Tsung's island, Liu is attracted to, the Emperor's adopted daughter. Aware that Kitana is a dangerous adversary because she is the rightful heir to Outworld and that she will attempt to ally herself with the Earth warriors, Tsung orders the creature to spy on her. Liu defeats his first opponent and Sonya gets her revenge on Kano by snapping his neck. Cage encounters and barely beats. Liu engages in a brief duel with Kitana, who secretly offers him cryptic advice for his next battle. Liu's next opponent is, whose defense seems untouched because of his ice powers until Liu recalls Kitana's advice and uses it to kill Sub-Zero.Prince enters the tournament and crushes every opponent he faces.
One of Cage's peers, Art Lean, is defeated by Goro as well and has his soul taken by Shang Tsung. Sonya worries that they may not win against Goro, but Rayden reassures them, declaring that their own fears and egos are preventing them from winning the tournament. Rayden points out Cage's fears of accepting he's a fake, and Sonya's reluctance in accepting help when she needs it, then calls Liu Kang out for fleeing to America, which caused him to disgrace his ancestor and indirectly resulted in his brother's death.
Was used as the place of confrontation between Liu Kang and RaydenDespite Sonya's warnings, Cage approaches Shang Tsung to demand a fight with Goro upon the realization that, as Mortal Kombat, the competition favors the mortal Earthrealm fighters. The sorcerer accepts on the condition that he be allowed to challenge any opponent of his choosing, and though Rayden tries to intervene, he is too late as the conditions are set. He is nonetheless impressed when Cage shows his awareness of the gravity of the tournament.
Cage faces Goro and uses guile and the element of surprise to defeat the defending champion, who falls off a cliff to his death. The desperate Tsung abducts Sonya and takes her to Outworld as his chosen opponent. Knowing that his own powers are ineffective there and that Sonya cannot defeat Tsung, Rayden sends Liu and Cage into Outworld in order to rescue Sonya and challenge the sorcerer. In Outworld, Liu is attacked by Reptile, but eventually defeats him. Kitana then meets up with the mortals, revealing to them the origins of both herself and her home realm of Outworld. She helps them to infiltrate Tsung's castle while advising Liu Kang about three challenges in the castle: facing his enemy, himself, and then his worst fear.Inside the castle tower, Shang Tsung attempts to goad Sonya into fighting him, falsely claiming that her refusal to accept will result in the Earthrealm forfeiting the tournament. All seems lost until Kitana, Liu, and Cage, disguised as Tsung's Shadow Priests, appear on the scene.
Kitana berates Tsung for his treachery to the Outworld emperor, claiming that his arrogance and greed will cost him the tournament if he doesn't honor his deal. As Johnny frees Sonya, Tsung challenges him to final combat but is counter-challenged by Liu.During the lengthy battle, Liu faces not only Tsung but also the souls of the warriors that Tsung had forcibly taken in past tournaments. In a last-ditch attempt to take advantage, Tsung morphs into Liu's deceased brother Chan. Seeing through the charade, Liu renews his determination and ultimately fires an energy blast at the sorcerer, knocking him off a ledge and fatally impaling him on a spike bed. Tsung's death releases all of the captive souls, including Chan's. Before ascending to the afterlife, Chan tells Liu that he will remain with him in spirit until they are once again reunited.The fighters return to Earthrealm, where a victory celebration is taking place at the Shaolin temple, but the jubilation halts when a giant figure suddenly appears in the roiling and darkened sky; the Emperor has come for the fighters' souls. Rayden declares 'I don't think so,' and the warriors take up fighting stances.Cast.
as, god of thunder and protector of Earthrealm who guides the warriors on their journey. Warfare 1917 online. He desires to aid the heroes in defending Earthrealm, but as he himself is not mortal, he is not permitted to participate in the tournament and may only advise them and act to prevent cheating. as, a former Shaolin monk, who enters the tournament to avenge his brother's death. He is also Kitana's love interest and among the first who notice her sympathy towards Earthrealm.
As in most of the games in the Mortal Kombat series, Liu Kang is the main protagonist. This was Shou's second American film, as his first American role was in 1990, the made-for-television film.
as, a powerful, sadistic and treacherous demon sorcerer, he is the film's main antagonist who kills Liu Kang's brother Chan. Tagawa was the filmmakers' first and only choice for the role; he was instantly selected after he came to his audition in costume, and read his lines while standing on a chair. Tagawa was allowed to play a 'relatively young' version of Shang Tsung in order to avoid the excessive makeup that would have been required to duplicate the character's aged appearance in the first game. as, a superstar who enters the tournament to prove to the world that his martial arts skills are legitimate. Ashby trained in, and especially for this film. Despite the intensity of the fight scenes coupled with the actors performing most of their own stunts, on-set injuries were minimal; the only notable occurrence was a bruised kidney Ashby suffered while shooting Cage's fight scene with Scorpion. as, an American officer pursuing Kano after he kills her partner.
Wilson, who was jokingly nicknamed 'RoboBabe' during production by director, performed all her own stunts, including fight scenes. as, the Outworld emperor's adopted daughter who decides to help the Earth warriors. She is attracted to Liu Kang, who reciprocates and takes her advice to go further.
Soto had previously appeared alongside Tagawa in. as, an Australian underworld crime boss who joins forces with Shang Tsung. as, an undead warrior under Shang Tsung's control. Mortal Kombat co-creator voiced the character. as, a cryomancer warrior under Shang Tsung's control.
The rivalry between Scorpion and Sub-Zero is briefly mentioned by Shang Tsung at the beginning of the movie. as, a creature who serves Shang Tsung. Cooke portrayed the character's human form, while his lizard form was. Reptile's vocal effects were provided by Frank Welker. Tom Woodruff, Jr.
As, prince of the subterranean realm of Shokan and general of the armies of Outworld. Goro is the reigning champion of Mortal Kombat.
provides the speaking voice of, while his vocal effects are provided by Frank Welker. Kenneth Edwards as Art Lean, a martial artist and friend of Johnny Cage who competes in the tournament. as Chan Kang, Liu Kang's younger brother. Gregory McKinney as, Sonya's Special Forces partner. Was originally cast, but passed away from pancreatic cancer on December 18, 1993, at the age of 41. as Master Boyd, Johnny Cage's sensei. provides the voice of the.
as the director of Cage's latest film. This part was originally intended as a cameo by, but scheduling conflicts forced him to back out.Production. This section needs additional citations for. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: – ( October 2019) Though the film is based on the original Mortal Kombat game, characters and gameplay elements from its sequel, were incorporated. The otherworldly dimension of Outworld was not formally mentioned until the second game, in which Jax, Kitana, and, the game's final, also make their official debuts; Kahn briefly appears in the film's closing scene and is identified only as 'the Emperor' throughout. Shang Tsung's soul-stealing power was first visualized in MKII as one of his finishing moves, while Liu Kang uses his 'Bicycle Kick' special move from the game.
After he kills Scorpion in his fight, Cage then drops an autographed picture of himself near his remains, in a reference to his finishing move. Shang Tsung's robed Shadow Priests, seen before the final battle, were first seen in the second game as background characters.was originally cast as Sonya Blade, but dropped out due to a wrist injury and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson. Was originally cast to play Jax, but he died from a year before production on the film began. Was the filmmakers' first choice to play Johnny Cage, but his death at the set of forced them to re-cast the role. was offered the role but turned it down in order to do and the role eventually went to Linden Ashby. , and all auditioned for the role of Liu Kang. Was used as the entrance to Shang Tsung's fortressFilming began in August 1994 and ended in December 1994.
The Outworld exterior scenes were filmed at the abandoned steel mill (now the ) in, while all of Goro's scenes were filmed in Los Angeles. Shooting locations in Thailand were accessible only by boat, so cast, crew and equipment had to be transported on long canoe-style vessels. Gerrit Folsom constructed an outhouse in a secluded area near the set in order to alleviate the problem of repeated trips to and from the mainland. Filming locations in Thailand include the and temples. The arrival of Earth's contestants via boats, Liu Kang's meditation scene and the fight between Liu Kang and Kitana were filmed at the and the Phra Nang Beach, respectively.
The bows of the boats were fitted with ornamental dragon-head carvings and used in the movie as the fighters' secondary transport to Shang Tsung's island from his personal.Robin Shou said that in the original script he 'was supposed to fall in love with Talisa Soto Kitana. I was looking forward to it, but they thought we have so much action, we don't want to add romance to it.
They cut it out.' Also scripted but not filmed were a short battle between Sonya and, another of Shang Tsung's servants, and a scene where Shang Tsung allowed the heroes a night to mourn the loss of Art Lean and bury him in the Garden of Statues, underneath the statue of. The character of Reptile was originally omitted from the script but later added in response to being unimpressed with the film's early fight sequences. Robin Shou and Paul W. Anderson noted that neither knew what Reptile's lizard form would look like until after filming, making the pre-fight sequence difficult to shoot.The film was originally scheduled for a May 1995 U.S. Release, but was pushed back to August.
According to co-producer Larry Kasanoff, this was because 's executives felt the film had the potential to be a summer hit. It was released on October 20 in the United Kingdom, and on December 26 in Australia.Other media Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins On April 11, 1995, and released a tie-in animated film on and, titled Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins. Serving as a prequel to the feature film, it follows the protagonists Liu Kang, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade as they travel on a mysterious boat to the Mortal Kombat tournament. On the way they meet Rayden, who provides them with some hints about how to survive the tournament and defeat Shang Tsung and his army of Tarkatan minions. Upon arriving at the island where the battles takes place, Rayden retells the origins of Shang Tsung, Goro, Scorpion, Sub-Zero and the in between fight scenes.The film featured a combination of, and to explain the origins behind some of the movie's main characters, as well as a fifteen-minute behind-the-scenes documentary of the theatrical release. Trailers of the film were seen on the promotional VHS copy, and on other VHS releases from.
The film was included on the Mortal Kombat released in April 2011.Novelization A of the movie by 'Martin Delrio' ( and ) was released through. It is based on an early version of the film's script, and as such it includes several deleted or unfilmed scenes, such as a fight between Sonya Blade and.Music is the instrumental score album with the music by, released by on October 11, 1995. Is the compilation album released by on August 15, 1995. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack went in less than a year reaching No.
Reception Box office Mortal Kombat opened on August 18, 1995, and was #1 at the box office for the weekend, with $23.2 million, nearly eight times the opening amount of the only other new release that weekend,. At the time, it was the second-highest August opening after 1993's. The film enjoyed a three-week stint at number one, grossed $70 million domestically, and earned an estimated $122 million worldwide. As of June 2019, the film sits as the fifth highest-grossing video game adaptation ever released in the US, behind,. Critical response Mortal Kombat received a score of 47% on sampled from 38 reviews, with an average score of 4.5/10. The site's consensus reads: 'Despite an effective otherworldly atmosphere and appropriately cheesy visuals, Mortal Kombat suffers from its poorly constructed plot, laughable dialogue, and subpar acting.'
Gave the film a rating of 58/100, based on reviews from 12 critics, indicating 'mixed or average reviews'. Audiences polled by gave the film an average grade of 'A-' on an A+ to F scale.of called Mortal Kombat 'a contentedly empty-headed extended advertisement for the joy of joypads (filmed in cheesily ornate cinema de )' and too noted how it 'is notably free of blood and gore.' According to of, ' Mortal Kombat might be described as mythological. Although there is talk of the three kombatants' having to face their deepest fears to prevail, the action is so frenetic and the dialogue so minimal that the allegory is weightless.' Said he was 'right in the middle' and noted that the fans might be disappointed by the film's killings being much less brutal than the notoriously violent Mortal Kombat video games.
Similar to Ebert, Marc Savlov from mentioned that ' It's the cinematic equivalent of cotton candy and Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, but you may recall, you loved that stuff as a kid. I know I did' giving it a 2.5/5 star rating. Laura Evenson from mentioned 'Mortal Kombat the movie has everything a teenage boy could want: snakes that jut out of a villain's palms, acrobatic kung- fu fighting and a couple of battling babes. Everything, that is, but an interesting plot, decent dialogue and compelling acting' commenting however that it will likely become a cult classic.of gave the film a much more positive review, writing that 'as impressive as the special effects are at every turn, even more crucial is Jonathan Carlson's superb, imaginative production design, which combines Thailand exteriors with vast sets that recall the barbaric grandeur of exotic old movie palaces and campy epics. 's glorious, shadowy camera work and George S.
Clinton's driving, hard-edged score complete the task of bringing alive the perilous Outworld'. Of the gave it a 'thumbs up' rating on, calling it 'the only half-way decent video game movie he has ever seen' and 'a lot of fun,' saying he was positively surprised by its various high quality production values, including the 'often sensational' special effects, exotic locations and the cast of characters being 'clearly drawn out of appealing types'. Leonard Klady from awarded the film a 3.5/5 stars stating that 'But where others have sunk in the mire of imitation, director Paul Anderson and writer Kevin Droney effect a viable balance between exquisitely choreographed action and ironic visual and verbal counterpoint'. Kim Newman from magazine said 'By the time the big, world-saving bout comes around, it's hard not to wish that Shung Tsu sic would settle the fate of mankind by asking Liu Kang what the capital of Venezuela is. Rather than engaging him in yet another round of supernaturally assisted dirty fighting' with a final rating of 3 stars out of 5. Legacy Sequel The sequel was released in 1997, directed by John R. Leonetti (cinematographer of the first Mortal Kombat).
Only Robin Shou and Talisa Soto reprised their roles, with the others being recast. The film also stars,. Its storyline is largely an adaptation of, following a band of warriors as they attempt to save Earth from Shao Kahn himself. Although the story picks up where the last film left off, most of the lead roles were recast.In contrast to its predecessor, which was a box office success and marginally well-received, Annihilation was critically panned and underperformed at the box office. As a result, development of the planned third installment halted and never progressed beyond pre-production. In July 2009, actors Chris Casamassa (Scorpion) and Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage) separately announced that they would be reprising their respective roles from the original film, with Casamassa additionally claiming that filming would begin in September of that year, but the project did not commence production.Spin-off TV series Two television series, the animated series and the live-action series, were produced by Threshold Entertainment between 1996 and 1999.Reboot It was announced that a is currently under development and scheduled for release by on January 15, 2021.References. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
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