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The Asian ApertureThe King of Fighters (2010)
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, September 24, 2011    Share

Throughout the years there have been numerous movies based on video games that absolutely suck. From the Van Damme bomb that was Street Fighter to Mortal Kombat: Annihilation to more recent trash such as Dead or Alive in 2006 all failed to entertain. That is why I approached The King of Fighters movie hesitantly. The King of Fighters is a highly popular video game series. The question still lingers, is it watchable?
The lovely and talented Maggie Q

The King of Fighters movie alternates between the real world and another dimension where a tournament is held. Anyone who wants to participate simply puts on a Bluetooth headset and is transported to that world where anything goes in savage street combat. The movie opens with Mai Shiramui, played by Maggie Q, (Rush Hour II, Mission Impossible III,) and Iori Yagami, played by Will Yun Lee, are at a museum that has three Japanese relics on display, the Kagura Mirror, the Yagami Necklace, and the Kusanagi Sword. Renegade badboy, Rugal Bernstein, blasts his way into the museum and takes off with the three treasures. He uses their combined power to transport him into an alternative dimension and takes over the tournament. Rugal's next move is to kidnap two lesbian lovers and enslaves both to fight on his side. One of the girls calls all her fighter friends to trick them into entering the tournament. That is when things get interesting.

Unlike other martial arts movies, there are no long training sequences or annoying flashbacks that take up most of the running time. The flashbacks are short and actually advance the plot. Giving credit where it is due, the martial arts scenes are spread out instead of one after another. The ending doesn’t have the usual predictable outcome. Each fighter has to go up against the powerful Rugal, who fights just to prove how strong he is. Ultimately, all the fighters involved have to join together just to make it out alive.

The King of Fighters is a great action movie that contains beautiful martial arts scenes and actually has a plot and is based on a video game series. After my initial viewing, I was pumped up to watch it again.

Highly Recommended 5 out of 5 Stars

"The Asian Aperture" is ©2011 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2011 by Nolan B. Canova.

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