3.0/10
3,977
45 user 14 critic

The King of Fighters (2010)

Trailer
1:27 | Trailer
Live-action feature based on the video game "King of Fighters".

Director:

Gordon Chan

Writers:

Rita Augustine (story), Chris Chow (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

When a teenager, Chun-Li witnesses the kidnapping of her father by wealthy crime lord M. Bison. When she grows up, she goes into a quest for vengeance and becomes the famous crime-fighter of the Street Fighter universe.

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Neal McDonough, Michael Clarke Duncan
Animation | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The show follows Kyo arriving in South Town where he must run into another formidable fighter, Terry. Ten years have passed since tragedy that changed his life forever.

Stars: Yue Bai, Yiwei Chen, Sen Fu
Tekken (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Jin Kazama witnesses the death of his mother Jun by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. After finding a Tekken ID he decides to seek out vengeance for his mother's death.

Director: Dwight H. Little
Stars: Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

The disillusioned general of an ancient Chinese army regiment finds himself stranded in a village populated by a strange clan with mystical connections to wolves.

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian
Stars: Joe Odagiri, Maggie Q, Tsung-Hua To
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

Suffering from amnesia, a young man trying to discover his true identity is kidnapped by an underground crime organization and turned into a ruthless assassin.

Director: Wych Kaosayananda
Stars: Kane Kosugi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rade Serbedzija
Priest (2011)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Director: Scott Stewart
Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q
Dragon Squad (2005)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Interpol agents and gangsters battle in Hong Kong.

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Vanness Wu, Shawn Yue, Yu Xia
I Love Maria (1988)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Hero Gang is a nasty group of thugs terrorizing Hong Kong with their killer robots, Pioneers 1 and 2. While Pioneer 1 looks like an oridinary robot, Pioneer 2 has been modelled on Maria... See full summary »

Directors: David Chung, Hark Tsui
Stars: John Sham, Sally Yeh, Hark Tsui
Street Fighter: Resurrection (TV Series 2016)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The long-presumed dead Charlie Nash is back, and is targeting legendary Street Fighter champions for mysterious reasons. Ken and Ryu must uncover his lethal plan and discover if he is ally or enemy.

Stars: Alain Moussi, Mike Moh, Christian Howard
Covert Affairs (2010–2014)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Fresh out of the farm, Annie Walker must adapt to the challenging life of a CIA operative under the guidance of her handler, Auggie. But soon she realizes her recruit might have to do with her last boyfriend rather than her talent.

Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett
Pursuit of Love I (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Amidst the sweeping cityscape of cosmopolitan Hong Kong, an ex-Marine falls in love with a ballerina from China. Against mounting cultural and religious pressure, the two star-crossed lovers risk it all in pursuit of true love.

Director: Stanley J. Orzel
Stars: Jennifer Birmingham Lee, Candy Cheung, Joman Chiang
Freerunner (2011)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

With a ticking bomb locked to his neck, a young freerunner races against the clock and all types of baddies to get from one end of the city to the other to save himself and his girlfriend.

Director: Lawrence Silverstein
Stars: Sean Faris, Tamer Hassan, Rebecca Da Costa
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Q ... Mai Shiranui
Sean Faris ... Kyo Kusanagi
Will Yun Lee ... Iori Yagami
Ray Park ... Rugal
David Leitch ... Terry Bogard
Françoise Yip ... Chizuru Kagura (as Francoise Yip)
Hiro Kanagawa ... Saisyu Kusanagi
Bernice Liu ... Vice
Monique Ganderton ... Mature
Doug Abrahams ... Mick O'meara
Candus Churchill ... Berta
Robin Nielsen Robin Nielsen ... Junior Agent
Scott Patey ... Scott Hana
Toshi Haraguchi Toshi Haraguchi ... Takao Iwata
Sam Hargrave ... Sam (as Samuel Hargrave)
Edit

Storyline

Two of three powerful artifacts allow Rugal Bernstein, a man of evil intent, to enter and control an alternate dimension where gamers have been entering into martial arts combat for fun. From there, he awaits adversaries, killing them rather than defeating them so that he alone will remain as The King of Fighters. As Rugal possesses lesbian lovers Vice and Mature to aid him, undercover CIA agent Mai Shiranui teams up with Iori Yagami and Kyo Kusanagi to stop him before he can unleash a dread spirit named Orochi upon Mankind. Written by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A tournament of legends.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan | Taiwan | Germany | Canada | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2010 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ősök kardja See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$502,153
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was released on the 10th anniversary of The King of Fighters 2000. See more »

Quotes

Terry Bogard: ...so could SOMEBODY please tell me how I can be in the most technologically advanced country in the world and not get one decent surveillance camera?
Junior Agent: I don't know.
Terry Bogard: Don't all answer at once.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: BMB Spoony Experiment: Tekken (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Never Been So Nice
Written by Jeffery Alan Jones
Published by JAJ Productions (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: The King of Fighters
25 March 2010 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

If there's one video game that I suck at big time, it will be The King of Fighters. Already I was struggling back then with mastering all the Street Fighter character moves, then this game came along, where one has to master 3 characters as a group and face them off either with some artificial intelligence (now programmed to be smarter at your neighbourhood video game store), or with another human challenger who finds it easy to cream me with one character in full energy left to spare.

Things have been relatively low key for the film version of the video game, and perhaps rightly so since it's not automatic that films from Japanese video games, manga and animation make that dignified live-action leap onto the silver screen, most falling short in the process – last year's disastrous Dragon Ball Evolution and the lacklustre Street Fighter Legend of Chun Li being very recent examples of the bad aftertaste left at the box office. Audience these days demand a lot more, and the in-built fan base no longer representing a ready market, but a base of high expectations that are difficult to meet even as they are aware some tweaks to characters and story lines are necessary for the change of medium. This Gordon Chan directed effort however, is expected to fall short given the extremely flimsy, cookie cutter storyline that reeks, and for an action film, the cardinal sin of having limited action, almost all of which are left to the last 30 minutes.

Maggie Q marquees this film as Mai Shianui, working undercover for Terry Bogard (David Leitch) of the CIA (I hear yawns already) to hook up with Iori Yagami (Will Yun Lee) who teaches her the background myth of having a necklace and a mirror combined to open a door to another dimension. There's a sword in the picture as well belonging to the Kusanagi clan, but one rumored to be lost, and required by chief villain Rugal Bernstein (Ray Park) in order to reign supreme in the King of Fighters MMORPG since he's stolen the other two items and tweaked the system so that his rules apply in the virtual world and is working to combine all dimensions and realms into one. That's basically it, with the heroes trying to convince the Kusanagi clan heir Kyo (Sean Faris who plays a half-Japanese, that explains his Caucasian looks) to cough out the legendary sword, and stop Rugal from destroying civilization.

What's neat is how Rita Augustine and Matthew Ryan Fischer managed to fuse the fantastical elements of the fights that nods at the Matrix experience, with combatants jacked in through bluetooth-like earpieces in order to fight in the virtual MMORPG dimension complete with superhuman powers from the game, though the fights during the first hour had just a very little glimpse of what the finale would promise. The King of Fighters then is a tournament where combatants rise in the ranks through each victory, though with the compromise now by Rugal, death in the dimension also means death in the real world.

What didn't work, happens to be a lot of things. For starters, we have the usual cardboard characters (OK, so this is based on a video game) with CIA agents, hokey Japanese philosophy talk, and just about every situation, setting and background of the characters being extremely contrived. As mentioned the first hour of the film is talk, talk and more talk on the usual genre themes like responsibility and destiny, Then you have heroes who are reluctant and blur, and how one gets transformed from zero to hero is absolutely baffling based on pep talks from memory. The quest for the Kusunagi sword also happens in the most roundabout fashion just to bloat the film's runtime, and amongst all the characters, Terry Bogard happens to be the most carelessly designed on screen with that out of place jacket and baseball cap (keeping to the game I know), with a really obnoxious, ignorant attitude, and a CIA dimwit a-hole to boot.

The fight sequences happened to be a mixed bag, though Hong Kong influences are very heavy in the way the fisticuffs are designed. Special effects inspired by the game are also limited, which is most unfortunate as the game is famed for the various combo-moves that the characters can execute, which is all but lost in the film version. Even then, whatever effects all seemed to be reserved for the extended battle sequence at the finale for an all-out duke out, and audiences will have to be patient with all the talk for the first hour before things start to get remotely interesting since all the money shots get concentrated toward the end.

Naturally movies of this nature will have an ending primed for sequels to continue where it left off especially when the box office response is positive, but my money's on the "Nay" list. If I have to compare, then this is ahead of Dragonball and The Legend of Chun Li, but only just.


15 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 45 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed