Mortal Kombat actor to reprise Shang Tsung role in upcoming game

midian182

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The history of video game movies is filled with crap such as the atrocious Alone in the Dark by Uwe Boll and the God-awful House of the Dead by, errmm… Uwe Boll. But Mortal Kombat is a rare exception to the rule.

It’s definitely more ‘cheesy fun’ than Oscar-worthy, but Mortal Kombat remains one of Paul W.S. Anderson’s best attempts at the genre. He was also behind the camera for the Resident Evil movie franchise, some of which aren’t too bad.

Most people might remember Mortal Kombat for the thumping techno title theme, Christopher “Highlander” Lambert’s portrayal of Lord Raiden, or that bit where Johnny Cage punches Goro in the balls. A younger version of the original game’s final boss, Shang Tsung, was played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and he is lending his voice and likeness to the latest entry in the game series, reprising the role he first played almost 15 years ago.

In addition to being the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat 11, Tagawa’s character will also act as a host and guide for The Krypt campaign mode that was introduced in Mortal Kombat X.

Mortal Kombat 11 will launch on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch on April 23, 2019. Shang Tsung will be the first of six DLC characters to arrive post-release. A beta starts on March 27 through to March 31, though it appears this will only be on the PS4 and Xbox One.

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amstech

IT Overlord
Saw this a week or so ago, pretty cool!
That first movie was a great videogame movie for a B movie.
 
I remember how the entire audience had a collective sigh of disappointment at the fake and impossible Johnny Cage kick that made thousand-pound-Goro spin around.

PAUL WS ANDERSON is so bad at making movies that he makes JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson look like Hitchcock.
 

psycros

TS Evangelist
I've never understood why they keep trying to adapt fighting games to TV and cinema. They have the least developed characters, minimal backstory and are just not suited for the screen. Is it only because martial arts flicks are cheap to make?
 

Nocturne

TS Maniac
I've never understood why they keep trying to adapt fighting games to TV and cinema. They have the least developed characters, minimal backstory and are just not suited for the screen. Is it only because martial arts flicks are cheap to make?
Tabla Rasa aka Blank Slate, fighting game characters have a minimal amount of info to convey to an audience which means writers and actors can go hog wild filling in the gaps, the problem is nobody is doing it right, well I wouldn't say the actors MK 95 had the right cast, just the wrong script with alot of cheese, they didn't take it seriously otherwise it would have been a really good r rated fighting game movie, I mean look at the audience that were teens and adults.