You ever think back to how the first Mortal Kombat flick may have been a miracle to see realised on the silver screen? Here was one of the bloodiest games of the 1990s, adapted by Hollywood for a PG-13 audience and was still capable of being hectically violent without even showing a drop of blood. Necks were snapped, attacks were more telegraphed than a Morse code message in the 1800s and the overall tone of the film was delightfully cheesy.
And yet, it worked. There’s a whole bunch of factors that made Mortal Kombat a box office winner back then, from the expert casting of Christopher Lambert as Raiden to some of the most perfect and scenic location shooting you could ask for. But what made Mortal Kombat shine was the fact that it had a fantastic villain in the form of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
Just his wonderful presence in the film, a scene-stealing master manipulator who could be a gentleman in one scene and a vicious killer the next, Tagawa made Shang Tsung’s iconic catchphrase all his own. YOUR SOUL IS MINE! Mortal Kombat the movie would have been poorer without Tagawa’s presence, and now the next Mortal Kombat game is preparing to enrich itself with his addition to the roster.
As a DLC character, of course.
In addition to Shang Tsung, Mortal Kombat 11 is also adding a slippery shinobi to the mix! Noob Saibot, he who bears the name of Mortal Kombat’s creators, is also going to be making a splash in the next tournament. Here’s a look at him in action:
Is it just me, or does Noob Saibot kind of sound like Dr Klaw from Inspector Gadget? That’s going to make playing Mortal Kombat properly weird come April.
Last Updated: March 25, 2019