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Tekken: Rise of the Tournament is set to be directed by Prachya Pinkaew, a man who knows how to film a fight scene.
Pinkaew has never had a huge breakout success in the United States, but his films Ong-bak and Chocolate are both highly regarded among fans of kung-fu cinema. Pinkaew also stated that he is more interested in casting actors that look like the characters from the game, than he is at securing big-name famous actors. For an example of why casting an actor in a video game movie based on his or her bankability rather than their appropriateness for the role is a bad idea, just click here.
If you need more convincing as to why Pinkaew may be able to deliver a good kung-fu movie that happens to be called Tekken, just keep in mind that he directed the fight scene below from the movie The Protector. The elaborate four minute sequence of a man fighting through dozens of thugs to find his elephants (the story isn't really the cool part here), contains no cuts or edits. It's just a dude with a steady-cam, following another dude who really wants his elephants.
[via Joystiq and Cannes]
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