Actors previously starred in Ichi the Killer and The Dagger of Kamui, respectively
Rejoice, fans of ye olde ultra-violence! There's a new Mortal Kombat movie on its way to select theaters and HBO Max, and two of the stars of the film are Japanese actors Tadanobu Asano (Kakihara in Ichi the Killer) and Hiroyuki Sanada (Jiro in The Dagger of Kamui).
Asano plays the thunder god and protector of the Earthrealm, Lord Raiden, while Sanada plays the vengeful undead ninja, Scorpion (aka Hanzo Hasashi, before the whole fire-breathing flaming skull thing).
Mortal Kombat (2021) is directed by Simon McQuoid and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, who describe the story of the film as follows:
In “Mortal Kombat,” MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld's Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family's safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?
Mortal Kombat (2021) hits select theaters in the United States as well as the HBO Max streaming service on April 16, 2021.
Source: Official Mortal Kombat (2021) movie home page
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