Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat

Paul WS Anderson (1995)

15 Certificate


Our Score
At the time this film was made, Mortal Kombat was the world's biggest-selling game franchise, so it was a natural choice for a Hollywood makeover. And, unlike other games-inspired turkeys (Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter), this one actually works, thanks mainly to director Paul Anderson's single-minded dedication to nonstop, expertly choreographed martial arts action, all set to a thumping techno beat. Christopher Lambert is the nominal star, but the best work comes from Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who steals the show with a typically charismatic performance.


An evil sorcerer organises a deadly martial arts tournament between warriors from Earth and his own dimension. A secret agent on the trail of a ruthless crime boss, an action movie star trying to prove he can fight in real life and a man seeking revenge for his brother's death fight on behalf of the human race, with the Earth facing conquest if they lose. Fantasy adventure based on the video game, starring Christopher Lambert and Robin Shou.

Cast & Crew

Lord Rayden Christopher Lambert
Liu Kang Robin Shou
Princess Kitana Talisa Soto
Johnny Cage Linden Ashby
Shang Tsung Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Sonya Blade Bridgette Wilson
Kano Trevor Goddard
Scorpion Chris Casamassa
Director Paul WS Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: First Independent Films LtdGuidance: Edited for some of its violence, and contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD