- Title: UNITED STATES: STARS SPEAK ABOUT THE NEW MOVIE "MORTAL KOMBAT"
- Date: 21st October 1994
- Summary: LOS ANGELES , CALIFORNIA , USA (REUTERS TELEVISION - AVAILABLE ALL) VIEWS OF MANN'S CHINESE THEATER WHERE HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE TOOK PLACE POSTER FROM "MORTAL KOMBAT" AT THE PREMIERE CARY-HIROYUKI TAGAWA AT THE PREMIERE LINDEN ASHBY AT THE PREMIERE ROBIN SHOU AT THE PREMIERE (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) LAMBERT SAYS YOU CAN'T REPLACE ACTORS WITH SPECIAL EFFECTS FANS OUTSIDE THEATRE
- Reuters ID: LVAECQ7R2K0NKQK8DZBFDBVAKTW2
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, AND FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:00:57
- Story Text: The planets are out of alignment and only three people of noble heart can set them spinning right. Put simply, that's the plot of "Mortal Kombat", a martial-arts action-adventure based on the video game of the same name.
It stars Christopher Lambert as Lord Rayden, the powerfulgod who guides the three brave humans in their Herculean tasks.
Co-stars include newcomer Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Bridgette Wilson, Talisa Soto, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
The action revolves around a rather unusual tournament of champions. One side consists of the human league and the other is represented by the dark, unworldly forces of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa). On the surface, the contest seems heavily weighted toward the latter group, which includes characters who can turn into serpents, throw spitballs of lethal ice or simply tower two stories high with four arms each with the strength to crush iron.
But the best of the flesh-and-blood crew are better than their seemingly impossible adversaries, thanks to superior intellect, an ability to adapt and the watchful tutelage of good sorcerer Rayden.
With an emphasis on elaborate fights, "Mortal Kombat" owes a tremendous debt to the cinema of Hong Kong.
More than 200 visual effects sequences were created to enhance the film's characters and sets. The film's visual effects supervisor, Alison Savitch, said that it was a real challenge for the cast to interact with their computer-generated counterparts because they can't see them whilst the scenes are being shot.
The world of visual effects has reached the point where computers can generate both sets and actors. But as Christopher Lambert commented at the premiere, there is no substitute for the soul of an actor.
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