PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three unknowing martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.
Since Paul W.S. Anderson had no experience filming fight scenes, he shot the first fight sequence in wide continuous shots. After multiple takes, the actors were completely exhausted, so Robin Shou (Liu Kang) told Anderson the secret of the trade: wide shots are generally used for only a few seconds, whereas the rest of the scene is filmed as a series of short close-up shots. Filming the fight scenes became easier after Anderson realized his mistake.
(at around 54 mins) Sub-Zero flips down from the platform followed by Liu Kang. On the floor, Liu kicks Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero falls to the ground and after he falls he rolls once more. The kick wasn't that hard and it's clearly visible that the extra roll was forced.
Snake and insect action was monitored by the American Humane Association, which commends the filmmaker for his responsible and sensitive treatment of even the smallest of Earth's creatures.
The TBS Superstation version removes some of the more violent sound effects, e.g. bones crunching or arms twisting, and also two bad words... The "I smell something" comment is followed by silence and the obscenity can only be seen being said. Also, complete removal of the offensive word after, "Those were $500 sunglasses", which worked out fine.
$23,283,887 (USA) (20 August 1995)