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OLI2K8Posted: 07/03/2008 01:24 PMStatus ::


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RE: Stuff you may or may not have known about the MK movie universe.

you now quite alot like i gt 2 say

mikyaPosted: 07/05/2008 11:39 PMStatus ::


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RE: Stuff you may or may not have known about the MK movie universe.

cameron diaz (charlie's angels) was originally supposed to play 'sonya blade' in the first movie, but she broke her wrist and had to be replaced.

'mileena' is played by dana hee, who also serves as talisa soto's (kitana) stunt double, adding the the 'twin aspect'.

ermac1314Posted: 09/22/2008 06:12 PMStatus ::


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Actually according to Wikipedia the Jade vs Sonya fight scene is a hidden easter egg on the mortal kombat dvd

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GameboyPosted: 09/28/2008 08:15 PMStatus ::


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RE: Stuff you may or may not have known about the MK movie universe.

in the movie, shang tsung don`t turn into anyone but lui kangs brother.

ZentilePosted: 12/13/2008 10:58 AMStatus ::


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RE: Stuff you may or may not have known about the MK movie universe.

ermac1314 Wrote:
Actually according to Wikipedia the Jade vs Sonya fight scene is a hidden easter egg on the mortal kombat dvd


Actually according to the real world that's bullshit.

ZentilePosted: 12/13/2008 10:59 AMStatus ::


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Gameboy Wrote:
in the movie, shang tsung don`t turn into anyone but lui kangs brother.


That's actually a lie. He also turns into Johnny Cage's master.

SwingBattaPosted: 12/26/2008 05:11 AMStatus ::


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ermac1314 Wrote:
Actually according to Wikipedia the Jade vs Sonya fight scene is a hidden easter egg on the mortal kombat dvd

Wrongo. The scene was included in the shooting script but never actually filmed.

Vash_15Posted: 08/06/2009 04:22 AMStatus ::


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tielzebob Wrote:
where is noob saibot in mka. Ive seen rain and ermac but not him


He busts out of Ermac and is killed like, a second later

He comes in at about 2:40

superliuPosted: 08/09/2009 08:20 PMStatus ::


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Lets not forget the arena's.

The place were Sonya fought Kano is of course the Courtyard.

The place were Liu Kang's Brother fought Shang Tsung is the Palace Gates.

The place with all these warrior statues, and the place were you first see Reptile, is the Warrior Shrine.

The place were Art Lean fights Goro or when Sub Zero killed that Foot Soilder is the Throne Room.

The area with Goro's chair, and with all these cavy walls is Goro's lair.

titanPosted: 11/21/2009 09:56 AMStatus ::


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Awesome!!

whatuknowaboutMK?Posted: 12/11/2009 03:14 PMStatus ::


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RE: Stuff you may or may not have known about the MK movie universe.

In the movie MKA, Cyrax tells Jax and Sonya "Shao Khan will be pleased" giving us the impression that he works for Khan but he actually works for the Lin Kuei in the game and is in pursuit of Sub-Zero.

Winter is Coming A Lanister always pays his debts You know nothing Jon Snow! We do not sow! Valar Morghulis
HELLSCORPION2Posted: 01/30/2010 03:36 PMStatus ::


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RE: Stuff you may or may not have known about the MK movie universe.

Also technically by the videogame's plot rules (or any real tournament) Liu Kang did not win Mortal Kombat, Johnny Cage did (in the movie). You see Johnny Cage defeated Goro (the reigning champion), while Liu only defeated Shang Tsung (the Tournament Master). By the rules of a tournament you must defeat the champion to win and become the champion, defeating the tournament mast just adds fame.

THEmkfanaticPosted: 03/26/2010 02:06 AMStatus ::


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That would have been be true if it weren't for the fact that Johnny Cage had made a deal with Shang Tsung before his fight against Goro. The deal was that whoever wins the Goro/Cage fight, Tsung reserves the right to fight someone for the final kombat.

subzero961Posted: 04/12/2010 06:16 PMStatus ::


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I have a copy of the second draft of the MK script and can confirm the part about the Art Lean funeral. I'll post what it says:

80 Ext. Great Hall- Dusk

Johnny, Sonya and several other humans carry from the hall - shoulder high - Art Lean's body, now wrapped in a white shroud. A solemn, solitary drum beats a slow cadence from somewhere inside the hall. They carry the corpse past Raiden, who watches stoically. Liu accosts Raiden.

Liu: You could have stopped that.

Raiden: I told you, I cannot interfere.

Liu: That's why I left the temple! All this mumbo jumbo about... about the power of reason and Light. But where are you when we need you? Where is that power?

Raiden: The power is in you. If the gods decide men's destiny, then there is no free will. No choice. In Outworld, the Emperor makes every decision. You have only to obey. Is that what you want?

Liu glares at him fiercely, and Raiden, saddened, turns and walks slowly away. Liu points to the pallbearers and the corpse.

Liu: What choice did he have?

Raiden: (just as fierce) He chose to fight and die a free man! If Outworld wins this Tournament, no mortal man will ever have that choice again!

It is a blistering rebuke. Raiden stands his ground, eyes blazing until Liu, frustrated and angry, stalks off. Raiden shakes his head and turns to see that Johnny Cage has left the funeral cortege, and stands studying him. He has heard everything. Raiden turns and walks away.

The Sonya vs Jade match is also true, but doesn't say if Jade was killed.

Other interesting notes:

There is a scene where Sonya sweeps Johnny off his feet to save him from Baraka ambushing him from the back. Sonya gets cut on the arm by the act and then they defeat the rest of the "Barakas". This was replaced by the battle with Shang Tsung's guards the night before the tournament started.

Sub-Zero/Baraka battle-- Sub-Zero the victor. Baraka is killed.

Sonya confides to Johnny that she and her partner were engaged to be married.

Kano/Sonya battle happens after Art Lean/Goro battle. She also spares Kano's life after Liu Kang tells her that Shang Tsung will own her if she kills him. Brief dialogue happens after the battle where Shang Tsung tries to prevent Sonya from leaving and Raiden shows up to defend her decision to spare Kano.

When Goro is hanging from the cliff after Johnny Cage defeats him, Shang Tsung shows up and tells Johnny Cage to finish him. He refuses and tells Shang Tsung to steal Goro's soul if he wishes, Shang Tsung doesn't. Johnny Cage decides to save Goro's life by lowering a staff to help pull him up, Goro refuses saying he is a shokan warrior who would rather die in battle than die in disgrace in a cave. Johnny Cage tells him he fought well and Goro lets go of the cliff.

Liu Kang throws Reptile into a tree, which eats him (obviously the living forest). Kitana refers to the trees as "old friends and wise counselors".

Liu and Kitana has a kissing scene at the end as does Cage and Sonya. Kitana leaves for Outworld.

The Shao Kahn invasion at the end of the movie is not mentioned in this script.

DaytonaPosted: 11/06/2010 12:21 PMStatus ::


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Stryker and Kabal appear for a second, in MKA, but they dont fight or anything.

See the scene where jade is talking to khan and jade gets head bit off by wall monser!

]{0MBATPosted: 11/22/2010 06:08 PMStatus ::


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krsx66 Wrote:
- During the end credits, an MK3 kombat kode is presented intermittently (I've added the MKIII atrraction message as well):



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Haven't had chance to find out which kk that is yet, but I will update when I do.



No one's responded to this yet, so I thought I would share - this is a reference to 460-460, which is one of the Kombat Kodes to activate Randper Kombat (the other being 444-444).

During the MK3 days, they would sneak Kombat Kodes into all magazine ads, the movie credits, animated video credits, the Live Tour, etc. They wouldn't give away the complete code, though; one of them was always obscured, like this one where one of the symbols was changed to #4.

krsx66Posted: 12/04/2010 07:13 PMStatus ::


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]{0MBAT Wrote:
krsx66 Wrote:
- During the end credits, an MK3 kombat kode is presented intermittently (I've added the MKIII atrraction message as well):





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Haven't had chance to find out which kk that is yet, but I will update when I do.






No one's responded to this yet, so I thought I would share - this is a reference to 460-460, which is one of the Kombat Kodes to activate Randper Kombat (the other being 444-444).



During the MK3 days, they would sneak Kombat Kodes into all magazine ads, the movie credits, animated video credits, the Live Tour, etc. They wouldn't give away the complete code, though; one of them was always obscured, like this one where one of the symbols was changed to #4.


Thanks ]{, I didn't know they replaced one of the symbols to conceal the full code. Seems kinda pointless, overly complicated even, for they did this across their whole marketing campaign, but for codes that aren't even that impressive.

I remember the poster with the black MK dragon for the promo to arcade owners:
http://www.mksecrets.net/images/mk3/mk3-flyer01.jpg

]{, is there anywhere on the net where all the MK3 advertisements are compiled, with their corresponding codes decoded???

EARTH0002Posted: 02/26/2011 07:45 PMStatus ::


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MORTAL KOMBAT

Written by
Kevin Droney


Second Draft
April 25, 1994
Producer Larry Kasanoff



MORTAL KOMBAT
FADE IN:

1 EXT. LIU KANG’S VILLAGE – DAY

In a disjointed DREAM SEQUENCE a young Asian man, LIU KANG, wanders through his native Chinese village as the inhabitants go about their daily affairs, seemingly oblivious to his presence. Liu is dressed in modern American clothing and carries a small carry on bag, as if he has just arrived. An ancient temple nestles in a hillside at the far end of the village.

Liu smiles at the familiar scene and turns to look out over a verdant rice paddy – the ripe stalks of rice waving in a gentle breeze under a sunny sky. Then, a dark cloud covers the sun, and the wind turns cold. Liu looks to a nearby hill. Two figures fight, silhouetted against the sky, circling around an ancient altar of stone.

A raven calls high overhead. Liu looks up at the bird, which soars and circles. When Liu looks back at the hilltop, one of the figures is staggering back as the other attacks. Because this is a dream, Liu can suddenly see the face of his brother, CHAN. Chan falls back before the attack of his opponent, clad in black silk, whose face he cannot see. Chan, strangely, seems to look right at Liu, and in a frightened, despairing voice, cries out....

CHAN
Liu!

The second fighter lands a deadly blow, and Chan crumples to the hard stones. The second fighter stands over his inert form a moment, and then turns to gaze impassively down on Liu. Again, in the dream, Liu can clearly see the features of SHANG TSUNG. Shang now turns and looks straight at Liu. He thrusts his hand skyward in a talon-like gesture. It summons a flock of shadow birds that burst into the
sky, devouring all light in their path, bringing Darkness, which spreads from the hill, toward the village. The Darkness reaches out to envelope everything... a surging Void which flutters, pulsates, swarms over the dreamer, WIPING THE FRAME.

In dream time it is later. The rice paddy is now muddy and foul; the raven circles in a leaden sky above the deserted village. An evil wind moans through the mysteriously empty houses. The raven croaks its odd staccato call, like someone rapping with a staff on a hollow wood chime. Chan’s body is now laid out on the stone altar.

LIU
(SCREAMS)
Chan!

END THE DREAM SEQUENCE.

2 INT. LIU KANG’S APARTMENT – AMERICAN CITY – DAWN

Liu awakens in a tangle of sheets, calling his brother’s name.

NOT FOR DUPLICATION________
LIU
Chan!

Liu blinks at the familiar surroundings of his room, simple but modern furnishings, a stereo... and nearly smiles at the reassurance the familiar things give him after the dream. A nearly packed suitcase reminds him of something. His eyes fix on the crumples telegram on the night table next to his bed, and another nightmare floods over him.... Only this one will not go away. Liu switches on the lamp, picks up the telegram and rereads it. But the message has not changed...he hasn’t dreamed it.

LIU
(grieving)
Chan.

Liu throws the telegram down and goes into the bathroom to start his shower.

ZOOM IN ON

The telegram which reads, simply: BROTHER DEAD. RETURN HOME. GRANDFATHER.

3 INT. POWER PLANT – AMERICAN CITY – DAY

Establishing. Rain pours down outside – and inside through gaping holes in the roof – as a young American man, JOHNNY CAGE, dressed like a very hip cop with a turtleneck sweater wearing an Italian sports coat, fights six very tough looking thugs armed with, clubs, brass knuckles, and lengths of pipe. But, in an incredible display of grace and martial arts skill, Johnny takes down one tough guy after another, until there remains only one huge dude with the lead pipe. Johnny drops to one knee, punching the thug very low. The big dude stands over Johnny, frozen, confused.

JOHNNY
This is where you fall down.

Enlightened, the big dude dramatically keels over. Johnny shakes his head, rises and turns away, throwing his arms up in despair.

JOHNNY
Where do you get these guys!

DIRECTOR
Cut!

And the rain immediately stops!

NEW ANGLE

We now see the camera and lights and rain towers. Johnny and the others have been acting a scene from an action film. The DIRECTOR approaches, apologetic. The stunt men climb to their feet.

DIRECTOR
Sorry, Johnny.

JOHNNY
You’ll be sorrier when they pull you off
my next picture, Paul.

The FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR now bellows into his headset.

FIRST ASSISTANT
All right, everybody. Reset! We go
again in fifteen minutes!

JOHNNY
(stalking off)
I’m not doing it, again.

Johnny heads for his star trailer.

DIRECTOR
Johnny, it’s the last shot of the
picture. We’re losing our light here.

But Johnny continues to his star trailer where his agent, NANCY, intercepts him.

NANCY
Johnny, there’s someone in your trailer,
Who wants to talk to you....

JOHNNY
It better not be a reporter, Nancy.

4 INT. JOHNNY’S TRAILER – ON TABLOID

The Tabloid headline reads: JOHNNY CAGE A PHONY!... with a picture of Johnny yelling at a paparazzi underneath. A man sits casually in the trailer, reading the inside story as Johnny storms in.

WIDER

LIU
Hey, I don’t give interviews without....

The man reading the paper, BILL BOYD, lowers it, smiling. Johnny’s expression turns from anger to one of awe and respect.

BOYD
Hi, Johnny.

JOHNNY
Master Boyd! Sorry, I didn’t....

Johnny has lost his arrogance. He bows and eagerly shakes the older man’s hand.

BOYD
(nods to paper)
I see the press is still giving you a
hard time.

JOHNNY
They think I’m a big fake.

BOYD
I know you’re not.

JOHNNY
(new thought)
Sensai, you were my idol, growing up.
It means a lot, you saying that.

BOYD
Johnny, you’re one of the best martial
artists in the world. And I know a way
you can prove it.

JOHNNY
Prove it? How?

BOYD
A tournament. The Tournament. Held
once a generation.

Boyd takes a small scroll with ebony handles out of a pocket and hands it to Johnny.

THE SCROLL

When unrolled, is inscribed with Chinese characters and the Mortal Kombat logo in the center.

JOHNNY
I’ve gotta brush up on my Chinese.

BOYD
It’s the most ancient tournament in the
world.... Held on an island in the
South China Sea.

JOHNNY
I’ve never heard of it.

BOYD
All the participants are sworn to
secrecy.

JOHNNY
How can a secret tournament get me
better press?


BOYD
The best fighters in the world are
invited. If you win The Tournament,
you’ll win their respect. They’ll tell
the enter world you’re the real goods.

JOHNNY
I... I’m supposed to be prepping for my
next film as soon as this one raps
tonight. I just don’t see....

Boyd stares silently at him, then reaches for the scroll.

BOYD
Of course. If your reputation isn’t as
important as the box office, then....

JOHNNY
No! I mean... I’ll work around it. I’m
honored.

BOYD
(smiles)
I’ve got a lot of faith in you.

JOHNNY
How do I, uh...?

BOYD
There’s a boat, The Dragon’s Wing,
docked at pier forty in Hong Kong,
tomorrow night. Be on it.

Off Johnny’s thoughtful reaction:

5 INT. POWER PLANT – MOVIE LOCATION – DAY

Boyd steps from the trailer, shakes hands with Johnny.

JOHNNY
Thanks for everything.

BOYD
See you in the movies.

Johnny goes back into his trailer as Boyd walks away. Boyd walks past the electricians and grips, and, once out of sight, we hear, very faintly, the cacophonous sound of many voices crying out in anguish... a dissonant music we will hear again... as "Boyd" morphs slowly into the features of Shang Tsung, the Sorcerer.

6 EXT. HONG KONG PANORAMA – DAY

Establishing. Superimpose: HONG KONG.


7 EXT. HONG KONG WAREHOUSE DISTRICT ON VAN - DAY

The van is parked discretely between two buildings.

7A INT. VAN

A band of black-clad commandoes loads automatic weapons and riot guns as PAN THROUGH the van. Stop on the gloved hands of the Team Leader, moving quickly through the lock and load procedure, then PAN UP to reveal that the Team Leader is a woman, SONYA BLADE, beautiful and hard as nails. She speaks softly to the second in command, JAXX, an African American.

SONYA
Kano will be heading out the back door
as we come in the front. Be there to
cut him off.

JAXX
Oh, ye of little faith. Trust me.

SONYA
I trust one person on the planet, Jaxx,
and you’re talking to her. We go in
ten.

Sonya adjusts a tiny headset. Jaxx does the same. She nods and the team pours from the van.

8 EXT. WAREHOUSE – CONTINUOUS

The black-clad commandoes swirl around the building almost silently. The guard at the door is overwhelmed without a shot being fired. The two teams split up and Jaxx heads for the back with his men. Sonya and her team group around the door.

SONYA
Stun grenade.

A team member takes a stun grenade from his satchel. Two other members heave a battering ram against the door, breaking it in with one blow. The stun grenade is thrown inside. The team back off and hold their ears as it goes off inside. Then they rush through the door.

9 INT. WAREHOUSE – CONTINUOUS

Sonya’s strike team fan out inside, The criminals inside go down bloodlessly in hand to hand combat.

SONYA

Moves in a direct line through the building, knocking aside anyone who gets in her way. She is driven, kinetic, never stopping as she uses all available cover to further infiltrate the building.

Shots are fired at her. She returns fire with her automatic weapon. She can hear Jaxx’s team crashing through the rear entrance with a loud stun grenade explosion. Shouts, gunfire, and more hand to hand combat all round. Sonya ignores most of the battle and keeps searching. She’s looking for someone. A ruffian surprises her. She kicks his weapon away, and slams him hard with the butt of her gun, then continues, as if he were nothing but a nuisance.

10 INT. WAREHOUSE OFFICE – DAY

The office has a window to the warehouse interior. A large man with a shaved head and a patch over one eye peers out the window. This is KANO. He smiles, saunters over to a large packing crate, shoves it aside with his incredible strength, to reveal a large, heavy grate, leading down into the sewer. Shang Tsung sits across from him, watching impassively. Again using his brawn, Kano lifts the heavy grate.

KANO
You sure she’ll follow me down here?

SHANG
After what you did to her partner,
she’ll follow you into hell. Just make
sure she gets on that boat.

KANO
She’ll be there... Special Delivery.

SHANG
Deliver her alive.

INSIDE WAREHOUSE

Sonya crouches near the office, and speaks into her headset.

SONYA
Jaxx? Have you seen Kano?

JAXX (O.S.)
(over headset)
Negative.

SONYA
I think he’s in the office.

Sonya moves quickly toward the warehouse office, gun ready.

JAXX (O.S.)
(over headset)
Sonya! Wait for backup!

11 INT. WAREHOUSE OFFICE

Sonya crashes through the door, tucks, rolls, and comes up ready to blow anyone in there away.
The only living thing inside is a large raven on a perch. Then Sonya sees the open grate.

SONYA
Damn.

The raven croaks, a strange "wood chime" sound, which catches her attention. She stares at the large, impassive bird, puzzled. Then she spots a list pinned to a bulletin board on the wall behind the bird on its perch. She examines the list.

INSERT – SHIPPING SCHEDULE

A sailing schedule with many ships listed. One is circled in red. The Dragon’s Wing.

12 EXT. LIU KANG’S VILLAGE - DAY

Liu Kang, in his leather jacket, blue jeans and work shirt, stands just outside his native village as a bush taxi – marked Hong Kong Taxi Co. Ltd. – drives off. The village looks exactly like his dream – so much so that he actually looks over the rice paddy at the neighboring hill. No one stands there, now. Liu’s GRANDFATHER, comes slowly toward him, his back bowed with grief, but his face full of joy at seeing Liu. The old man embraces his grandson.

GRANDFATHER
It’s good you are here.

LIU
I wasn’t here for Chan.

GRANDFATHER
(a moment)
He spoke of you, daily. You were his
big brother... almost a father since
your parents "left us." He was so proud
of you, living in America. He wanted
you to be happy.

Liu is pierced by pangs of guilt as they walk into the village.

LIU
How did he die, Grandfather?

GRANDFATHER
After you left he followed in your
footsteps... preparing for The
Tournament.

Liu stops and stares. His voice rises in anger.

LIU
The Tournament? It wasn’t enough you
filled my head with that...
nonsense?
The Grandfather is hurt. Liu feels even more guilty.

GRANDFATHER
To save the world from an...
unspeakable fate is not nonsense.

LIU
Men fighting in a simple contest do not
decide these things, Grandfather! How
can you, a wise man, believe this?

GRANDFATHER
Chan believed in it. He trained very
hard. He could never be as good as
you... but he tried to be worthy to
represent the Order of Light.

LIU
How did it happen?

GRANDFATHER
I don’t know for certain. I was away
when... a stranger came.

NEW ANGLE – THE VILLAGE

In FLASHBACK as the Grandfather narrates we see the stranger enter the village, dressed in black silk, his back to us. High overhead, a raven turns in a narrowing gyre, croaking its strange "wind chime " call. The stranger continues through the village to...

13 EXT. RICE PADDY

The stranger stops. Liu’s brother, CHAN, a large, genial youth of twenty, is working knee deep in the rice paddy. When he sees the stranger he is puzzled, but then offers a friendly smile.

GRANDFATHER (V.O.)
He sought out your brother and told him
that he, too, was training for The
Tournament. The two decided to train
together... Chan was very naive... he
mistrusted no one.

REVERSE ANGLE

We now see that the stranger is Shang Tsung.

13A EXT. HILLTOP – ALTAR OF LIGHT

Chan now stands facing Shang atop the hill.

GRANDFATHER (V.O.)
When I came back that evening, Chan had
not returned.
(MORE)
GRANDFATHER (V.O.) (cont’d)
We found him on the crest of the hill,
near the Altar of Light. It was
strange. There were bruises... but it
was more like... life had been
sucked from him.

At that moment, the ravel calls out loudly. END FLASHBACK.

14 EXT. VILLAGE – PRESENT

Liu looks to the hill, but it is deserted.

LIU
(haunted)
Grandfather.... it’s my fault. I
dreamed his death.

GRANDFATHER
(puts consoling hand on
Liu’s shoulder)
The dreamer does not cause the thing he
dreams.

Liu puts his arm around the frail, and they walk toward the village.

14A INT. VILLAGE TEMPLE – LIU – DAY

Liu recounts solemnly, trying to recall the details.

LIU
(voice echoes)
I dreamt Chan was fighting on the Altar
of Light. He calls my name, then he
falls. And the stranger turns to look
at me. In the dream, everything in the
village suddenly changes. Houses are
empty.... Crops... ruined. But....
something else happens after Chan’s
death. Something I can never remember
when I wake up. As if... it were
too...evil to recall.

WIDER

We now see that Liu, still in his American clothes and leather jacket, has been recounting his dream to a circle of priests and elders. The priests wear simple white robes. In the center of the circle is a large, bowl-like torch, its flame fed by sticks of wood. The Grandfather sits to one side. The CHIEF PRIEST has listened. He now turns his eyes on the Grandfather.

GRANDFATHER
You see. Liu Kang has been given The
Dream. He is the Chosen One.

SECOND PRIEST
(angry)
No! He left our village... turned his
back on The Order of Light and its
teachings!

GRANDFATHER
For many years he was the best student
among you! He was a monk, like you!

SECOND PRIEST
Look at him! Look at the clothes he
wears. He’s no longer one of us! He’s
forgotten everything he’s learned!

CHIEF PRIEST
(to Liu)
Is this true?

LIU
I remember everything. I tried to
forget.... But you taught me too well.
(then; humbly)
I want to represent The Order of Light
at The Tournament.

CHIEF PRIEST
Why?

LIU
The man who killed my brother will be
there. I know this.

The Chief Priest is disappointed.

GRANDFATHER
That cannot be your only reason
for going! Or you will fail! The
Tournament is not a quest for vengeance.
There is so much more at stake....

LIU
(angry; sarcastic)
Oh, yes, I forgot. We’re fighting for
the fate of the World!

CHIEF PRIEST
(shocked)
He mocks our sacred teachings? He can’t
fight in the Tournament. It’s
impossible.

The Grandfather approaches Liu and speaks solemnly.

GRANDFATHER
In your heart, you remember the teachings
and know they are true.

LIU
I know you’ve poured fairy tales into my
ears since I was a child! You want to
know if I remember the teachings? All
right.
(paces; agitated)
The teachings say that I am the direct
descendent of Kung Lao. Five hundred
years ago he returned from The
Tournament victorious! But a generation
later he was defeated by...
(eyes glow with derision)
...Goro, the four-armed monster!
(then, matter of fact)
Once a generation since that time a monk
of this temple has been chosen to fight
in The Tournament. And for five hundred
ears, they have lost.

Liu’s eyes blaze as he walks around the circle, challenging the old men and the monks with his look.

LIU
The teachings say the last blood
descendent of Kung Lao must be chosen.
Listen to your own teachings. You must
send me! I promise that I--

Suddenly, a voice like thunder booms into the temple, cutting Liu off.

RAIDEN
Promise nothing, you babbling idiot!

Everyone turns to find a large figure standing in the doorway: a coolie hat keeps his face in shadow. His clothing is in rags, his feet bare; he carries only a simple wooden staff. The imposing figure approaches.

RAIDEN
You reject all you’ve learned,
but dare to come back here...spraying
pronouncements around the sacred flame
like donkey spit!
(mocking tone)
’I remember everything.’

Raiden moves face to face with the stunned Liu and raises his head, revealing his features at last: RAIDEN. Liu’s Grandfather is the first to recognize this.

GRANDFATHER
(awe; fear)
The Lord Raiden.

The others murmur in astonishment. As one, they throw themselves to the ground and prostrate themselves, still in a circle, around one of their principal gods. Liu is too astounded to react. He stares at the priests and elders, then back at the wizened face before him.
RAIDEN
You have forgotten everything of value.

Liu’s Western experience takes over.

LIU
Grandfather. Get up! He’s just a
beggar.

CHIEF PRIEST
(bowing, reciting from
Sacred Text)
Thus it is written. ’The god Raiden
comes begging humbly, dressed in rags.
Woe to him who turns away.’

The other monks wail and groan in unison, truly terrified. Liu is amazed.

LIU
Raiden? This isn’t your god of thunder
and lightning. You’ve scared yourselves
stupid with the stories you tell your
children!

GRANDATHER
(desperate plea; prostrate)
Spare him, my lord Raiden. American
life has enfeebled his mind. Too much
television...! He will learn.

Raiden squints at Liu. Then he turns his back, and speaks with surprising gentleness.
RAIDEN
I doubt that very much, my friend.

Raiden helps the Grandfather to his feet. The others are in awe, now, of the Grandfather.

RAIDEN
His skull is as thick as these temple
stones.

LIU
Leave my grandfather alone. Play your
con game somewhere else.

A flash of anger illuminates Raiden’s face. Then he turns to Liu.

RAIDEN
Spoken like a great champion and
defender if his people. So, you’re
going to win The Tournament? Something
you didn’t even believe in, yesterday?




LIU
(surprised; recovers)
Yes. I am.

Raiden nods, as if pondering this as he walks around the young man. Then, he lunges in with his staff. Liu parries the stroke, tries to counter, but Raiden moves the staff with lightning-like speed, and sweeps Liu’s feet out from under him. The younger monks laugh. The elders look grave as Liu gingerly climbs to his feet.

RAIDEN
(desperate plea; prostrate)
The last living descendent of the great
Kung Lao. You are indeed the lat of
the last. Your brother at least had
Kung Lao’s heart, if not his skill.

LIU
If you are Raiden, why did you let Chan
die? Why didn’t you protect him!

The temple falls utterly silent. Raiden speaks simply.

RAIDEN
Why didn’t you?

Liu is devastated. His face flushes with guilt.

LIU
I should have.

Raiden softens at this real show of sorrow and contrition.

RAIDEN
The gods do not control men’s destiny...
and they cannot protect you from it.
I’m not your bodyguard.

Liu still thinks he’s talking to an old fraud. He looks around the temple once more, and sees he has convinced no one.

LIU
I’ve had enough of this... I’m going
to find my brother’s killer at The
Tournament... with or without your
consent!

Liu stalks out of the temple. The Grandfather speaks quietly to Raiden.

GRANDATHER
You’re right, of course, my lord: he
isn’t ready. And we’ve lost so much
time. But.... There is no one else.

RAIDEN
I know.

Raiden begins to walk out of the temple, then he turns and speaks to all of them.

RAIDEN
You shouldn’t have tried to replace him
with his brother. Whether any of you
like it or not... he is The Chosen One.

And, with a weary, regal tread, the beggar-like figure leaves the temple, leaving the men inside with their guilt.

SCENES 15-16 OMITTED

17 EXT. VILLAGE – SUNDOWN

The old bush taxi once more waits outside the village. Liu says goodbye to his Grandfather. In the distance, all the monks are on the crest of the hill, lighting an enormous bonfire, which sputters, catches, then towers high into the darkening sky and reflects off their white robes. Other villagers stand at a respectful distance from Liu and the old man, watching them silently.

GRANDFATHER
We light the beacon fire from the Sacred
Temple flame... lit once a generation at
the time of the Tournament. Keep it
here...
(he touches Liu’s chest)
It will light the way home.

Liu sees that the old man is frightened for him.

LIU
I remember the first time you rode me to
the top of the hill on your shoulders.
I thought I could see the whole world
from up there....
(gently)
I’ll come back.

GRANDFATHER
(choking up)
Chan didn’t.

LIU
I’m not Chan. I’ll come back,
Grandfather.

Liu nods, moved with affection for the old man. The two men hug, then Liu gets in the battered vehice, which drives off down the winding dirt road.

GRANDFATHER
(alone)
Raiden, give him wisdom. Watch over
him.


The old man fights back his tears. Out beyond the village, heat lightning dances for a second in the sky, followed by a distant rumble. Grandfather nods with a small smile and turns, along with every villager, to gaze up at the magnificent beacon of fire – brighter than the setting sun – on the hilltop overlooking the temple.

18 EXT. PIER – HONG KONG - NIGHT

A dark, ragged-looking "junk" is moored at the pier, its mast tops half in shadow. Men walk up the gang plank and go aboard, staring at the strange craft in disbelief. Men and women from many different walks of life congregate on the dock. Others already go on board. A black limousine pulls up and stops. The rear window slides down and Johnny Cage gawks at the vessel. Nancy sits beside him.

JOHNNY
This can’t be right.
(to driver)
I said Pier forty.

DRIVER
This Pier forty.

NANCY
(amused)
I figured you for more of a Love Boat
kind of guy, Johnny. I’m impressed.

JOHNNY
You can be replaced, you know.

OUTSIDE THE LIMO

Johnny climbs out. She joins him. Neither takes this threat seriously.

NANCY
Don’t be a grouch. I’m the one who
should be upset. My star client is
disappearing to some mysterious island
for a secret tournament.
(looks around, aghast)
Who are these people?

JOHNNY
The best fighters in the world.

The menagerie of fighters is growing more bizarre by the moment.

NANCY
If you say so. Johnny, you don’t need
to prove anything. You’re a star.

A gaggle of young teenage boys spot Johnny. They rush toward him, waving pens and autograph books, taking pictures and shouting Johnny’s name.


JOHNNY
What’s this?

As they swarm around their hero, Johnny begins signing autographs.

NANCY
The local fan club.

JOHNNY
You organized this? I told you I was
travelling incognito.

NANCY
Oh, and I was supposed to believe you?

ART LEAN, a well built Black man, easily shoulders a large duffel bag. He stops to watch the fans swarming around Johnny. He looks up when Art Lean – the only adult – hands him a piece of paper.

ART LEAN
It’s for my nephew, Damien. He’s a big
fan.

JOHNNY
Sure.
(studies Lean)
You’re Art Lean! I saw you fight in
London. You were great.

ART LEAN
Thanks. I’ve seen a couple of your
films. You can’t fake those moves....

JOHNNY
Tell that to the press.

Johnny signs and hands the autograph back.



Art Lean grins, slaps Johnny on the arm and goes up the gang plank. The driver has unloaded the last bag and slams the trunk, looking a little disgusted. Nancy is worried in spite of her jokes as she eyes the decrepit wooden ship. She is paying several Asian dock hands to carry Johnny’s bags up the gang plank. They shoulder the big Gucci suitcases, and head onto the boat.

NANCY
They’ll take your bags on board. I
already paid them. Last chance to
change your mind.

JOHNNY
No. I’ll be back in a week.

NANCY
I tried. Take care of yourself, Johnny.

She gives him a little kiss on the cheek and gets back into the limo.
The Driver is already behind the wheel.

NANCY
Driver, take me to the nearest bar. One
with lots of sailors.

Johnny smiles at her last joke as the limo drives away. But now he feels alone and friendless.

NEW ANGLE

Liu Kang has just left his battered taxi and pays the driver. The taxi drives off. Liu stands next to one of Johnny’s suitcases, wearing more traditional Chinese shirt and slacks, now. He looks up at the junk. Johnny turns, sees him, and mistakes him for one of the dock hands.

JOHNNY
You missed one?

LIU
One what?

JOHNNY
The suitcase. Don’t get cute. You’ve
already been paid.

LIU
(glares; then slyly)
Oh? The suitcase? Very nice.
(fake coolie accent)
Oh, shuah thing, Mistah! Chop chop!

And with a demonic grin, Liu takes the suitcase and shuffles with gleeful exaggeration up the gangplank. Half way up, he turns, loses the grin, and throws the heavy suitcase into the black water. It floats away. He turns to Johnny, astounded, back on the dock.

LIU
(mocking)
So solly!

And he turns and walks onto the boat.

JOHNNY
Hey! Heyyy!

Johnny hustles after him.

NEW ANGLE – VAN

The same unmarked commando van is parked just off the pier.





SCENE 19 OMITTED

20 INT. VAN

Jaxx sits behind the wheel, Sonya next to him, peering through night vision binoculars. A half dozen team members ride in the back, weapons ready.

JAXX
Nothing says he’s getting on this boat.
He could be miles from the waterfront
by now.

SONYA
I know Kano. He’s in his element
here... with the other wharf rats.

SCENE 21 OMITTED

22 EXT. PIER – JUNK – NIGHT

The gang plank is taken up, and the mooring lines are cast off.

THROUGH NIGHT VISION BINOCULARS

Sonya scans the deck, holding briefly on several passengers.

JAXX (O.S.)
Well, even if you’re right, he just
missed the boat.

Then she spots him. A silhouette at first, but then Kano steps into the dim light, and the night vision glasses enhance Sonya’s view of his. Almost as if he knows she is watching, he grins crookedly, and steps back into the shadows.

SONYA (O.S.)
He’s already on board!

THE VAN

door springs open and Sonya leaps out. Jaxx steps from the cab as well.

JAXX
Hold on. We don’t have a warrant to go
on board.

SONYA
Paperwork was never my strong suit.

Sonya fastens her web belt, and begins running toward the mooring line, just as two dock hands cast off. She grabs the line, and swings over to the hull of the junk.




23 EXT. JUNK – DECK – NIGHT

Johnny Cage spots Liu Kang, unrolling a mat on deck and storms over to him.

JOHNNY
Hey, you!

Kano has been watching Sonya.

KANO
Come on, baby. Come to papa.

Kano turns and hurries into the central hold. Johnny confronts Liu Kang. He spins him around.

JOHNNY
Hey, I want to--

Just then, Sonya swings like a pirate onto the deck and crashes into Johnny, sending him flying. She tucks, rolls, and jumps to her feet, her eyes sweeping the vessel for Kano. Johnny jumps to his feet and spins her around.

JOHNNY
You want to play rough, asshole?

He sees two things simultaneously, her pretty face... and the nine millimeter pistol she points at his chin.

SONYA
No. Do you?

JOHNNY
(movie star charm)
Oh. I mean... I’m Johnny Cage. And
You are...?

SONYA
Where did he go?

JOHNNY
(deflated)
Who?

Sonya looks around, heads for the hatchway and climbs down the ladder. Liu Kang has seen it all.

LIU
Just another star struck fan....

SCENE 24 OMITTED
25 INT. JUNK – BELOW DECKS – NIGHT

The wooden ship creaks and objects sway as Sonya makes her way though the bowels of the ship. She sees a door at the end of the passageway and makes for it. A burly brute, the junk’s CAPTAIN, suddenly steps in her way.
CAPTAIN
Help you, Missy?

SONYA
What’s on the other side of that door?

CAPTAIN
Private quarters. No admittance. But I
can give you a special tour of my
cabin.

SONYA
(shows her identification)
I’m looking for a murderer. He boarded
this ship.

CAPTAIN
I’m the Captain. You got no authority
on my ship, Missy.

Johnny comes up behind Sonya and overhears. Liu is just behind him.

JOHNNY
Be nice to the lady. She’s just doing
her job.

SONYA
(annoyed)
When I want backup, I’ll radio for it,
okay?

Just then, two Ninja-clad figures step from the shadows behind her. The larger figure is SUB-ZERO, the smaller, wearing gloves, is SCORPION.

LIU
(to Sonya)
You got that radio handy?

She turns to see the two odd figures. Johnny faces off against Scorpion.

JOHNNY
Trick or treat.

Sub-Zero steps in front of the door, blocking it.

SONYA
Move aside.

Nothing. She draws her sidearm and shows her badge.

SONYA
Stand aside!

Sub-Zero looks down at the weapon, then his hand darts out, incredibly fast, touching the gun and freezing it to frosty brittleness. Sonya stares at it.
THE GUN

Sub-Zero’s hand snaps off the barrel.


WIDER

In the blink of an eye, a brawl develops. Liu moves in and the Captain takes him on. Liu evades the charge and counters, driving him against the bulkhead. Meanwhile, Johnny fights Scorpion, and he uses a jujitsu move to get the Ninja in a wrist lock. The glove rips
away, however, revealing a giant pincer claw! Johnny shouts and leaps back just as the second pincer-claw rips through Scorpion’s other glove and tries for Johnny’s throat. The Captain comes back at Liu with a boot knife forcing him back. Sonya throws several powerful kicks at Sub-Zero to no apparent effect. He moves toward her and raises a strange, blue-tinged hand, when...

RAIDEN (O.S.)
Enough!

Everyone freezes. The hold begins to crackle with static electricity.
Then

AN ENORMOUS BLUE BALL

of electricity streaks down the passageway, knocking the three attackers aside like bowling pins, causing them to glow in the dark for a moment, while miraculously leaving Sonya, Johnny and Liu unharmed. The two strange beings disappear into the bowels of the ship. The Captain lies groaning on the deck. The Blue Ball streaks back down the passageway, brushing past Sonya, Johnny and Liu and leaving them crackling with residual electricity which plays over their clothing. Every metallic object below decks crackles with this charge, as well. They turn to Raiden standing at the far end of the passageway, leaning on his staff like and ordinary man... except
that his eyes are glowing brightly! A moment later, they return to normal as well.

LIU
You!

RAIDEN
(ignores him; thunder
voice)
Shang Tsung!

The preternaturally loud voice nearly deafens the three humans. The oaken door swings open, and Shang Tsung steps calmly through it. Liu stares, struggling to remember where he’s seen him before.

SHANG
Lord Raiden. How good of you to grace
us with your presence.




RAIDEN
Your sideshow freaks attacked my
fighters. That is expressly forbidden
before the Tournament, as the Emperor
well knows.

Sonya, Johnny and Liu huddle together to one side and listen.

SHANG
(to Raiden)
My apologies. It won’t happen again.

RAIDEN
I shall see to that.

SHANG
Of course.... Until we reach the
Island. Where you have no dominion.

RAIDEN
My dominions are well known to me,
Sorcerer.

Shang turns to go back inside. Sonya grabs his wrist. Shang bristles, then looks into Sonya’s pretty face. He softens.

SONYA
Hold on. Who says I was participating
in a Tournament?

SHANG
(simply; as if to a child)
You have been chosen, Sonya.

And he goes back through the door, closing it firmly. Raiden turns and starts back down the passageway.

LIU
You really are... him!

With a pained look of annoyance, Raiden turns his attention back to them.

RAIDEN
(thunder voice)
Come with me!

Raiden is enveloped in a blue ball of electricity and vanishes. Johnny cautiously waves his hand over the space Raiden had just occupied.

JOHNNY
(mutters to himself)
Easy for him to say.




26 INT. SHANG’S QUARTERS – JUNK – NIGHT

The quarters take up the entire stern of the boat below decks, luxuriously appointed with Chinese silk screens and elegant ebony furnishings. Shang waits calmly as the Captain slinks in. Kano sits on a chair, legs dangling over the arms, peeling a fruit with a knife, and grinning at the Captain’s terror.

CAPTAIN
Yes, sir?

SHANG
Is it so difficult, Captain, to prevent
a noisesome female from disturbing me in
my quarters?

CAPTAIN
I... she... There were three of them.

SHANG
I’m impressed. You can count to three.
I was humiliated just now... forced to
apologize to a Being I detest. Do you
know how much I loathe apologizing,
Captain?

CAPTAIN
I’m sorry, sir. It won’t ever happen
again.

Kano loses interest in the fruit and stares.

SHANG
I believe you.

The Captain transforms into a huge rat! Then Shang blinks.

We hear the strange clamoring of many voices in anguish, chantlike, atonal... yet strangely musical.



WIDER

Shang transforms into an enormous cobra, coiling and rising until the hooded head brushes along the bulkhead, moving toward the rat/Captain, who squeals and cowers in a corner, his own rodent eyes transfixed by the hypnotic gaze of the serpent/sorcerer. The cobra hovers over the rat another long moment, then lunges...

KANO

swallows the bite of fruit in his mouth as he watches in horrified fascination. The squeals of the rat are now muffled...




then silent.

WIDER

Shang once more stands before him in his normal shape. Only his eyes are still those of the snake’s, yellow and menacing. He fixes Kano with that same hypnotic stare, freezing him in his tracks. Then Shang blinks, and the eyes are once again normal. The strange chorus of voices ceases.

SHANG
Any questions?

Kano can’t think of any.

27 EXT. DECK – NIGHT

Johnny, Sonya and Liu come up on deck confused. Johnny brushes at some pesky electricity which continues to cling to him.

SONYA
How did he disappear like that? Who is
he?

JOHNNY
Let’s just... think this through.
There’s a rational explanation for this.

LIU
He is Raiden. God of Lightning, and
Protector of the realm of Earth.
Although I didn’t believe it until this
minute.

JOHNNY
(ironic)
See, I told you there was a rational
explanation.

They are now in the bow of the ship away from the others. Raiden appears right behind Johnny, who senses him there without turning, and winces.

RAIDEN
(thunder voice)
Listen!)
(they cringe; he softens
his tone)
The time for doubt... is past! The
time for your petty quarrels... is past.
What you are about to face is vastly
more important than...
(to Johnny)
...your ego!
(to Sonya)
...your enemy!
(MORE)

RAIDEN (cont’d)
(to Liu; quieter)
...or your quest for revenge. You are
embarked on a sacred mission. You have
been chosen to defend the Realm of Earth
in a Tournament called Mortal Kombat!

SONYA
Defend it from who?

RAIDEN
Your ’world’ is but one of many parallel
realms. One of them is a forsaken land
called Outworld, ruled by an Immortal
who has crowned himself emperor. Now he
seeks new worlds to conquer and enslave.

JOHNNY
If he’s so powerful, why doesn’t he just
invade us?

RAIDEN
To enter the Realm of Earth, the
Emperor’s demon Sorcerer, Shang Tsung
and his warriors must win ten straight
victories in Mortal Kombat... against
ten generations of Earth’s best
fighters. They have won nine. This
will be the tenth Tournament.

SONYA
A handful of people on a leaky boat are
going to save the world?

RAIDEN
That is the point... the essence of
Mortal Kombat. It isn’t about death...
but about mortal men and women... rising
to your greatest potential and defending
your world.

SONYA
Why are you telling us all this? What
about the others?

RAIDEN
They are all superb fighters... but I
have looked into their souls... and
yours. You three will decide the
outcome of the Tournament. The fate of
billions of people will depend upon you
three.

JOHNNY
I’m glad there’s no pressure, here.



RAIDEN
I’ve given you much to consider. You
must prepare yourselves for what is to
come.

Raiden starts to dematerialize.

LIU
Wait!

Raiden hovers, half apparition.

LIU
My ancestor defeated a great sorcerer,
five centuries ago. In a dream, I saw
the sorcerer return to kill my brother!
(quietly; containing his
rage)
Tonight... I saw him again.

RAIDEN
His name is Shang Tsung, second only to
the Emperor in power and ferocity. If
you challenge him now... you will lose
your life and your soul. And the
Realm of Earth will be lost with you.

Raiden disappears in a blue ball of light... but his voice remains as a strange fog begins to pour in over the bow.

LIU
He’s going to pay for my brother’s
death.

RAIDEN (O.S.)
You are not ready!

OFF THE BOW

a huge, fog bank begins to engulf the ship.

RAIDEN (O.S.)
(ethereal near whisper)
It’s begun.

Sonya, Liu and Johnny stand staring at the approaching wall of fog as it rolls over the junk.

IN THE RAISED STERN

The sorcerer, Shang Tsung prowls, near the helmsman. He stops and raises his arms to the enveloping mist, exalting.

SHANG
It has begun!

ON DECK

Johnny, Liu, and Sonya stare up at the masts overhead. Through the fog... they begin to glow with a phosphorescent light! In a moment the boat, and everyone on it are glowing as well, staring at their hands and at each other in amazement. The boat radiates a cool light from stem to stern.

28 EXT. BAY – NEAR ISLAND – DAYBREAK

Morning finds the junk anchored off a beautiful yet forbidding island, whose cliffs rise up into the mist and clouds, thousands of feet above the masts. A cleft in the cliff face is carved with a stone stairway, which winds up the fissure into the mist. On a promontory above the clouds, the ruins of an ancient temple built ito the mountain gleam in the first rays of the sun.

SCENE 29 OMITTED

30 EXT. BEACH – ISLAND – DAY

The junk rides at anchor in the distance. A half dozen long boats transport the remaining combatants to shore. Johnny sits pensively on his four pieces of luggage. Liu stands nearby, studying the stone staircase. Next to him, Sonya tries to raise someone on her uplink phone, a small contraption with a circular antenna.

SONYA
Black Hawk to Cardinal. Black Hawk
calling Cardinal. Is anyone monitoring?
Jaxx, this is Sonya. Do you copy?

JOHNNY
Order in some coffee while you’re at it.

SONYA
Do I look like your secretary?

JOHNNY
I was just.... Forget it.

SONYA
What’s the matter? No snappy comeback
without a script?
(fidgets with antenna)
Come on.

LIU
What are you doing?

SONYA
That electrical disturbance last night
must have blown out the transistors.

LIU
Your radio equipment’s fine. Look at
your compass.



Johnny is as curious as Sonya, who opens her wrist compass.

THE COMPASS NEEDLE

spins wildly, not fixing on any direction.

WIDER

Johnny and Sonya exchange a glance.

LIU
(turns)
We’re not in the South China Sea.

JOHNNY
(realizes)
We’re not even someplace with a North
Pole.

They fall silent. Liu peers around them.

LIU
(shakes head; smiles)
What if... all the legends were true?

A mute MONK in a black robe, acting as a sort of Beach Master for the landing, walks along the shore with a scroll, checking off names. Sonya falls in next to him, Liu and Johnny observing.

SONYA
Can you tell me if there’s a phone on
the island? A police station? Navy
base?

JOHNNY
Club Med?

He won’t acknowledge them. She pulls out her badge.

SONYA
I’m Lieutenant Blade, on special
assignment with--

He stops, finds her name, checks it off. She sees.

SONYA
Wait a minute? What’s my name doing on
that list? Hey, you!

She grabs the Monk’s arm. The cowl partially falls away, revealing that the monk’s lips have been sealed with old rawhide stitches, now overgrown with scar tissue. Amazed, she and the others follow him with their eyes as he continues down the beach.

JOHNNY
His lips are sealed. Takes on a whole
new meaning.

Johnny contemplates his remaining four bags, piled at his feet, then looks up at the steep, winding staircase. Many of the others have already begun the climb, appearing smaller and smaller until they disappear into the low clouds.

LIU
(heading for stairs)
Gonna hire someone to carry those up for
you?

Johnny actually brightens for a beat, then realizes it’s a joke. Grimly, he gathers up his four bags.

31 EXT. TOP OF STAIRS – DAY

Johnny arrives sweating from head to toe at the top of the stairs with only one small bag. Liu walks beside him. The stairs end at

A STATUARY GARDEN

which has several dozen statues of ancient warriors... some of them distinctly non-human. Sonya is stationed at the top of the stairs, looking like she could still run a four minute mile. The two men exchange a glance. She falls in with them and they walk among the statues.

JOHNNY
(refers to statues)
So, who are all these guys?

LIU
In the legends they are the great and
ancient warriors of all Mortal Kombats.

The others absorb this, almost in shock.

SONYA
(shakes it off)
I’m here nodding like any of this makes
sense.

Johnny nods to a statue as they pass. It is humanoid, but has a gargoyle’s head, its features worn smooth with great antiquity.

JOHNNY
Look at this one.

LIU
(wryly)
Old Chinese proverb. Never fight with
an ugly man. They’ve got nothing to
lose.

This gets a smile from Johnny as the three continue on.

THE GARGOYLE STATUE


suddenly opens its grey eyelids, revealing pale green eyes. The creature, REPTILE, the chameleon, turns its head to watch them a moment, scowling, then the head swivels back the other way to watch...

A SILK-SHROUDED PALANQUIN

carried by dark monks across the garden. The curtain sways open for a second, revealing an exotic woman of startling beauty, KITANA. As the palanquin comes abreast of Liu, Sonya and Johnny, she looks straight into Liu’s eyes, until it is carried toward the Great Hall on the other side of the garden. Liu’s gaze continues following the palanquin.

JOHNNY
When a woman looks at you like that, it
usually means something.

SONYA
(mutters)
It means she’s a bimbo.

Liu is ashamed, remembering his mission. Be begins striding away in another direction.

LIU
I didn’t come here for that. Shang
killed my brother.

JOHNNY
Sorry.

They walk on, Sonya’s own thoughts darkening her face.

LIU

is stopped in front of an enormous statue at the far end of the garden, just before The Great Hall, which looms in front of them. He is joined by Johnny and Sonya. The three stand looking up at the statue as they stand in the shadow of a four-armed monster reaching toward him on the paving stones.

REVERSE ANGLE

The sun is directly behind the statue of a huge four-armed creature standing at the very entrance to the hall.

LIU
Prince Goro.


31A INT. HALLWAY – DAY

A monk leads Liu to a door, and opens it for him.





31B INT. LIU’S QUARTERS

Liu stands just inside his lodgings, startled. It is exactly like his American apartment right down to the decorations. He turns to the
mute Monk who accompanies him.

LIU
All the comforts of home. Very
thoughtful.

The mute Monk studies him, then turns and leaves. Liu is uneasy among such familiar trappings from his own life. He opens a sliding door screen to reveal...

A MINIATURE STONE GARDEN

With a few well trimmed shrubs, rocks, and a fountain.

31C INT. OUTSIDE JOHNNY’S ROOM – DAY

Johnny is escorted by another monk – mouth sealed – to his lodgings and let in. Johnny whips out a fiver to tip him, but the monk is already heading back down the corridor.

JOHNNY
Can I ask you something? How do you
guys eat?

31A INT. JOHNNY’S ROOM – DAY

The digs look exactly like the trailer on the set of his last movie. Same really cramped dimensions, same impossibly narrow bunk. The same posters of his films are on the narrow walls.

JOHNNY
Wait. This is like... my trailer.
(moves inside, bumping into
things)
Great. I’m on location in hell.

SCENE 32 OMITTED

33 INT. SONYA’S ROOM

The room is Spartan, looking more like a personal gym than living quarters. Most of the space is taken up with weight equipment, and a suspended kick bag. A cot with army sheets and a blanket you could bounce a quarter off is tucked down tight. Alone inside, Sonya explores, finds a closet with clothes in it, most of it your basic black fatigues and turtlenecks, like the clothing she has on. She holts it up, amazed to see it is her size. Then she realizes she’s been wearing the same duds for forty-eight hours, holds up her armpit and takes a whiff... and recoils. She pokes her head into the bathroom, then peels off her other clothing, revealing black,
no-nonsense underwear and a superb, athletic body. She begins pulling off her athlete’s halter top just as she steps into the bathroom and disappears from sight. We hear shower water running.

SCENE 34 OMITTED
SCENES 35 AND 36 OMITTED

37 INT. GREAT HALL – CONTINUOUS – NIGHT

At a welcoming banquet in a long tracking shot we follow Liu, Sonya and Johnny through the great diversity of the competitors in The Tournament, whose icon (i.e. the Mortal Kombat logo) hangs on banners from balconies. The décor is largely ancient Chinese. The human contingent is a study in contrasts and cultures from around the world. Sonya sees someone who resembles Kano from the back, moves in cautiously, and sweeps him to the ground. It isn’t Kano!

SONYA
Sorry.

They move on as the man’s friends help him to his feet. Johnny speaks above the incredible din and clatter of plates.

JOHNY
I noticed you apologized to him.

Sonya tries to ignore him. Johnny smiles. He’s getting to her.

JOHNNY
Don’t you ever smile?

SONYA
Smiling at every stupid thing a man says
is an idiotic feminine reflex.

And she moves on, leaving Johnny forewarned.

NEW ANGLE

Even stranger are the non-human competitors – denizens of Outworld...as we shall learn. Some seem perfectly human, like a small woman, JADE. Others are hooded, like the many monks in the hall. We get glimpses of strange appendages, strange deformities, but no more.

KITANA

sits at a raised table, where she is served like royalty by cowled Outworld monks. Liu hesitates as he passes her table. She lets her gaze linger on him as she did earlier. Liu passes her on his way to

A LONG TABLE

Where he rejoins Sonya and Johnny, who straddles a bench across from Art Lean, who seems completely amazed by what they see on the other side of the hall.

ART LEAN
Hell of a show, eh?

A frenzied thudding of oriental drums silences the hall.


SHANG TSUNG

appears amidst great pomp and ceremony, preceded by a cortege of black cowled monks. He steps onto a dais. He is dressed in his most elegantly embroidered silk. His eyes sweep the hall. The denizens of Outworld practically shrink from him, their heads lowered, cowed. His appearance commands silence in the hall.

SHANG
Welcome! You are here to compete in
Mortal Kombat, the greatest of all
tournaments. You should be proud! Each
one of you has been chosen for your
excellence, your skill, and your
courage! You are the best fighters of
your generation, worthy to represent the
Realm of Earth... and the Realm of
Outworld!

The human contingent mutter among themselves, a little baffled.

38 INTERCUT LIU AND RAIDEN

Liu spies the humbly garbed figure of Raiden standing aloof from the others. Raiden instantly senses the gaze and turns to meet Liu’s eyes.

SHANG
Tomorrow morning, the great combat
begins. The opponents to be chosen by
lots... The winner of each combat will
progress to the next.... Until only one
remains!
(wicked gleam in his eye)
Some will even have the privilege of
fighting Prince Goro, the reigning
champion.
(chilling smile; to human
contingent)
You are all witnesses to one of the
great turning points in the history of
the World!
(slyly ironic)
Treasure these moments... as if they
were your last.

Shang steps from the dais. Once more the drums roll, echoing through the hall.

NEW ANGLE

Liu is deeply troubled. He starts after Shang. Johnny and Sonya see, rise and go after him.

JOHNNY
Where are you going?


LIU
After Shang.

JOHNNY
You can’t. Remember what Raiden said.

Frustrated, Liu hesitates. But Sonya continues past them.

SONYA
He didn’t say anything to me. Shang
knows where Kano’s hiding.

She spots the departing Shang Tsung, and heads after him.

JOHNNY
You gotta admire her. When she sets her
Mind on something....

Both men watch her go after Shang Tsung. They exchange a silent look, and slowly followed after her.

A RAISED, STONE LATTICEWORK WALL

is set about ten feet off the ground, unnoticed by most in the hall. But a huge shadow stands on the other side of it, peering out.

BEHIND THE LATTICEWORK WALL

The figure, back to us in a long silk cloak, reveals only massive shoulders and long black hair, which fans out over the cloak to waist level. This is GORO. Golden earrings gleam in the torchlight as he watches through the latticework

THROUGH LATTICEWORK – JOHNNY AND LIU

who walk just below him and out of the hall. A low murmur, nearly a growl, comes from Goro’s throat.

REVERSE ANGLE

We see Goro’s back receding as he descends a secret stone staircase leading into a dark cavern below. Goro’s retinue of torchbearers are all lean, frightening humanoid soldiers, BARAKAS, with strange exoskeleton armor. They wear helmets of bone, hiding all their features except dull red eyes. The Barakas long wooden spears tipped with razor sharp obsidian points, scrap along the narrow tunnel roof and walls, sending down a shower of sparks as they light they way for their master with torches.

39 EXT. STATUARY GARDEN – NIGHT

Shang Tsung leaves the Great Hall unescorted and makes his way across the garden, when he is accosted by Sonya.

SONYA
I want to talk to you.


Suddenly, two shadows loom, the ninjas Sub-Zero and Scorpion. Sonya wheels to face them, but Shang waves them off.

SHANG
It’s all right. Leave us.

Like bass sinking back into deep water, they recede into the night. Shaken, Sonya turns back to Shang, more conciliatory in tone.

SONYA
Do they always follow you around?

SHANG
That is one of their functions.

SONYA
Ugly job.

SHANG
(ignores the insult)
Yes, especially since they hate each other.

SONYA
Why am I here?

SHANG
I already told you. You had to come.

SONYA
You shanghai’d me!

SHANG
You boarded the boat of your own free
will.

SONYA
I was chasing someone.

SHANG
Kano, the man who murdered your partner.

SONYA
How could you know that? Unless you’re
hiding him.

SHANG
Catching him is the most important thing
in your life. The only thing.

SONYA
Where is he?

SHANG
Oh, he’s here... and you will meet
him. In fact, you are going to fight
him... provided you survive the
preliminary bouts.

SONYA
I didn’t come here to fight in The
Tournament.

SHANG
Then you’ll never meet Kano face to
face.
(almost sensuous)
Tell me you haven’t dreamed of killing
him.
(unctuous)
I know I’m not supposed to play
favorites, but I sincerely hope you
win.

The attraction that Shang seems to feel for Sonya gives her the creeps. Shang smiles, and starts off again across the moonlit statuary garden. Johnny and Liu step from hiding. They are close enough to have heard everything.

SONYA
What are you doing here?

JOHNNY
Watching your back.

SONYA
In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t
need protection.

JOHNNY
We couldn’t help ourselves. It’s a
stupid masculine reflect.

Liu, meanwhile, starts after Shang, who has crossed the garden and disappears as they watch.

SONYA
What are you doing?

LIU
Following him.

SONYA
I can shadow him better alone.

LIU
(coldly)
Shang... is mine.

Liu silently moves through the garden. Exasperated, Sonya follows. Johnny reluctantly brings up the rear.

40 EXT. ORNATE TUNNEL ENTRANCE – NIGHT

Shang disappears through the portal. Moments later, Liu, Sonya and Johnny appear. Liu starts to move forward. Sonya grabs his shoulder.

SONYA
You can’t just follow him in. It’s bad
tactics.

LIU
Maybe you should radio for backup.

She scowls and studied the tunnel entrance. Liu peers in just as Shang disappears around a bend in a long tunnel. Liu follows him. The others reluctantly follow.

40A INT. TUNNEL – NIGHT

Liu peers around the bend in the tunnel.

THE TUNNEL – HIS POV

gives way to naked rock. Ancient stone steps have been carved leading down into a cavernous darkness below.

JOHNNY, LIU, SONYA

The three peer around the corner, now.

JOHNNY
She’s right. In all those old black and
white movies on TV, whenever the good
guys went into a dark cave, bad things
happened.

Liu ignores them, and creeps toward the stairs.

LIU
We didn’t have television in my village.

Sonya goes down after Liu. Johnny follows reluctantly.

JOHNNY (O.S.)
No television? What did everybody do
at night? You know... For fun?

LIU (O.S.)
Human sacrifice.

41 INT. CAVERNS – NIGHT

Johnny strikes a match, dimly illuminating the three faces and a stone stairwell carved in the rock, which leads down into the darkness, as well as another tunnel leading off at an angle.

SONYA
(whispers)
Face it, we’re lost.





JOHNNY
I prefer ’directionally challenged.’
Ouch!

The match burns his fingers. He drops it. Darkness. Far below, there is light.

LIU
There’s a light down there.
(hears something)
Listen.

Johnny strikes a match as they listen. There is the rumble of male voices coming from somewhere. They creep down the stairs toward the light source.

41A INT. CAVERN – ON STAIRS

Sonya, Liu and Johnny are much closer to the light source below them, and can see the topmost part the far wall of Goro’s throne room, with shadows of stalactites and stalagmites enlarged and projected on it by the flickering torchlight. Suddenly, Liu puts up an arm and stops both of them. They all look where he is staring, and their eyes register his amazement.

THRONE ROOM WALL – THEIR POV

Although the "throne room" is still well below them, the shadow of Goro as he crosses to his throne is immense, covering most of the far wall. Goro and the others are invisible from the vantage point of the stairs. Goro’s shadow reaches to a throne, whirls--revealing just for a moment the shadow of four arms. Then he sits.

RESUME JOHNNY, LIU, SONYA

The three are speechless, staring at the shadow as Goro roars again. Johnny tries to combat his own fear... whistling in the graveyard.

JOHNNY
(whisper)
I don’t suppose there’s a little guy
down there, doing... shadow puppets?

LIU
Come on.

Liu sees a narrow ledge leading off from the stairs. They silently creep crawl onto it. Hidden behind large stalactites, they can now see down into the "throne room".

42 EXT. GORO’S THRONE ROOM – CAVERNS – NIGHT

The natural subterranean chamber is studded with stalactites and stalagmites, and illuminated by the flames from a dozen torches. Gold and silver ornaments and tableware gleam in their flickering light on a polished ebony table with high-backed chair

HazellPosted: 12/14/2011 02:34 PMStatus ::


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unlike the games,jade is chinese instead of black,and she is on the bad team all the way,unlike the games,where when kitana joined the good guys jade did to.also she uses her staff like in the game.

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MK3 AD AND LIVE TOUR CODES DECODED (MOST):

Remember the day when we were given kombat kodes in the MK3 ads (check the Media board where I posted those MK3 ads)? No one seemed to reveal what those kodes were.

To no surprise, they didn't need to. I have taken the time to crack them and even list what they do, as well as the codes given at the MK Live Tour.

I used MKSecrets.net to verify these codes. It would appear the ads were made to mislead us...

KEY:
DRAGON=0,
MK=1,
YING=2,
3=3
?=4,
L=5,
GORO=6,
RAYDEN=7,
KAHN=8,
SKULL=9


MK3 CODES CRACKED FROM ADS-
* (purposely got one character wrong to confuse us or perhaps the numbers reflected the number of the ad and we were suppose to guess the symbol in its place?)

ML3-SYG = 1"5"3-926 (should be 123-926) - No Knowledge that is not power
RGS-3?K = 769-34"8" - (should be 769-342) - Winner Fights Noob Saibot
GKK-?RY = 688-4"7"2 - (should be 688-422) - Dark fighting
D3S-LG? = 03"9"-564 (should be 033-564) - Winner Fights Shao Kahn
DYY-YYD = 022-220 - Explosive Kombat and Throwing Disabled
DSM-MSD = 091-190 - Bell Tower

LIVE TOUR CODES:

179035 = street
343343 = the roof
880220 = Kahn's Tower
077022 = The Bridge
123-901 = Soul Chamber
600040 = Kombat Temple
666333 = Graveyard
717313 = Rain can be found at the graveyard text
550550 = Go see live tour message

TJB - ?GG-"11"GG - 466-466 Unlimited run
MOVIE - ?G(4)-?GD = 460-460 Randper Kombat (random morphing)

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Thanks to a stuntman, Donnie Hair, from Mortal Kombat, he pointed out an excellent revealing error:

About 28:35 into the movie, when Johnny Cage and Liu Kang speak before chasing Shang Tsung, notice the people in the background are wearing street clothes? This was not intended and is actually part of the crew.

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RE: Stuff you may or may not have known about the MK movie universe.

-The creature that appears just before Sonya and Mileena fight in MKA (and later eats Jade) looks similar to the one seen in several arenas in MK 2011 (most notably in Shao Kahn's arena). This could be a possible nod to the movie by the Netherrealm team.

-Stryker and Kabal are both mentioned by name in MKA, but are never seen.

-I read somewhere (IMDB I think) that in MKA, Sheeva was supposed to have a fight scene with one of the other characters (I think it was Raiden), but this scene was scrapped bc of the difficulty in animating her movements (leading to her simply being squashed by a cage instead).

-Robin Shou (Liu Kang) and Talisa Soto (Kitana) are the only actors to reprise their roles in the 2nd film. However, Ed Boon does reprise his role as the voice of Scorpion.

-Shao Kahn's hydra animality in MKA marks the only time a boss character was given an animality (of course, many of the bosses/sub-bosses were animal-like anyways)

-Both Robin Shou and the actor who plays his grandfather in the first film star in the Chris Farley comedy "Beverly Hills Ninja."

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Sheeva has more of an importance in the video game lore (as well as the 2nd movie's novel) than she does in the actual Mortal Kombat: Annihilation movie.

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*This information involving Mortal Kombat: Conquest was copied and pasted from mortalkombat.wikia.com because to paraphrase it all would take a while (I think it is all really useful info) and it is well written already so I think this is better.*


In the episode "Debt of the Dragon", the Black Dragon organization is featured.
The episode "The Serpent and the Ice" featured a cameo by Smoke in the very last scene before the credits. It was spoken by the Lin Kuei master that he would hunt down the now rogue Sub-Zero. This storyline never came into play, possibly because the show was cancelled prematurely.
The episode "The Master" features a character named Master Cho. It is rumored that he is the prototype of Bo' Rai Cho.
The episode "Unholy Alliance" features an alliance between Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, which is the premise for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
Former WCW wrestlers Meng and Wrath also made guest appearances.
Guest stars Angelica Bridges, Sung Hi Lee, Dana Hee, Jamie Pressly, Renee Tenison, Kathleen Kinmont, Candace Miller and Suzanne Stokes all posed nude for the adult magazine, Playboy . Another guest star, Eva Mendes, was also featured doing an interview in one issue.
Due to budget constraints, the costuming department was unable to afford any bras for the female cast members.
The series originally aired on the WB Network and was later picked up by Turner Network Television, which aired the remaining new episodes as well as broadcasting the previous ones in syndication. The show was very popular, but according to the show's developer, Joshua Wexler, this resulted in higher budget costs for the show than anticipated. The cancellation was not announced at first and rumors of a second season circulated. However, TNT pulled the plug on the show leaving it with a cliffhanger ending. It was said that the last two episodes were a dream Kung Lao had, making what happened not true. The cliffhanger ending would have been resolved in the second season, which would have summed up the series and corresponded with the MK timeline.
Former QVC model Dorian played the barmaid Magda in the episodes "Twisted Truth" and "Quan Chi".
Martial artist J.J. Perry guest-starred as Sub-Zero in the third episode, "Cold Reality"; ironically, he briefly appeared as Scorpion for a fight scene with Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Going by the game and movie story line, MK: Conquest should be taken place some time in the year 1400.
This series is the only time where Sub-Zero is shown to have a sister and Raiden is surprisingly more lax than any of his counterparts in the games or film.
"Serpent and the Ice" was considered the best episode of Mortal Kombat Conquest, which came at no surprise since it features a fight between Scorpion and Sub-Zero, two of the most loved characters in the Mortal Kombat world. The episode also won the prize for best fight, for the reasons quoted above.

If you want more MK info than you would know what to do with, go to mortalkombat.wikia.com

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There was a documentary I watched during the summer of 2014 about the Mortal Kombat franchise throughout time on YouTube. I can't remember the name of it, but there was a part of the script shown in the video for Mortal Kombat Annihilation that was changed. It would have to be the segment where they discuss the movie. I'll have to find it sometime.

Apparently after Earth was restored, Johnny Cage came back to life and was reunited with the cast. That was changed obviously and well he wasn't mentioned and pretty much forgotten at the end. The last mention of him in the film was Sonya complaining about Johnny not being saved and Jax asking her who he was.


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