Why was there a romantic relationship between Liu Kang and Kitana in MKA?
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03/13/2014 12:11 AM EST
You know Hanky, if you think your ideas are really that impressive, then why don't you go make a Twitter account and show them to Ed Boon himself? I'm sure he'd just LOVE them.
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03/13/2014 01:30 AM EST
MK-Sonic Wrote:
It's kinda funny having romance in a movie/game where every other character is dieing. But there's something from the first MK that I'll never forget:

CAGE: "I think your hard on for a date."

KANG: "No I'm not!"

CAGE: "Liu, she's 10,000 years old!"

KANG: "So what?"

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prime eample of shitty script writing. Also, all movies need to have a romantic angle, since that sells according to the studios. Well, it's bullshit on obvious levels, but unless people stop paying attention to overinflated Hollywood products that is not going to change.

Liu/Kitana is redundant in MK.

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03/13/2014 01:47 AM EST
Love is a fundamental part of the human experience. Without it appearing at least SOMEWHERE in a narrative, the personalities involved and their character motivations cannot be truly three-dimensional.

Liu Kang, for example, wasn't a very compelling character on his own when he was first created, too selflessly heroic and lacking in personal drive and emotional content. It is only the interpersonal relationships and emotional attachments he formed in the sequels and adaptations that made him grow and become a more realistically motivated and interesting person.
Furthermore, note how Kitana has the most personal reason to hate Shao Kahn of anyone in the cast...but can never be the one to personally defeat him because she's too physically weak and not the main protagonist of the Kahn trilogy. If she cannot play a firsthand role in the conclusion of her own mission, her relevance to the plot becomes less and less with each game.
By giving her the deepest possible connection to the main hero who DOES get to defeat the main villain, however, and making her not just a resource for him or a minor sidekick, but an actual part of his core character motivation, she becomes plot-relevant once again.
In fact, if you'll look at John Tobias's behind the scenes notes for MK1, specifically, the parts about "Kitsune", the unused character who later became Kitana in MK2, you will clearly see that the very reason Kitana was created was to BE the main character's romantic interest because Tobias deliberately built his story on classic archetypes, tropes, and plot structure. The man studied the art of Storytelling and used the most iconic foundations possible to create a narrative that would be compelling to the widest possible audience.
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03/13/2014 07:35 AM EST
SwingBatta Wrote:
All the greatest love films have love triangle. Even the film above Scorned is a love triangle although it is a twisted horror film. I think it could fit in MK something like this if NRS developed a character with a love theme.


Yeah, like Twilight, right?

Anyway, no one other than yourself gives a flying fuck about some D-movie you dragged up out of completely nowhere, so justifying its presence in here is pointless.


MK's love story is lower than that of a D-Movie's lol.
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03/14/2014 12:18 PM EST
Hank, the problem here is that you're not suggesting ideas - you're spamming them. I think most of us can agree that the female costumes in MK9 were too slutty/hooker but multiple threads on shoes and hoods is going too far and just not on.

Razor, i think the main issue here is not that romance exists within the plot, but that it was interpreted in game subtextually, but Annihilation made it blatant and cheap.
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03/16/2014 01:00 PM EST
PickleMendip Wrote:
Hank, the problem here is that you're not suggesting ideas - you're spamming them. I think most of us can agree that the female costumes in MK9 were too slutty/hooker but multiple threads on shoes and hoods is going too far and just not on.

Razor, i think the main issue here is not that romance exists within the plot, but that it was interpreted in game subtextually, but Annihilation made it blatant and cheap.


MK has a mediocore love story. Maybe a beauty and the beast love story might work. Johnny Cage and Mileena after Mileena becomes good????? Maybe a love triangle, Johnny Cage, Mileena and Sonya. Everyone always talking about Johnny and Sonya so add someone else to create a love triangle.
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03/16/2014 06:20 PM EST
PickleMendip Wrote:
Razor, i think the main issue here is not that romance exists within the plot, but that it was interpreted in game subtextually, but Annihilation made it blatant and cheap.


Well Annihilation was a poorly written movie in all aspects, there's no arguing that.

But if we're talking about the movies, the romance was right up front in the first one too, so why is he only complaining about the sequel?
Plus, if you reeeeally want to get into the topic creator's first post (which seems foolish to me since that was made all the way back in 2003)...his reasons are dumb. "She's too old for him"? That's one of the biggest reasons why they work. She ages super-slow and the tournament champion doesn't age at all, so they'd never have the Highlander "I'm watching you grow old and die while I stay the same" problem.
Y'know...being murdered notwithstanding.
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03/23/2014 06:46 PM EST
Well the difference from the first film to the second is, in the first one Liu Kang is attracted to her and there is chemistry.
In the second one, all of a sudden Liu is talking to her like they've been a couple for a while.
Did they ever even share an on screen kiss?
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03/25/2014 04:23 AM EST
Zentile Wrote:
Well the difference from the first film to the second is, in the first one Liu Kang is attracted to her and there is chemistry.
In the second one, all of a sudden Liu is talking to her like they've been a couple for a while.


Very true.

Zentile Wrote:
Did they ever even share an on screen kiss?


Pretty sure that's a nope.
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06/30/2020 11:03 AM EST

This entire thing is hilarious. Because they all have a kid.

2020 vs 2014. Also very rude to each other.

The whole timeline is fucked so you can all do what you wish with that info.

Some of you are very ignorant and immature.