Starring: Robin Shou, Bridgette Wilson, Linden Ashby, Christopher Lambert, Talisa Soto, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Role: Shang Tsung
Mortal Kombat is a movie based on the highly successful video game series of the same name.
The film was considered to be the first major success for video-game movie adaptions, coming out a year after the critically disappointing Street Fighter and two years after the disastrous flop, Super Mario Bros. [Wikipedia]
Cary was the only actor considered for the role of Shang Tsung. Usually once actors reach Cary's level, they are not required to audition for some roles. However, Cary insisted on auditioning. He showed up in costume and read a monologue from the movie, then told stories for hours about sorcery and such. He fit the part so well, he was nicknamed on the set as "the Sorceror."
Notes: As the demon sorceror Shang Tsung, Cary Tagawa is one of the best things in the movie. He gave such a wonderful, fun performance, and once again stole the show. He even got to show off his martial arts talent, though I thought he should have been allowed to do more fighting. Unfortunately, Cary was not in the second movie, Mortal Kombat Annihilation. However, seeing how awful Annihilation was, that's probably a good thing.
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Review by duce2 on February 14, 2007
Cary is GOD in this movie. He was the best. It's a pity that he had to die. mr.Tagawa - you are the best. I am from Ukraine, and we respect you here.
Review by Dave on June 23, 2006
I loved mortal kombat! It is the best movie based off a video game to date, and the martial arts were pretty well done. It was much better than #2. Cary did a great Shang Tsung and was the best part.
Review by Fedor on September 09, 2009
Dear mr.Tagawa you was the best Shang Tsung ever in history of Mortal Kombat ! ! !
I wish to see you again in new version of MK with mr Lambert and ms Soto and the others ..
From all Russians fans wish you live forever .
All the best in future projects ..
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