Yes, even in my youth when Dinosaurs ruled the Earth, Mortal Kombat was a pretty big thing. I became a fan of the game rather quickly. It wasn’t the violent martial arts aspect that drew me in. Although I totally did dig playing Johnny Cage, especially using his Shadow Kick move. For myself I was enamored with two elements above all. The mythology of the MK game as well as Goro, who was obviously stop motion animation. Of course this was all back in 1992, four years before the Mortal Kombat Live Tour would be unleashed.
Now in all honesty, it was 1993’s Mortal Kombat II that really got the ball rolling for Kombat fever. Ed Boon and John Tobias raised the bar on the amount of characters you could play. As well as seriously expanding the mythos of the game universe. Having said that however… the mythology of the game has always been fluid. Mortal Kombat II was a huge success for Midway Games and with it the merchandising began.
While I will certainly admit to being biased when it comes to characters in the game series. I believe that much of the success of Mortal Kombat II was due to Kung Lao. The former Order of Light warrior who chose to join the White Lotus Society. To better defend Earthrealm against the dark forces of Shao Khan. Of course, Kung Lao, is in fact my favorite Mortal Kombat character. Ever. It might have something to do with being a sharp dresser, not to mention that razor sharp hat he sports.
After the releases of Mortal Kombat III as well as Ultimate MK3. It was time for the game series to step into a new direction. A live action film in 1995 starring the likes of Christopher Lambert and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Helmed by the future Director of Event Horizon, Resident Evil and AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Paul W.S. Anderson.
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You might recall that in 1990, the popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles led to a live tour. With comic books, music, toys, and of course video games being so popular. Is it any wonder that the Mortal Kombat Live Tour would come to be?
To be honest, the show in fact debuted at the Radio Music City Hall in September of 1995. After that it went on a 200 city tour for 1996, featuring none other than Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. No, not as Shang Tsung like he portrayed in the hit film, but as one of the fight coordinators!
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Obviously to drum up excitement for the Mortal Kombat Live Tour, the cast would appear on local television. Like in this 1996 segment from the KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles.