Warner Bros Japan will let go the Mortal Kombat film in Japan on June 18, 2021. The film will be released in Japan even though none of the recent games are released in the country. Even Warner Bros acknowledged that fact in its Japanese press release. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]
Only a few Mortal Kombat games have been officially released in Japan so far, the latest of which Mortal Kombat Trilogy for the first PlayStation. This is due to the outrageously gory Fatality scenes throughout the series, which would not be accepted by the Japanese game rating board CERO. It’s also part of the reason why Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate tournament in EVO Online 2021 will only take place in North America, Latin America and Europe without including Asia.
An important factor in the decision to use the Mortal Kombat film to Japan is that two of the main characters are played by Japanese actors. They are Tadanobu Asano as Raiden and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion. The Japanese film regulator Eirin has given permission for this film to appear in IMAX, 4DX and MX4D theaters with an R15 + rating.
The Mortal Kombat film will be released in Western theaters and HBO Max on April 16, 2021. It will then make its way to Japanese theaters on June 18, 2021. The latest title in the fighting game series, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate, is available immediately in the West on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch and PC, with cross-play support on the first four platforms.
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