Bruce Lee in Video Games, the Blogpost! Part 2 - The 90's
It's no secret that Mortal Kombat was heavily influenced by so many of the Hong Kong films that we love here at Heroes Three. A fantastic setting with one foot in Enter the Dragon and one foot in Big Trouble in Little China, Ed Boon and John Tobias wore their influences on their sleeves with MK. Among the handful of Asian cinema tropes, of course there would be a Bruce Lee.
This was a big deal to me because Liu Kang was inspired by Gordon Liu and Bruce Lee... the Asian martial arts action stars of my childhood. They were my heroes and I wanted us to share that with our players... (8/13)— John Tobias (@therealsaibot) April 1, 2021
The fun thing about MK is that they used real actors and then digitized them, creating a more realistic look at the time, and helping the game stand out in arcades. Ho-Sung Pak was cast to play Liu Kang in MK1 and MK2. He also has some action cinema chops. He had a role in Jackie's Drunken Master II, and was a stunt coordinator for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze where he also doubled for Raphael there, and in its follow up TMNT III.
Chatting with Pat Johnson about up coming fight scene pic.twitter.com/a6z1Q61PHH— Daniel Pesina (@masterpesina) February 23, 2017
1992 - World Heroes - ADK with SNK