Mortal Kombat (film)

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Mortal Kombat is a 1995 film about three unknowing martial artists who are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world. It is based on the video game series of the same name.

Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. Written by Kevin Droney.
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  • [appears before Cage, Sonya and Liu Kang] Listen, what you are about to face is far more important than... [to Cage] Your ego... [to Sonya] Your enemy.... [to Liu Kang] Or your quest for revenge, you're about to embark on a sacred mission. You have been chosen to defend the realm of a tournament called Mortal Kombat.
  • They are all great fighters. But I have looked into their souls…and yours. One of you three will decide the outcome of the tournament. The fate of billions depends upon you. [chuckling before realizing what he did] Sorry.
  • You can overcome any adversary, no matter how bizarre their powers may seem, there is always a way. Only one thing that can defeat you: your own fear. You must first face your fears if you are to conquer them. [to Cage] You, Johnny, are afraid you're a fake, so you'll rush into any fight just to prove you're not. You'll fight bravely enough, but foolishly...carelessly...and you'll be beaten. [to Sonya] You, Sonya, are afraid to admit that even you sometimes need help. If you are afraid to trust, you will lose. [to Liu Kang when he asked him about his fears of being responsible for Chan's death and his own destiny] You fear your own destiny. You already fled it once when you went to America. It has brought you guilt for the death of your brother....Every mortal is responsible for his own destiny. Despair's the most dangerous fear of all. I know this, and so does Shang Tsung. He can peer into your soul and use the fear he sees there against you. You must be prepared.

Shang Tsung

  • From this moment on, my island will be your battleground. [points to Liu Kang] Liu Kang, you will be first. Let Mortal Kombat begin.
  • Welcome. You are here to compete in...Mortal Kombat. Tomorrow morning, the Great Kombat begins. Some of you will even have the distinct honor...and face Prince Goro,...our reigning champion. You are all witnesses to one of the greatest turning points in the history of your planet. Treasure these if they were your last. And now for a taste of things to come.
  • Flawless Victory!
  • Your soul is mine!
  • Finish Him!
  • Fatality!

Johnny Cage

  • I'm in a hostile environment. I'm totally unprepared. And I'm surrounded by a bunch of guys who probably want to kick my ass... it's like being back in high school.
  • Those were $500 sunglasses, asshole!
  • I'm going to my trailer. I'm gonna get a gun and I'M GONNA SHOOT MYSELF FOR BEING IN YOUR MOVIE!
  • Let's Dance.
  • This is where you fall down.

Liu Kang

  • You can look into my soul, but you don’t own it.
  • I am the chosen one.


  • Grandfather: Spare him, my lord Raiden. American life has enfeebled his mind. Too much television.
  • Kitana: If I did not believe in you Liu Kang, I would not have helped you. In the Black Tower, you will face three challenges. You must face your enemy. You must face yourself. And you must face your worst fear.
  • Scorpion: GET OVER HERE!


[In Hong Kong, Sonya and Jax's team are pursuing Kano, while the crowd is watching a band perform.]
Jax: Trust me, Sonya!
Sonya Blade: I only trust one person, Jax, and you're talking to her.
Kano: Good boy. She's here! Right on time. I love punctuality in a woman. Don't you... Mr. Shang Tsung?
[Shang Tsung stares at Kano]
Kano: Are you sure she'll follow me?
Shang Tsung: You killed her partner, didn't you? She'll follow you into Hell. Just make sure she's on the boat. Sonya Blade must be at the tournament.
[Kano smiles and opens a hatch.]
Kano: Maybe me and Sonya should share a cabin. Have our own little honeymoon cruise...
Shang Tsung: [unimpressed] If you so much as touch her, Kano... [Unsheathes a knife] You'll need a seeing eye dog.

Johnny Cage: Where do you get these guys?! And the press says I don't know how to do this stuff.
Director: Cut. All right reset people. We're back in 15 minutes.
Johnny Cage: No, I'm not doing it again!
Director: What do you mean you're not doing it again?
Johnny Cage: I mean I'm not doing it again!
Director: Johnny, it's the last shot of the picture. Where are you going?
Johnny Cage: I'm going to my trailer, I'm gonna get a gun, and I'm gonna shoot myself for being in your movie!

Johnny Cage: [seeing someone sitting in his chair] Hey, mister. You're in my chair.
Master Boyd: [reading a tabloid, and lowering it to reveal himself] Hi, Johnny.
Johnny Cage: Oh, Master Boyd.
Master Boyd: I can see that the press is still giving you a hard time.
Johnny Cage: Yeah, they think I'm a fake.
Master Boyd: Johnny, you are one of the best martial artists in the world, and I can help you prove it.
Johnny Cage: Prove it? How?
Master Boyd: A tournament, "THE" tournament. [Hands him an invitation] It's held once a generation. The best fighters in the world are invited. You win the tournament, you win their respect. They'll tell the whole world, that you're the real goods.
Johnny Cage: So, how do I...
Master Boyd: There's a boat, it leaves Pier 40, Hong Kong tomorrow, be on it.

Liu Kang: [to Grandfather] I had enough of this. I'm going to find my brother's killer at the tournament, with or without your consent.
Grandfather: [to Raiden] He isn't ready, my lord, and we lost so much time.
Raiden: I know, but there's no one else.

Johnny Cage: Hey, pal! When the ship comes in, could you put these on board?
Liu Kang: You want me to carry your luggage?
Johnny Cage: Yeah. I pay money, you carry the bags, or is that too complicated?
Liu Kang: No... [takes money out of Cage's hand] I got it.
Johnny Cage: Good.
[Liu Kang picks up a suitcase and drops it in the water, then smiles at Cage while walking away.]
Johnny Cage: Huh. Thank God I didn't ask him to park the car...

Johnny Cage: We got a guy with things comin' out of his hands, we got another guy who freezes stuff, and then there's a man, who as far as I can tell, is made out of electricity. I mean, how did he disappear like that? What is goin' on here? Who is this guy?!
Sonya Blade: Let's just think this through. There is a rational explanation for all this.
Liu Kang: He's Raiden, god of lightning and protector of the realm of Earth.
Johnny Cage: Oh yeah, there's your rational explanation!

Liu Kang: Where are you going?
Sonya Blade: After Shang Tsung.
Liu Kang: You can't go after him. Don't you remember what Raiden said?
Sonya Blade: Yeah, well, he didn't say anything to me. Shang Tsung knows where Kano's hiding. [goes on ahead]
Johnny Cage: You know, you gotta admire her. When she sets her mind on something...
Liu Kang: It's not her mind you're admiring. [follows after Sonya]
Johnny Cage: [shrugs] It's true.

Johnny Cage: Don't worry, I've got a plan.
Sonya Blade: Oh, I can't believe this! You are the most egotistical, self-deluded person I have ever met!
Johnny Cage: Yeah, well you forgot good-looking.

Kano: See, me...l believe in a fair fight. You know, one-on-one, man-to-man...hand-to-hand. Just like what my daddy taught me. But what I saw up there was not very fair.
Sonya Blade: [spots Kano sitting and eating his meal while discussing and attempts to go before Johnny stops her] That's Kano.
Johnny Cage: Forget about Kano. Who's the other guy?
Kano: So then he freezes this guy, right? And then he explodes. l could see his guts and everything. [eating] Almost lost my lunch.
Goro: [Goro glaring in disgust] Disgusting.
Kano: What I wanna know... if this Shang Tsung guy's so great, how come he's got such a crummy-looking boat? Ah, anyway, guy gives me the creeps. [mimicking Shang Tsung] "Treasure... these... moments!"
Goro: That was his intention. Shang Tsung is a great sorcerer. The wise cultivate his favor. Those who challenge his power become his slaves.
Kano: [startled] Yeah? Well, I haven't seen any of them around.
Goro: You fool. You know nothing. He enslaves souls. He learned the black arts from the Emperor himself.
Kano: You're some kinda royalty too, right?
Goro: I am Goro! General of the armies of Outworld, and prince of the subterranean realm of Shokan.
Kano: Subterranean? What's that, something like underground?
Goro: Yes... Something like that.
Kano: Yeah, well, I'm kind of an underworld boss myself. [Goro glares at him before he begins to smack the cup spilling his drink] Well... I mean, back home.
Goro: How lucky for them... "back home".
Shang Tsung: [enters the room descending on the stairs] It's true, Prince Goro. Why else would I have chosen such a disreputable-looking cretin? [motioning to Kano] Look at him! No dignity, no manners... Yet in the realm of Earth, men like him can amass great wealth, and almost god-like power.
Kano: Yeah, and I'd like to get back to my amassing as soon as possible, if you don't mind. Now when do I get paid?
Shang Tsung: After you have fought the girl. But remember, she's not to be harmed only humiliated. [sinisterly smiling] I have special plans for my beautiful Sonya.
Goro: To what do we owe the honor of your visit, Shang Tsung?
Shang Tsung: I have come to warn you that Kung Lao's descendant is competing in the tournament. You must handle him carefully
Goro: I saw this Liu Kang in the Hall. He'll pose no problem.
Shang Tsung: [bitter] This is no time for foolish pride! We've never been this close to absolute victory, which is why I've come to warn you of another danger...Princess Kitana.
Goro: The Emperor's adopted daughter? Why should I worry about her?
Shang Tsung: Princess Kitana is 10,000 years old, and the rightful heir to the throne of Outworld. But she must not be allowed to join with the forces from the realm of Earth, especially...Liu Kang.
Johnny Cage: "[to Liu Kang] What's so special about you?
Liu Kang: I don't know.
Shang Tsung: The Emperor will not tolerate failure...and neither...will...I.
Goro: I DO NOT FAIL!!!
Johnny Cage: Let's get outta here.
[The trio were about to move when suddenly a small debris of pebbles startled the demonic trio]
Kano: [startled] What?
Goro: [startled] What is it?
Shang Tsung: We are not...alone.
[Shang Tsung motions to the guard to begin their search for the chosen heroes]

Johnny Cage: Kitana went this way... I can smell her perfume.
Liu Kang: I don't smell anything.
[shortly they are back where they started]
Sonya Blade: I smell something... Bullshit! [starts going down another way, followed by Liu Kang; Johnny mockingly mimes Sonya before following]

[Liu Kang, Johnny and Sonya had just fought off a trio of guards and brags before Raiden appears behind them sitting on the stairs giving a sarcastic slow applause to the others]
Raiden: Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Now why don't you tell me what you plan to do about... them?
[the three turn to see dozens of guardsmen ready to fight them, but as they take one step, Raiden's eyes glow with power, freezing them on their tracks as the Thunder God shakes his head negatively.]
Raiden: Uh-uh. I don't think so. [chuckling to the guards and his eyes glow with electric sparks before he speaks to the Earthrealm fighters] You'll find that this is the way out. [escorts them out as the guards make way]
Johnny Cage: [tossing a spear to one of the guards] You guys are lucky he stopped us.
Raiden: So now you've seen what you'll be facing at the tournament.
Sonya Blade: You mean Goro?
Raiden: And Shang Tsung.
Liu Kang: Will Shang Tsung fight in the tournament?
Raiden: If he chooses to. As a former champion, he has the right to do so, and he's far more dangerous than Goro. His power comes from the souls of vanquished warriors. To fight Shang Tsung, is to face not one...but a legion of adversaries. [pointing his finger] Remember that. Tomorrow, the tournament begins. Be prepared.

Shang Tsung: Sonya Blade. I have something for you, my dear.
Sonya Blade: I don't want anything from you.
Shang Tsung: On the contrary. I have something you want very much. You can thank me later.
[Kano enters the arena to fight Sonya]
Kano: 'Ello, baby. Did you miss me? [pulls out one of his butterfly knives] Now look at this. This little baby brings back memories, now doesn't it?
Sonya Blade: What, you used it to knife your mother in the back?
Kano: Nah. It put a big smile on your partner, though. Ear... [motions the knife across his face] fffshhhh... to ear.
[Kano chuckles, then swipes at Sonya, who dodges; he then holds her as she attacks]
Kano: Give it up, baby, I've studied all your moves!
Sonya Blade: Yeah? Study THIS! [kicks Kano in the stomach]

Shang Tsung: Challenging Goro, eh? You weren't supposed to fight him now. Are you that eager to die?
Johnny Cage: I'm not the one who's gonna die.
Shang Tsung: I see. You're very foolish. A true sign of a hero. You want to protect your friends, but make no mistake; they too will die, after Goro destroys you.
Johnny Cage: So what's the problem?
Shang Tsung: As you wish. As absurd as your request is I shall grant it. In return, I reserve the right to challenge the winner myself... or another of my choosing. In a place designated by me for the final battle of the tournament.
Johnny Cage: You got it, pal.
[Shang Tsung leaves; Raiden, who had been listening in, steps up]
Raiden: What have you done?
Johnny Cage: I made a choice. This is our tournament, remember? Mortal Kombat. We fight it!
[Johnny leaves, Raiden smiles]
Raiden: Good. At last one of them has understood.

Shang Tsung: Finish him quickly. Pay me my tribute.
Goro: This puny mortal will be no problem. I'll crush him with one blow.
Johnny Cage: All right? Let's dance.

[after Liu Kang defeats Reptile]
Kitana: Well done. You're finally learning, Liu Kang.
Liu Kang: Kitana.
Kitana: Come with me.
[Kitana, Johnny Cage and Liu Kang are travelling through the destroyed remains of the Outworld.]
Liu Kang: What happened here?
Kitana: The same thing that could happen to your world unless you prevent it. My father was the rightful ruler of Outworld. Then his best warriors lost 10 Mortal Kombats and the emperor entered the realm. Killed my parents and adopted me to lay claim to the throne. It was beautiful once, until Shang Tsung engineered its destruction.
Liu Kang: How can I stop this from happening in my world?
Kitana: If I didn't believe in you, Liu Kang, I would not have helped you. In the dark tower, you will face three challenges. You must face your enemy. You must face yourself. And you must face your worst fear.

Kitana: Stay where you are. Will you interfere with the tournament and betray our emperor? In his great wisdom, Mortal Kombat can not be won by treachery.
Shang Tsung: How dare you speak to me about treachery?
[Johnny Cage is seen unchaining a grateful Sonya.]
Kitana: Your ignorance will lose you for all time the keys to the realm of Earth.
Shang Tsung: Very well. Johnny Cage! I challenge you!
Liu Kang: [steps into the arena] No! You'll fight me. I am Liu Kang, descendant of Kung Lao. I challenge you to Mortal Kombat. Do you accept, or yield?
Shang Tsung: I accept. Leave us. I will take care of this impudent mortal myself.

Kitana: Face your worst fear.
Liu Kang: [to Shang Tsung] I'm not afraid of my destiny. Face me!
[Shang Tsung shapeshifts into Chan, then turns back to Liu Kang]
Shang Tsung: Liu.
Liu Kang: Chan? It can't be you.
Shang Tsung: Rayden sent me, to help you.
Liu Kang: You're not really Chan.
Shang Tsung: Remember when our parents died? You promised you'd always take care of me?
Liu Kang: I remember.
Shang Tsung: It's my turn to take care of you. Come with me. I forgive you for letting me die.
Liu Kang: [having an epiphany] ...It wasn't my fault.
Shang Tsung: Brother?
Liu Kang: No. Chan chose his own path. Every man is responsible for his own destiny. [full of resolve] Shang Tsung killed my brother!
Shang Tsung: [shifts back to normal, angry] YOU'RE MINE!!! [Liu Kang gets pummeled and Shang Tsung held him by his hair with an angry mocking look] The Chosen One.
Liu Kang: [As Shang Tsung walks away disappointed but turns as Liu Kang gets up with an angry determined look on his face] I am The Chosen One.

[Shang Tsung tries to throw some blows but Liu Kang reversed his blows and holding him at the wrists]

Liu Kang: You hear your slaves, sorcerer? [the souls fly off from both sides of Shang Tsung's Body] You have lost your power over them. They have risen up against you. Free Them!
Shang Tsung: [Enraged] They are mine... forever!

[Liu Kang dishes some blows and gave him a mortal wound as Shang Tsung looks angrily at Liu Kang]

Liu Kang: All those souls and you still don't have one of your own. I pity you, sorcerer.
Shang Tsung: [Enraged] Save your pity for THE WEAK!
Liu Kang: Surrender, it's over.

'[Shang Tsung tries to throw a few blows but Liu Kang punches the sorcerer in the gut and backed a few paces away, but still standing his ground.]

Shang Tsung: [Enraged] NEVER!

[Shang Tsung in one last act of defiance charges towards Liu Kang and gets pummeled around with his fists towards the precipice and Liu Kang with a special fireball blast of his own with such tremendous energy sent Shang Tsung flying towards the the spikes impaling and killing him. Liu Kang gives one last defiant look at Shang Tsung's impaled body with two words of his own]

Liu Kang: Flawless victory.

[last lines]
Shao Kahn: You weak, pathetic fools! I've come for your souls!
Raiden: I don't think so. [he, Liu Kang, Kitana, Sonya and Johnny assume fighting poses]


  • Choose Your Destiny...
  • FIGHT!
  • Nothing In This World Has Prepared You For This
  • Kombat Begins
  • Flawless Victory
  • Test Your Might


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