Kung Lao actor Max Huang reveals that Mortal Kombat’s most gruesome doom was done more with practical effects than CGI.
[The following contains spoilers for Mortal Kombat]
Mortal KombatSurprisingly, Kung Lao’s savage and bloody doom had more practical effects than CGI. At $ 22.5 million at the box office this weekend, the latest adaptation of the popular fighting game Midway is a bigger hit than experts predicted.
The first adaptation of Mortal Kombat Of course, it was released in 1995 and received $ 23 million in its opening weekend. Directed by a preDemonic resident Paul WS Anderson, the previous film, toned down the game’s insane violence to achieve a PG-13 rating. 2021 Mortal Kombat However, it does not tone down the violence and in fact presents a blood level that is unusual for even the most extreme R-rated movies of today.
Among the many hideously gruesome moments in the new and deservedly rated R Mortal Kombat is a memorable fatality (a finishing move in Mortal Kombat slang) of the character Kung Lao (Max Huang) versus the character Nitara (Mel Jarnson). In the scene in question, Kung Lao ends his brief battle with the winged Nitara by jumping onto her back as she flies and mounting her in his spinning razor-brimmed hat, carefully slicing her in half. Surprisingly for a movie released in 2021, the incredibly gory moment was actually created using more practical movie magic than CGI. Talking to CinemaBlendKung Lao actor Huang himself spoke about filming the scene, which actually turned out to be very messy:
It was a mixture of both. But it was actually more practical than CGI, I have to say that because all the blood you see is real. I can’t reveal too much, but when we shot that fatality, it was coming towards me and it was a disaster.
Of course, CGI work was added in post-production to make the already brutal death look even more horrifying. But even with that being the case, there was still enough blood on the set that the experience was all too real for Huang and others involved in the shooting. “I think a lot of people felt sick on set seeing it.Huang revealed.
Certainly, audiences seem to be responding positively to the blood-soaked, bone-crushing action in Mortal Kombat as the film won the weekend box office. Of course, there are some who have argued that the film goes too far in trying to capture the ultraviolent action featured in the long-running video game series. However, ultimately, Mortal Kombat it is a violent game and any reasonably faithful adaptation, by definition, will itself be violent. In fact, it could be said that it wouldn’t make sense Mortal Kombat movie that didn’t relapse into blood and guts in the extreme, regardless of whether it resulted in an R rating. Kung Lao’s death is just one of several moments in the new movie that rise to the blood level expected by Mortal Kombat fans who want the movie to provide a closer gaming experience when it comes to over-the-top brutality. The fact that this particular moment was delivered using practical effects rather than CGI only adds to its insanity.
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