Mortal Kombat (1995) is what you’d call a double-edged sword movie, isn’t it? While the horrible dialogue and peculiar storytelling elements make you hate it, the sheer effort and enthusiasm of the cast and crew make it loveable. It’s simply a guilty pleasure movie, with some truly enjoyable highlights, and really memorable quotes. While that may seem odd, considering that I said the movie has “horrible dialogue”, there are definitely some hidden gems. Today, I’ve ranked the 3 best Liu Kang Quotes of Mortal Kombat (1995).
Say what you want about Mortal Kombat (1995), Robin Shou did an great job portraying Liu Kang. Whether it was the charm, behavior or likeably personality, Robin Shou nailed it. Together with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Shang Tsung) and Linden Ashby (Johnny Cage), they form the holy trinity of guilty pleasure game movie actors! Because of that, Mortal Kombat (1995) is worth revisiting, time and time again!
3. “You can look into my soul, but you don’t own it.”
Most of Liu Kang’s comments during the final fight are excellent, with this being among the best. While merely a jab at Shang Tsung, he’s saying that you can’t take my soul, but I welcome you to look at it. In other words, he can look, but he can’t touch! Consquently, Liu Kang is indirectly threatening Shang Tsung, saying that he will never own his soul, and that if he tries, he dies!
2. “I’m Liu Kang, descendant of Kung Lao. I challenge you to Mortal Kombat. Do you accept or yield?”
There’s nothing particularly complex about this quote. Quite the contrary, as it’s straightforward and simplistic, which works nicely as it’s an invitation for an ass whooping! Sometimes it’s the most simple quotes that stick the landing, as it comes down to the actor’s ability to convey emotion. It goes without saying, but Robin Shou knocked it out of the park with the delivery of these lines, and made it feel badass. While merely a call-out, it’s enough to send shivers down my spine, that’s for sure!
1. “All those souls, and you still don’t have one of your own. I pity you, sorcerer.”
#CheckMate. There’s nothing more that needs to be said, is there? Liu Kang simply states that Shang Tsung doesn’t have his own soul. Hence why he collects the souls of others; to be young and powerful, which are assets gained from his victims. Thus, Liu Kang’s poking fun, while also calling him out on borrowed strength, as the souls his stolen are not his to keep. The time has come for the souls to be released, and right before killing him, he utters these lines. It’s safe to say, Liu Kang walked away with a Fatality!