Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby
Plot: Three martial artists are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.
Brandon Lee was said to have been originally cast as Johnny Cage, but died before production began.
Originally the character of Kano was Japanese-American. However, Ed Boon and John Tobias were so impressed with how Trevor Goddard portrayed him that they retconned Kano's history in future games to make him Australian, which they thought was Goddard's nationality. They later learned that, although Goddard gave Kano an Australian accent, Goddard himself was actually born in England but had claimed to be of Australian descent.
Jean-Claude Van Damme turned down the role of Johnny Cage to do Street Fighter (1994). The character in the games was originally based on him.
The film's soundtrack went platinum in less than two weeks.
Ed Boon, co-creator of the original video game "Mortal Kombat," starred as the voice of Scorpion.
When the chameleon creature takes over the body of an Outworld statue and rises as a green ninja, you can hear, very quietly, a voice say "Reptile". This is the voice of Shao Kahn, and was sampled directly from Mortal Kombat II (1993).
Steven Spielberg, an avid fan of video games, in particular the Mortal Kombat series, was set to make a cameo appearance as the director in Johnny Cage's first scene. However scheduling conflicts forced him to back out. Nonetheless, the "director" character in this scene does resemble Spielberg, which is most likely a reference to this.
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras performed all her own stunts (refusing to use a double), up to and including the fight scenes.
Robin Shou originally turned down the opportunity to audition for the movie, assuming that he'd be cast as a stereotypical Asian villain. He reconsidered at the advice of his agent.
Cameron Diaz was originally set to play Sonya Blade, but she broke her wrist before filming and was replaced by Bridgette Wilson-Sampras.
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa was the filmmakers' first and only choice for the role of Shang Tsung. Shang Tsung was depicted as relatively younger in the film in order to avoid the excessive makeup that would have been required to duplicate his aged appearance in the game.
The locations in Thailand were so remote they were only accessible by boat. Cast, crew and equipment had to be transported by long canoes. An outhouse was built in a secluded area near the set so that the crew didn't have to make constant trips to and from the mainland.
Scripted but not filmed was a scene where Shang Tsung allowed the "Kombatants" a night to bury Art Lean and mourn his loss. They buried him the Garden of Statues, underneath the statue of Kung Lao; this is the only place where Kung Lao appears in any of the movies. Also scripted but not filmed was a battle between Sonya Blade and Jade, another of Shang Tsung's bodyguards.
Liu Kang doesn't perform any of his "special moves", until he has traveled to outworld. It is there in which he performs both his gravity-defying bicycle kick and later his fireball to Reptile and Shang Tsung respectively.
Liu Kang was supposed to duplicate the acrobatic flips of Sub Zero's down the ramp during the fight, but Robin Shou couldn't pull it off successfully. After a few takes, instead of the acrobatics, he just ran down into the ramp yelling like a maniac. That's the shot that got used.
Robin Shou said that in the original script he "was supposed to fall in love with Talisa Soto [Kitana]. I was looking forward to it, but they thought we have so much action, we don't want to add romance to it. They cut it out."
Reptile was originally not included in the movie, but was added in response to focus groups being unimpressed with the original fights in the film.
When Johnny Cage defeats Scorpion, he throws at his corpse an autographed photo of himself. In the Mortal Kombat games, this is Cage's "Friendship" finishing move.
The film was originally supposed to end just after Rayden tells Liu Kang and company: "I've gotta tell you something, you guys did great." But a new ending was re-shot and incorporated into the final film, which is when The Emperor (Shao Kahn) suddenly appears and says, "You weak, pathetic fools, I've come for your souls!" To which Rayden replies, "I don't think so." And he and the others prepare for battle.
Although the events in the film are primarily based in the events of Mortal Kombat (1992), it features some notable elements that were incorporated in Mortal Kombat II (1993)