I am the Original Kitana and No, It Won't Be My Halloween Costume

I played the roles of Kitana, Meleena and Jade in the live action video game Mortal Kombat II.  The game was made using blue screen technology, which was extremely progressive back in 1992-1995.  The game was originally filmed for the upright arcade game that required quarters and competed against the Street Fighter, shooting games and NBA Jam.  The MK series was created by John Tobias, John Vogel and Ed Boon. Although there were other designers, sound and tech guys that worked on the game over at Midway Games here in Chicago on California Ave, the game's heart and soul came from Ed and John - and the martial artists.  The game had tremendous popularity and went on to be converted for personal gaming platforms including: Sega, Playstation, Gameboy, Amiga, PC, Genesis and SNES.  I realize that many of you may not have heard of some of these, but they were the hot systems in the early 90s.

I am often asked if I have ever dressed up as any of the characters for Halloween, the answer is no. First of all, I am not sure I should wear that costume again, second, they hired some beautiful women to play my characters in the films so why compete, and  third the fans of the female ninjas should be able to continue creating better versions of the original costume and shine (see the last picture).  So I will let my original costume and moves remain archived in my memory and in some of the pictures I have placed in the slide show.

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