IGN Review – Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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It still amazes me that filmmakers out there are still so incredibly useless at taking a gaming franchise with a lot of potential and making it into something that people would want to watch.

Once again, this point is proven because when given the almighty Street Fighter franchise, these morons decided to make a movie that looks into the life of some Chun-Li woman who is obviously not the same Chun-Li from the game.

It seems more to me like the guys were sitting watching Smallville and one of them turned to the other and said “Hey, Kristen Kreuk is pretty good at fighting”, and then somebody else said “Yeah, and hey she looks kinda like Chun-Li.”. Lightbulbs flashed and terrible movies were made.

I want to complain a little more, so there is more after the jump.

Why hasn’t anyone actually tried to make a Street Fighter movie about Street Fighter? While it was never a fantastic movie, I at least appreciated that the first Mortal Kombat movie actually mostly stuck to the plot of the game and not just some random story about one of the characters.

The Street Fighter Anime’s were very popular, why not just move in that direction? What upsets me the most is that I still think that there is a lot of potential for a fun “tournament fighter” movie but the fact that the Street Fighter license has been screwed up so badly not once, but twice now, means that no one is going to want to touch it with a ten foot poll for at least a decade.

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Would a decent filmmaker please make us a decent movie for Peet’s sake.

Watch the review to find out what they thought about the movie, and don’t worry, there are no spoilers here, except maybe for the fact that the movie really sucked.

Last Updated: February 27, 2009

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • So to be clear, it sucks?

    Hopefully we won’t see another SF movie for another 15 years.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the Dead Or Alive movie… it was terrible but at least it was entertaining

  • Reaver

    And by entertaining, you mean filled with hot chicks?

  • These type of games are clearly not built on narrative,
    so why pick a genre of games like this if you want to
    tell some weird story. If you want to use a fighting game
    then make it like bloodsport. Throw a bunch of people
    into an arena and let them duke it out. And for heaven’s
    sake,get an asian director,because Americans don’t know
    how to shoot martial arts action sequences.

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