After the first Street Fighter movie from 1994 with Jean-Claude Van Damme I thought that they will let this brand go to waste, but with the release of the new Street Fighter video game they decided to make another one. Not much to say about the movie, you already know what it is going to be like, lots of fighting, some background story of revenge and a great fight at the end. Classic action movie, so if you like that genre you will enjoy in this one. What surprised me about this movie were all the negative reviews, for fucks sake this is a commercial martial arts lets-make-a-quick-buck flick, so don’t expect some masterpiece. It’s so weird to see movies with far worse story and characters rated 6 and 7 and this movie rated 3. So, don’t believe the reviews, this is a watchable action movie. This version of Street Fighter is directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, who worked on some pretty decent action flicks: Romeo Must Die, Cradle 2 the Grave, Doom, so it came to my surprise that the movie is below his usual level of quality.
Meet Chun-Li, a very talented pianist, living in San Francisco with her family. After her father Xiang decides to move to Hong Kong, she decides to learn the ancient Chinese martial art called wushu. Everything seems to be going the right way for young Chun-Li, but after her father gets kidnapped by a ruthless criminal that goes by the name of Bison. Years have passed and Chun-Li is now a successful pianist, traveling around the world. Her mother died and with her father still being held by Bison, she still feels that there is some unfinished business…
Starring Kristin Kreuk (EuroTrip, Smallville), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is one of those movies that you can watch with half a brain. Scratch that, you don’t need brains for this. Just follow the simplistic story and cardboard cutouts that are characters and you will be mildly entertained. This mild entertainment thing is not actually half-bad, because if they tried to make this into something grandiose they would have failed majestically. This way, they knew their limitations and did the best they could. Refreshingly vivid cinematography and exotic locations really helped with the atmosphere that was pretty stagnant at times. So, lower your expectations, forget all about that Van Damme extravaganza from the nineties and check out The Legend of Chun-Li
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough, Moon Bloodgood
Fun Facts: “Chun-Li” literally means “Spring-Beauty” in Chinese.