40 Seconds of Street Fighter Legacy Already Looks Better than Both Street Fighter Movies

If you thought the Jean-Claude Van Damme “Street Fighter” movie left a lot to be desired, and the recent “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li” was just an abortion of a product, then you probably have something in common with Joey Ansah (above). Who is Joey Ansah? Well he’s an actor most known for his role fighting Matt Damon in “The Bourne Ultimatum”. The actor has gone and made himself a “Street Fighter” short film, and he’s released two teaser trailers and some pictures to Collider. The short film for “Street Fighter: Legacy” will premiere over at Collider this Thursday, but until then, here are two short teaser trailers (about 40 seconds total).

Here’s what Ansah has to say about why he did “Legacy”:


As an actor, filmmaker and fan, I have been disappointed by the many diluted, unfaithful and outright butchered movie adaptations of fighting video games. It was clear to me, that given the way the movie industry worked, we would never see a super faithful, darker toned and more adult themed (or just plain good!) incarnation of Street Fighter unless a die-hard director or filmmaking team with game canon knowledge stepped up to the plate to helm such a project.

So almost a year ago, I began writing script treatments (with my writing collaborator and great friend Christian Howard, who also plays Ken) and a production design brief and partnered with Streetlight films before proposing my concept and vision to Capcom. I’m pleased to say they gave their blessing and permission for the project to move forward.

My team subsequently attracted a great ensemble to support and execute the project including Owen Trevor (Top gear director) who co-directed the film with me, Jacqueline Quella my Producer, Anthony Waye as my exec producer who has senior production credits on over 90 movies including the last eleven ‘James Bond’ films (Line-producer of the entire Bond movie franchise), and the renowned post production/VFX house, Prime Focus, to name but a few.

We’ve all strived to make a beautiful film that hopefully non fans will really appreciate, but ultimately this is a love letter to the fans and the brilliance of the game. As a result, I’ve gone to every length to be as faithful as possible down to the smallest details of the costume, the choreography, the narrative, the original music themes and, of course, the special moves!

After almost a year of blood, sweat, lots of favours, enthusiasm and love, we are ready to release ‘StreetFighter: Legacy’ to the people who deserve it most…….the fans.

Enjoy the two teaser trailers, and look out for the short film to be online on Thursday along with a series of making of featurettes.

Joey Ansah

Check on Ansah’s site for more updates.



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  • thestrongestthereis

    I'm always down for more projects, Im 60 percent done with my Lightning Man script lol. I'm about to get my hands on a real cinematic camera as well, so im down for just about anything. Scripts, sketches, everything and anything.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Okay with a formal apology, I;d like to first say sorry for skipping out on Lightning Man. I guess once I heard it was on the fast track (pun intended) I just lost interest a little but I'd still love to see what you've got.

    Now give me a week or so and I guess I'll go about making a Google group for a SF/DBZ film for us to work on. Seriously. I have ideas for SF and if we get enough done, I'd actually present them to Mr. Ansah. As for a DBZ one that'd take more work and I want to collab with you on it for real cause it sounds like we both have a love of the property and want to see it done justice.

  • thestrongestthereis

    I raise you a comment and a touche.
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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

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  • thestrongestthereis

    I'm always down for more projects, Im 60 percent done with my Lightning Man script lol. I'm about to get my hands on a real cinematic camera as well, so im down for just about anything. Scripts, sketches, everything and anything.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Okay with a formal apology, I;d like to first say sorry for skipping out on Lightning Man. I guess once I heard it was on the fast track (pun intended) I just lost interest a little but I'd still love to see what you've got.

    Now give me a week or so and I guess I'll go about making a Google group for a SF/DBZ film for us to work on. Seriously. I have ideas for SF and if we get enough done, I'd actually present them to Mr. Ansah. As for a DBZ one that'd take more work and I want to collab with you on it for real cause it sounds like we both have a love of the property and want to see it done justice.