Encapsulated Cinema One-Shot: Street Fighter – The Legend of Chun Li


Full disclosure: I own director Andrzej Bartkowiak’s goofy 2009 action flick Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li on DVD. It’s not that I think the movie is good by any stretch of the imagination, though I do think it holds some entertainment value. While I do appreciate what Bartkowiak and company were attempting to craft — a realistic Street Fighter movie sounds like a splendid idea — something definitely got lost in translation. The characters are too dark for their own good, the subplots are beyond pointless, and Chris Klein single-handedly redefines the art of scene-chewing. In fact, were I to come into an enormous some of money, I’d gladly produce an entire trilogy centered around his character. You know, something along the lines of Tom Selleck and his Jesse Stone franchise. But, I digress. The Legend of Chun-Li is an extremely poor representation of the Street Fighter video game series. Although watching the cinematic origins of the iconic thick-thighed badass may sound like a good way to waste 90 minutes of your life, it’s really not very much fun if you’re not into unintentional entertainment.

On a side note, someone thoughtfully spliced all of Chris Klein’s footage together into the clip you see embedded below. I’m not kidding when I say I’d financed a Charlie Nash trilogy in an instant. That’s a vein of untapped gold right there, my friends.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.acosta Bruce Acosta

    Well Street Fighter is going into live action again this time with Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist which it will feature Ryu and Ken in their early days as younger training with Master Gouken with the art of ‘Ansatsuken’.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      DUDE!!! WHere did you hear/read this? Now THAT’S a SF film I can get behind. I always said Legend of Chun-Li had some good ideas but was excuted badly. My idea was basically take that version of Bison (The crimelord/businessman) and have him run an underground Mixed martial arts tourney every year that also doubles as a meet for all his shady businesses. Interpol would have sent Col Guile and Agent Chun-Li to enter and investigate, while Ryu and Ken are there to avenge personal issues, as they heard their master’s killer Akuma would be there. I had a lot more to it but that was the general idea.

  • Nekrobomb Jones

    I remember even as a kid watching Ken and Ryu selling fake weapons in the first Street Fighter film and thinking, WHAT??? You mean, the most honorable student of fighting and a completely rich guy are selling Nerf guns? Here is my idea. Make it a reality show, guerrilla shooting the Street Fighting competitions, with Ken as our guide. He’s rich enough to fly the crew where ever he goes and likes the attention. Slowly we’re introduced to the base plots from the original game with everyone chasing down a personal vendetta. Explain a hadoken. And someone beat up Dan for my amusement, maybe Dhalsim with a fire trap. YOGA LEGEND!

  • JackCrow

    Thank you very much for bringing back this nightmare to us, NOT.