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.