First Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li Trailer is Jean-Claude Van Damme-rific

Let’s face it, the Jean-Claude Van Damme “Street Fighter” was pretty bad, but it looks like that movie’s about to have some company. Hey, I gave this movie as much a chance as everyone when it was announced, and still continued to hold out hope it could be kinda okay as we saw more from it. If nothing else, the idea of watching Superman’s girl Lana Lang kicking the asses of men twice as big as her just seems … right. And then this Japanese trailer for the movie hits the net, and, er– Hey, Dragonball fans, you thought 20th Century Fox screwed up your movie? Check out what they did to the Street Fighter fans out there! (Yes, all three of them. The poor saps, they’ll never be able to pull off a combo without screaming in anguish again.)

In case I’ve been too subtle, what I’m trying to say is, this movie don’t look so hot, kids.

Based on the popular video game franchise, female fighter Chun Li embarks on a quest for justice.

How potentially bad is “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”? The film opens in less than two months, and the studio still hasn’t shown anything from the movie to its Stateside audience since that epic fail at a production blog that was abandoned four posts in. Nearly every single piece of information we have from the movie worth posting, including stills and videos (as well as this trailer), have come from abroad. Japan, to be precise. What does that tell you? This thing has the makings of a quick theatrical release in Japan (they apparently still love the Street Fighter games over there), and despite the studio listing it as a February 27th, 2009 release in the States, I see a quick dump onto DVD written all over it.

Kristin Kreuk is Chun Li, Michael Clarke Duncan is a bazooka packing (!!) Balrog, and Neal McDonough is the generic evil white guy in a suit who must be stopped before he does, you know, generic evil white guy in a suit stuff like kick poor people out of their homes to build a shopping mall or parking lot or some such. Lame CGI exploding fireballs and so obvious it hurts wirefu are courtesy of 20th Century Fox and director Andrzej Bartkowiak (“Romeo Must Die”).

Well, at least Vega sorta looks cool.

Added: The domestic version.