Do you remember Street Fighter? If you’re my age and got down in the arcades in the nineties then you will “remember” the games, but if you are still into fighting games and play them regularly then you don’t just remember Street Fighter, you know about it. Street Fighter like many video games that developed a cult following has had a rough time transitioning into film. One of the main reasons for this is that the game was created to give players a variety of fighters to choose from to compete and with no thought to making a grand, central story. When it became popular and players wanted character development for their Japanese karatekas, and green Brazilian monsters, Capcom (creator of the franchise) began to add in more elements to make the fighters seem “real”.
Street Fighter has never had one all-inclusive story, what it has had is individual tales like Chun-Li seeking revenge for her dad’s death, or Guile looking to revenge his military brother Charlie, but no overlap that could make them all work within one movie. So with all that being said, Hollywood stepped in and gave us a huge pile of steamy crap in the form of Street Fighter The Movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and the unforgettable Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (which probably killed Kristin Kreuk’s career).
This is how NOT to make a Street Fighter Movie
Many great attempts at a Street Fighter film adaptation were made via animes, my favorite of these was Street Fighter II The Animated Movie and my least favorite was the Street Fighter V series (ya sue me). One of the major problems that all of these adaptations suffered from was their attempt to find room for every single Street Fighter character in the game. Some would make cameos, some would actually fight, but it all served as a distraction from whoever they were showcasing in the main story. So when Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist was announced I felt as if it was another failure waiting to happen. It was rumored to have true martial artists, dedicated actors and a director who is a fanboi of the games, but even with that kind of promise I was still skeptical. Can you blame me?
Well… I am here to let you know that my doubt was wrong and we have finally found an answer to making Street Fighter live.
Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist is a short series that is now on YouTUBE or the Machinima website for your view. I’ve placed it below so that you can check it out, but I am beyond impressed with what they have managed to do with a limited budget and a handful of talented martial artists. The series has a solid story, one that is full of historical lore and mystery but is easy to follow, even for those of you that have never picked up a joystick to attempt a Ryu Hadoken. It has elements of brotherhood, being a true father, love, the warrior spirit, and some decent cinematography to boot. Not to mention for gamers that know Street Fighter, the fighters sneak in tiny moves from the game that go way beyond the Specials, Supers, and Ultras. You will see Ken’s textbook ax-kick shenanigans, Ryu’s forward+medium, a little forward and back dash, and… well let me just say that it looks like some people did a whole lot of homework to make us love it.
Please check out Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist below, or on the websites and let me know your thoughts on it.
Btw… as of this writing the series has a 9.5/10 on IMDB!See some words or phrases that you don't understand? Check out The Dragon's Lexicon.