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Street Fighter Legacy "Like many Street Fighter fans, Joey Ansah was sick and tired of Hollywood treating our beloved characters like complete (dreck). Unlike many Street Fighter fans, Ansah has the means and contacts to do something about it."
posted by kid ichorous (37 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
You forgot The Legend of Chun-Li.

It was a sort of gritty reboot in the style of the new Bond films or Nolan's Batman.


Actually, it was just a terrible terrible movie.
posted by Think_Long at 1:03 PM on May 4, 2010


This one looks like it may adhere a little too close to the originals. Did we really need to lovingly duplicate the eyebrows?
posted by Think_Long at 1:03 PM on May 4, 2010


Street Fighter: The Later Years
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:04 PM on May 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


ok, I'm going to sound like an asshole, so I want to try to be careful how I word this:

the problem with the street fighter movies is that they took recognizable characters and just tossed them willy nilly into fight scenes with no decent script and a bunch of at-the-time fashionable visual gimmicks, like speed-up/slow-down, or rambo-style headband tying closeups, or posing in dramatically lit rain.

what do we see in this trailer?

that said, it's completely possible that this dude is making something much cooler when the final product comes around. I certainly hope so. If all we get are hadoukens and grimacing, I'll be disappointed.
posted by shmegegge at 1:04 PM on May 4, 2010


This Could Be The Best Street Fighter Film Ever Created

Belongs in the Wikipedia article on faint praise.
posted by Western Infidels at 1:06 PM on May 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


I will watch it if Kylie Minogue reprises her role.
posted by munchingzombie at 1:07 PM on May 4, 2010


They should do this to Bubsy the Bobcat.
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:07 PM on May 4, 2010 [3 favorites]


Van Damme's Street Fighter is to real street fighting as Barney is to Paleontology.

Still, as a fan of bad movies, Street Fighter is incredibly bad. After seeing such theatrical nightmares as Tales of the Quadead Zone and Death Drug, Street Fighter was a refreshing change, just from the fact that is so unabashedly stupid, and didn't care one bit.

It's like an extremely drunken relative, who's having the time of their life, and doesn't give a damn that they are naked except for a giant foam hat, maybe bleeding a bit, and dancing a waltz with the refrigerator, that was once in the kitchen and now, apparently, is in the den. You gotta love 'em.
posted by chambers at 1:10 PM on May 4, 2010 [4 favorites]


What the Hell is this guy complaining about? I seem to remember Raul Julia flying around and shooting lighting out of his damn hands!

Sonic Boom!
posted by ecurtz at 1:15 PM on May 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


You've got some interesting relatives.
posted by oddman at 1:16 PM on May 4, 2010


What's that? You came expecting a madman, and found, instead, A GOD!?!?!?

It's my generation's "We'll always have Paris."
posted by Pickman's Next Top Model at 1:25 PM on May 4, 2010 [3 favorites]


It's like an extremely drunken relative, who's having the time of their life, and doesn't give a damn that they are naked except for a giant foam hat, maybe bleeding a bit, and dancing a waltz with the refrigerator, that was once in the kitchen and now, apparently, is in the den.

That's VICE PRESIDENT Biden to you, young man. Show some respect.
posted by billyfleetwood at 1:27 PM on May 4, 2010 [14 favorites]


Now that you're all impressed, how long will you have to wait? Three days. The short film will make its online debut this Thursday.

So why not wait three days? I have it bookmarked.
posted by ersatz at 1:39 PM on May 4, 2010


Now that you're all impressed, how long will you have to wait? Three days. The short film will make its online debut this Thursday.

For you, the day this film graced your monitor was the most important day of your life. But for me... it was TuesThursday.
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 1:47 PM on May 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


Joey Ansah was sick and tired of Hollywood treating our beloved characters like complete (dreck)

I know I'll probably catch hell for this but in this case Hollywood is not the problem.

Related: I have friends who've expressed concern that the Halo movie will be awful.
posted by JaredSeth at 1:47 PM on May 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


1994 was an epic year for Hollywood movies based on video games.

Although of course Street Fighter can't hold a candle to the glory that is Double Dragon.
posted by iconomy at 1:51 PM on May 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Unlike many Street Fighter fans, Ansah has the means and contacts to do something about it." "

I'm sorry, but an actor whose main claim to fame is a minor role in "The Bourne Ultimatum", and otherwise has had non-leading roles in movies no one's ever heard of, doesn't have the means or contacts to do much at all.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 2:10 PM on May 4, 2010


Since there seems to be an audience for Street Fighter films, Here's a short I found earlier today on Kotaku: Street Fighter: Beginning's End.

It's interesting there has been this small upwelling of fan-made Street Fighter films surrounding the release of the series' latest game. As an arcade rat from the old times, I kinda like it.
posted by aftermarketradio at 2:10 PM on May 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


shmegegge: the problem with the street fighter movies is that they took recognizable characters and just tossed them willy nilly into fight scenes with no decent script and a bunch of at-the-time fashionable visual gimmicks

The people who made the video games did the same thing. Did anyone actually play "Street Fighter" or "Mortal Kombat" for the riveting storytelling? Street Fighter with Jean-Claude Van Damme, as well as Mortal Kombat (1995) and its much maligned sequel (1997), both satisfied the seven year-old inside me at the time. These movies were not meant to be high art; they were big studio films capitalizing on a trend. Today, the movies are just as dated, kitschy, and goofy as the video games on which they were based.
posted by Houyhnhnm at 2:28 PM on May 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love the original Mortal Kombat movie mostly because of the drinking game we invented to go along with it.

The rules are easy: Simply take a shot every time somebody does an unnecessary flip. It's the perfect drinking game.
posted by cyphill at 2:44 PM on May 4, 2010


I don't understand the need to turn the perfect video game into a terrible movie.
posted by empath at 2:50 PM on May 4, 2010


You forgot The Legend of Chun-Li.

"Forgot", or "used a soldering iron to deliberately destroy the part of my mind that inadvertently ended up remembering"?
posted by FatherDagon at 2:52 PM on May 4, 2010


Did anyone actually play "Street Fighter" or "Mortal Kombat" for the riveting storytelling?

I'm ashamed to admit that I did (well, not Mortal Kombat; I never liked that particular game). I was never any good at Street Fighter II, so I would just stand in the arcade, watching people play, hoping that I could see each character's ending.

Also, I am regularly mocked at my Friendly Local Game Store for admitting that the first tabletop RPG that I ever purchased (as opposed to borrowing from a friend's older brother and "forgetting" to return) was White Wolf's Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game. Years later, I adapted the rules for a one-shot game that I called Gran Pelea: Lucha of Death, which was about alien invaders coming to Earth and challenging our greatest warriors to a battle to determine the fate of our world, and the brave luchadores who opposed them.

As silly as it might be, I've gotten a lot of mileage out of Street Fighter's backstory.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 3:08 PM on May 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


One question: Who cares about this?

and that trailer looked like an unfinished piece of nothing.
posted by Liquidwolf at 3:08 PM on May 4, 2010


Liquidwolf: "One question: Who cares about this?"

People who aren't threadshitting?
posted by ShawnStruck at 3:13 PM on May 4, 2010 [6 favorites]


Needs more Blanka Sonny Chiba
posted by stifford at 3:21 PM on May 4, 2010


Y'all need to know about the Street Fighter Musical.

The awesome one that has almost nothing to do with the game, but is at the same time an obsessive homage to it (the game continuity and the musical continuity intersect each other oddly...). Download it here, it's great!

Anyway, I heard about it here on Metafilter, so some of you already know how cool it is. And according to this interview, they're recording the second and third acts rounds soon!
posted by Squid Voltaire at 3:22 PM on May 4, 2010


Re: Street Fighter's backstory and characters,

There has been a whole lot said about the character design and plot, and it's actually really fascinating to explore the series' motif of taking a real legendary fighter like Mas Oyama, King Cobra, etc., and making them larger than life. A good deconstruction reveals that there's some pretty clever stuff going on there.

Two great places to read up on this are BigMex's blog on Capcom-Unity, and FightingStreet.com.
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 3:42 PM on May 4, 2010 [6 favorites]


Two great places to read up on this are BigMex's blog on Capcom-Unity

Whoa, that 22-part series on how to design a SF character is unreal.
posted by painquale at 4:10 PM on May 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wack!
posted by Flex1970 at 4:43 PM on May 4, 2010


Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots: The Movie
posted by Sys Rq at 5:16 PM on May 4, 2010


Man, it was a really, really good video game, though, wasn't it?


My main question is: When is Dhalsim going to get some respect? Yoga Fire! Also, E. Honda. Boy oh boy, did I ever love playing E. Honda.
posted by mr_roboto at 11:12 PM on May 4, 2010


I admit I didn't know a lot of the characters were based on real people, but has there ever been much of an underlying story there? The narrative of the games seems to be a bunch of folks fight in random locations in an effort to discover their back stories. I've only played versions of SF2 and recently Capcom v Tatsunoko, so I'm not an expert on the mythology of the Street Fighter characters, but ...

the problem with the street fighter movies is that they took recognizable characters and just tossed them willy nilly into fight scenes with no decent script and a bunch of at-the-time fashionable visual gimmicks, like speed-up/slow-down, or rambo-style headband tying closeups, or posing in dramatically lit rain.


This is also the problem with the source material if you're going to look at it as a story instead of a series of one-on-one fights. It's entirely possible that a game like this won't make a good movie if you want to stay true to the "beloved characters" any more than a movie based on who would win in a fight between Elvis, JFK, and The Mummy in a random location like a Texas retirement home.

OK bad example, that movie ruled.
posted by Kirk Grim at 11:17 PM on May 4, 2010


My main question is: When is Dhalsim going to get some respect?

Got you covered, boss!
posted by hamida2242 at 11:34 PM on May 4, 2010 [1 favorite]




I love the original Mortal Kombat movie mostly because of the drinking game we invented to go along with it.


Mortal Kombat is about as good a movie based on a video game as can be made.

Unless we get a "Half Life" movie by the "District 9" guy. Or maybe a Cronenberg "Halo" adaptation (told from the POV of a soldier infected by the Flood) or something.
posted by hamida2242 at 11:45 PM on May 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


As far as I'm concerned, District 9 was the Half-Life movie.
posted by Uncle Ira at 6:50 PM on May 5, 2010


My main question is: When is Dhalsim going to get some respect?
My Alpha 3 X-ism Dhalsim almost always gets respect! Point me to the nearest machine!!! Oh how I miss arcades...sigh.
posted by elemenopee at 11:48 PM on May 5, 2010


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