It's finally here -- Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li comes out this weekend, and we cannot imagine a more poorly put-together movie. First of all, it stars Kristin Kreuk, and we can only imagine that they chose her because she was the only actress with Asian heritage who was willing to take the role. But on top of that, it appears as if every single element of this movie was designed for failure. Yes, we realize it's a movie based on a video game, and the last time they made it into a movie it starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, but still, doesn't anybody even try to make a good movie anymore? Even Super Mario Bros. with Dennis Hopper and Jon Leguizamo had high production values. Here's our list of the seven things that will make Street Fighter a legendary failure.
Let me start off by saying that I am not a big fan of Smallville. It's done some interesting things lately by bringing in more superheroes and supervillains from the comics, but before this season, I hadn't watched in years. So I am not some kind of Kreukaholic. I think Kristin Kreuk is pretty, and has a pleasant speaking voice, and I would like to see her in other roles, but that's about it. So when I found out that she was cast as Chun Li in the new Street Fighter movie, I was excited, since I love that game. Little did I know that the studio would later decide that they had made some kind of mistake.
In Ashok Amritraj's interview with Collider, it's clear the executive producer is banking next year's Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li movie on its main character. Even though the heroine didn't show up in Capcom's game series until Street Fighter II, she's arguably the series' most popular character globally, and gets to kick off the first of what Amritraj hopes is a successful franchise for his Hyde Park Entertainment. Expectations of the games' fans are mixed: On the one hand, you've got a game (and animated) series that you love, so you want the movie version to do it justice. On the other hand, the 1994 adaptation starring Jean-Claude Van Damme set the bar kinda low. The new one's at least gotta be better than that... right?
The official Japanese website for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li has released a trailer. Starring as the street-fighting heroine of the title is Kristin Kreuk, best known as Smallville's Lana Lang. Kreuk is unlikely to ever win an acting award for playing young Clark Kent's girlfriend, unless the Golden Globes comes up with a category for being able to cry copious tears while not letting a single drop of snot fall from one's nose. But here she seems to be called on to do little more than look slightly determined, or slightly upset, or ever so slightly confused, as if she didn't even realize she was supposed to be in this movie. If you go by the theory that trailers usually play up a main character's big moments, then Chun-Li's "legend" seems a bit... lacking. If not for the title, it would almost seem that Michael Clarke Duncan's Balrog is the star.