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Chun-Li Kicks Her Way Into <i>Street Fighter</i> Trailer, Much to Her Confusion 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.

And what's up with baddie M. Bison? Obviously they're going for something more realistic than either the game's or the 1994 movie's wardrobe, with shoulder pads that looked like Ivana Trump's take on military couture, but surely there was some kind of middle ground between that and a bland business suit. Neal McDonough's Bison looks less like a megalomaniacal dictator and more like a would-be Men's Wearhouse model.

Maybe the trailer would be more inspiring if I knew Japanese. What's the narrator saying? Because I'm wondering if it's anything like, "We would like to apologize in advance for this movie. As you can see, there's not a lot to evoke the Street Fighter game besides the name, a couple of kicks, and one of Chun-Li's outfits. We've made something slightly more watchable than the 1994 movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but somewhat less entertaining than being kicked in the head."

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