The Massive Trainwreck Of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li Keeps On Chugging

Chun Li: Street Fighter

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li is entering its second week of production, as hard as that is to believe, and they have a short blurb on their “blog” (slash marketing tool) with screenwriter Justin Marks. He drops gems about the “lack of a plot in the movie” like “But any true fan of Street Fighter knows about its rich world, its colorful palette of characters, and complicated web of varying interests and betrayals. No story? You’re just not paying attention.

Well, we were paying attention, back in 1987 when the video game came out. But it’s 20 years since then, and it seems fairly doubtful that anyone is going to care about this next live-action Street Fighter movie, 14 years after the Van Damme, Raul Julia flick. Hell, we’re still waiting on a good Zaxxon movie, and before that even sees the light of day, what about Pitfall? One of the biggest fears I have about this movie (other than being forced to watch it over and over in hell) is that it’ll make Mortal Kombat actually look like a great movie. Actually, now that I think about it, it wasn’t that bad.

Marks goes on to compare the world of Street Fighter to that of X-Men, but I just ain’t buying it. We’ve had 40 years of X-Men comics to provide a gigantic world to draw interesting characters from, but there have only been like what, seven Street Fighter games? Now, if this was Street Fighter: Ken vs. Ryu, then we might be paying more attention, especially for the sheer amount of times they’d be yelling HADOUKEN! throughout the thing. Oh, they also offer up an exclusive image of Robin Shou as Gen, pictured below. Who? Wha? Bring on some shots of Kristin Kreuk as Chun Li, already.

Robin Shou as Gen in Street Fighter

I was raised in the Metroplex of Dallas/Fort Worth, and fled at the age of 18 to Austin, Texas, where I was inundated with a whirlwind of new pop culture experiences by mainlining movies, television, and video games. I now live on the fringe of Los Angeles and work at Riot Games.

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