July 9, 2009
Review - " Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li "
- (on DVD) By Roland Hansen
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This could be any poorly executed martial arts movie. The plot has huge logical holes, the fight scenes are short and dull,
and like the previous Street Fighter movie, it underplays the primary appeal of Capcom's hit video game series: The special
moves. If glowing fireballs and vibrating legs had been a part of every fight, this would have been watchable. The only
signature move you’ll see in the movie is Chun Li’s Spinning Bird Kick. Otherwise, the fighting scenes in the movie are quite
ordinary and boring.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li plays fast and loose with the Chun-Li backstory (not that anyone would care). We see
Chun-Li go from a little girl with aspirations to the concert piano and wushu, to a crime-fighting vigilante in Bangkok.
There's a revenge plot involving her father and Bison.
The only good thing I can say about this entire Chun Li is that Kristin Kreuk is overpowered for her role. A good number of
scenes are just her tromping through exotic location shoots in her cute tomboy boots, which is actually pretty entertaining.
In several scenes she convincingly portrays emotion, a feat of acting as out of place in this movie as a Faberge egg in an
Easter basket. It's a shame that this movie had to happen to her career.
Now let's take a moment to single out the characters of Charlie Nash and Detective Maya Sunee (played by Chris Klein and
Moon Bloodgood). Never has such cliched writing and hammy acting come together in such a perfect storm of terribleness.
They're not even characters from the game, so there's no excuse for them to be in the movie at all. Chris Klein in particular
seems like a six-year-old boy playing with Starsky and Hutch action figures. It's hard to convey just how horrible the scenes
with Sunee and Nash are. Imagine an Ed Wood cop movie. Imagine the worst Youtube clip you've ever stopped after the first
three seconds. These two are so horrible that they ruin the movie showing in the theater next door.
The movie is generally disappointing with very shallow storyline. The characters do not have enough depth, sometimes, the
actors playing these characters seem to have just enrolled into an acting school. The whole movie stays on the wrong side of
mediocrity, without ever achieving an impressive height of incompetence.
Overall, the movie is a lousy B-grade movie that wastes time and money. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li really only
deserves 1 star but Kristin Kruek is so beautiful (even in this turkey) that she gets the extra half star.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Dirested by Andrzej Bartkowiak
Starring: Kristin Kruek, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough, Robin Shou, Moon
Bloodgood, Michael Clark Duncan
you could write a completely random martial arts movie and give the
characters names from the game and no one would ever know the
difference. This appears to be the case with Street Fighter: The Legend of
The movie starts with Chun Li as a young girl learning martial arts from her
father. Chun Li is another typical young girl whom her parents have groomed
into a concert pianist. As a girl, Chun Li saw her father kidnapped by Bison
(Neal McDonough) and his crony, although she was left unharmed. When
she grows up, she seeks revenge for what Bison has done to her father.
After one of her typical concerts, a grown up Chun-Li (Kristin Kruek) receives
a strange scroll with ancient Chinese written all over it. She gets the help of a
woman in a store who seems to understand ancient Chinese and tells her to
go to Bangkok as her destiny awaits her there to meet a stranger called Gen
(Robin Shou). Together with the help of Gen whom mysteriously turns up out
of nowhere, Chun Li finds Bison as she discovers her father is still alive.