Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is a 2009 American martial arts action adventure film based on the video game series Street Fighter. It was directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak (who had previously directed the 2005 live-action film adaptation of Doom), and stars Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough, Robin Shou, Moon Bloodgood, Michael Clarke Duncan and Taboo.
Chun-Li embarks on a quest to rescue her father from M. Bison.
Why It Sucks
- Chun-Li is an American pianist instead of a Chinese schoolgirl who becomes an Interpol agent.
- The actors are horribly miscast in their roles, save for Robin Shou as Gen and Michael Clarke Duncan as Balrog.
- Takes itself way too seriously. Even the 1994 Street Fighter film and its follow-up animated series, while not perfect, were at least fun in a cheesy sort of way.
- Neal McDonough looks absolutely nothing like M. Bison does in the games. In fact, he looks more like Geese Howard from the Fatal Fury series.
- The same can also be said for Chris Klein as Charlie Nash.
- Terrible special effects, especially for the energy blasts.
- The fight scenes are awful.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Michael Clarke Duncan hams it up as Balrog.
- Maya is based on Crimson Viper from Street Fighter IV.
- According to an online interview with MTV, Jean-Claude Van Damme was offered the chance of reprising his role as Guile from the 1994 film, but turned it down due to the difficulties of his own productions.