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Genre: Action
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen, Damian Chapa, Kylie Minogue
Director: Steven E De Souza
Rating: PG
Year Made: 1994




- Behind the Scenes Featurette
- 2 Street Fighter Anime Trailer
- Deleted Scenes
- Director's Commentary



Languages: English/Thai/Spanish/Portuguese
Subtitles: English/Thai/Chinese/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 41 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment




Shadaloo, South - East Asia 1995. As civil war enters its seventh month, warlord General M Bison brings the crisis to the brink of global conflict when he takes 63 Allied Nations relief workers hostage, threatening to execute them unless a ransom of $20 billion is forthcoming. Colonel William F Guile is given the mission to rescue the hostages but first he must locate them. So Guile and British Intelligence Officer, Cammy recruit two unlikely heroes in an audacious plan to track down the sadistic General's futuristic fortress. But their entire plan is nearly derailed at the last moment when GNT news correspondent Chun-Li Zang intervenes and she wants much more than a story...

The action reaches fever pitch as Guile, Bison and their collective forces clash in a highly-charged climatic battle with the fate of the free world hanging in the balance.


I remember "Street Fighter" was the last movie I caught at Orchard cinema before it was tear down to make way for the present Orchard cineleisure complex. So many years have passed and yet it doesn’t change my opinion of how bad SF was.

"Street Fighter" the movie was in fact approved, licensed and funded by the maker of the original hugely popular arcade game from the '80s, Capcom. Yet it was unintentionally bad, anything from the plot downright to the acting and editing.

Director/Writer Steven De Souza who wrote a couple of blockbusters such as "Die Hard", "48 Hours" prior to it has no idea when it comes to helming this video game adaptation. He wanted it to be as realistic as possible thus the whole plot took almost three quarters of the running time just to get things going and setting up the various characters (sadly with no impression of any of them in the end). I guess back then he’s trying to pull off what Christopher Nolan did to Batman. But Christian Bale was too young to play the lead so Souza has to settle for Jean Claude Van Damme for his role as Colonel Guile. The usually wooden Van Damme, a miscast Ming-Na Wen as Chun-Li (where’s Michelle Yeoh when you need her?) and the late Raul Julia who hams it up as the evil General Bison round up the downfall of this adaptation.

With the exception of the costumes which have certain resemblance to the arcade’s counterparts, the movie reeks nothing like the game. Set in a fictional country called Shadaloo, Colonel Guile is sent to stop the evil Bison who has taken innocent hostages in his high-tech military fortress and demand a ransom of $20 Billion. You know Bison is so bad because he also used one of his hostages in a genetic experiment which turned him into a green monster not Hulk but Blanka. And along the way as if to oblige Capcom’s ego, Guile teams up with various characters such as Chun-Li, Ken, Ryu and Honda (from the game of course) to penetrate Bison’s lair.

The biggest pulling factor of SF the game is the powers and kick-ass moves of the characters. But under the hands of De Souza, the action seems choreographed by your friendly neighborhood’s taekwondo instructor instead. If Guile’s trademark 'back-flip kick' looks like a little boy’s gymnastic move, you are in whole lot of trouble. I don’t even one to delve into Ken’s half-assed spinning kick and Ryu’s pathetic 'hodoken'.

Asian audience will fondly recall HK director Wong Jing’s unauthorized usage of the SF property in a movie called "Future Cops" which took the liberty of using the traits of the infamous arcade characters. But it was ironically a closer adaptation of the Capcom’s video game with its insane action stunts. Jing even used it again in Jackie Chan’s "City Hunter" where Chan did an awesome, hilarious spoof of Chun-Li and E. Honda.

"Street Fighter" is an exceptionally bad movie. The humor falls flat with its load of cheesy, hooky dialogues and the actors’ performance either seem amateurish or over the top. If the action sequences are respectfully done at least it will make things easier for fans to swallow. This however should be K.O. in pre-production stage.


Behind the Scenes Featurette
– This 6 minutes feature covers the usual cast and crew interview. Van Damme claims "Street Fighter" is similar to shooting the James Bond movies or The Deer Hunter. Obviously either he is on the wrong set or we are watching a completely different movie.

Director's Commentary – Steven De Souza sounds like a pretty serious person. Here he is talking rather dryly about working on the different aspects of the movie and his views on the violence of videogames.

The DVD also comes with 2 Street Fighter Anime Trailer (which looks better than the live-action) and 2 Deleted Scenes in its gritty original form.


Presented in 2.40:1 Widescreen, consider the 'age' of the movie, the visual transfer looks neat and clean without any visible artifacts. The Dolby Digital 5.1 reproduced the sound effects well enough in the movie’s minimal engaging action sequences. Dialogue remains clear throughout.



Review by Linus Tee


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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