STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI
Violent Silliness Aimed at Children
Release Date: February 27, 2009
Genre: Martial Arts Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Producer: Patrick Aiello and Ashok Amritraj
Writer: Justin Marks
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The movie opens with young Chun-Li being raised to be a refined concert pianist. When her sweet and loving father is kidnapped, she is given the excuse to refocus her life on fighting. The movie tediously builds the case that the villains are the meanest, nastiest people on earth. The super-villain, Bison (played by Neal McDonough), is even shown to have performed some satanic ritual to purposely rid himself of a conscience.
Chun-Li (played by Kristin Kreuk of TV’s SMALLVILLE) receives training from Gen (played by Robin Shou), who teaches her that anger is destructive to her mastery of the martial arts. The movie then proceeds to give her reason-after-reason to be furious. The plot is strong enough to even make Barney the dinosaur seek revenge.
This is not an adult drama. It is aimed at children who play video games. The problem is that the story’s point is to make kids feel good about kicking someone in the teeth. It was not made to inspire children to be better people. It inspires children to be ready to fight. Thus, young viewers of STREET FIGHTER might want to come home and play the video game for 12 hours straight, kicking nasty villain after nasty villain.
From a quality standpoint, there are too many characters in this movie. The story drags its way to a completely predictable conclusion. Even the chase scenes are boring. When you’ve seen too many movies with extended fight scenes, even lots of quick cuts and loud music leave you wishing you had a fast-forward button. You know the good guy is going get beat up for a little while and then come back to do in the bad guy. When the “little while” takes too long you feel like shouting, “Come on, we’ve got a green light. Would you move to the next scene?”
In a culture saturated with violent entertainment it can be difficult to stand out. STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI is a ridiculous kiddy violence revenge fest. It is not worth spending your time or money on.
STREET FIGHTER is a ridiculous kiddy violence revenge fest. Besides the revenge motif, the movie also has some Eastern religious elements, including yin and yang and belief in self. The story’s point is to make children feel good about kicking someone in the teeth. The plot is strong enough to make even Barney the Dinosaur seek revenge.