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Street Fighter: Legacy movie hits the web

This is how things used to happen back in the pre-internet day: no year-long lead-ins, no laughably overstated press releases, just hey, how you doing, so there's a new Street Fighter movie out this week. On Tuesday, teaser footage found its way to the screens of every fighting-game fan on the internet (including ours, obviously); now it's Thursday and here's the movie. Why can't all releases be this  understated? Here's the movie. Plug in some headphones, bump it up to 1080p and have a watch.

Now, obviously there's a reason this could get such a stealthy release: it's only three minutes long, was clearly made on a well-spent shoestring budget, and the cast's biggest claim to fame is that Joey Ansah, who plays Akuma for just over a second, was in the third Bourne movie. But then again, he was also the film's creator, co-writer, co-director and choreographer, so he's a busy man. A driven one, too:  Ansah's love for the franchise and frustration with second-rate movie adaptations of fighting games were what saw him lobby to get the film developed and produced, eventually winning the endorsement of Capcom themselves.

The film succeeds for the same reason Street Fighter does: by knowing that three minutes is about as long as you can take this stuff seriously. Everything about Street Fighter Legacy – the MTV editing, lush photography, Spartan level of dialogue, even the actors' uber-brooding line readings – is designed to deliver a quick sensory overload then move on. Even stretched to twice the runtime, it's easy to imagine flaws starting to show. And the movie's très-2010 style of presentation, while a welcome break from the hackery of previous adaptations, doesn't have the same timeless distinctiveness of the games. But that's a pretty harsh comparison: Street Fighter Legacy manages to look comparable to Super Street Fighter IV for three minutes, and the latter had the full weight of Capcom's finances, resources and talent, whereas all these guys had is the company's blessing.

Ansah intends Street Fighter Legacy to stand as its own entity. But obviously if the project were to garner enough positive attention, its makers would stand a better chance of parlaying the film's success into further Street Fighter-themed cinematic exploits, either proving the “it's great because it's only three minutes long” thesis wrong or dragging around the middle and making me look all the cleverer. But either way, they certainly deserve a shot - so tell your friends, leave some favorable comments, send Ansah some love and get this ball rolling.

And here's hoping if they get the chance to expand Legacy into more movies, Jackie Chan gets to reprise his role as Chun Li:



May 6, 2010

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16 comments

  • Tomgoulter - May 9, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    @Philipshaw: City Hunter. Is it not great?
  • philipshaw - May 8, 2010 12:09 p.m.

    What movie was that Jackie Chan clip from
  • epicdominican91 - May 7, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    Oh great, another attempt at making a shitty...omigod, this...it's fuckin beautiful OMGTHISNEEDSTOBEAMOVIE!!!!!!11
  • AgentHonor - May 7, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    @Tom Goulter: I have to agree with you, i think this SF movies are best when they are short. No long winding stories, just 2 rivals beating the crap out of each other. Its like live action fights of the intros in SSF4. I do hope they get another shot at making another 3 min movie. hopefully having the female fighters duke it out. (Chun-Li vs Viper and Cammy vs. Juri)
  • Ravenbom - May 7, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    It was a fun movie, but it made abundantly clear that once you move out of 3D, you can just sidestep a haduken.
  • Imgema - May 7, 2010 8:48 a.m.

    Right... Not that its not a good effort, its just the overused slow-motion than bugs me. Ever since the first Matrix it has become a trend. Its like an easy way to make any movie or scene look "cooler" than it really is. Still its much better than the Hollywood Street fighter movies, but that's not such a great feat.
  • MassSaber - May 7, 2010 7:59 a.m.

    You can see this made by people who truly love the Street Fighter series I want more of this stuff!!
  • greenjoker - May 7, 2010 6:38 a.m.

    jackie chans best work.... the street fighter legacy trailer looks great...be glad to support anything street fighter...i swear at first i thought ken was tom cruise! he looks alot llike him...hahah
  • ssj4raditz - May 7, 2010 6:31 a.m.

    The fact of the matter is that both full-length SF movies that have been done have been not good for the simple reason that they try to shoehorn in a story where none really exists. I mean, how much story has the SF series really had? Not enough to make into 2-hour long movies, that's for sure. But, the bit-sized nature of this is what make is great. More shorts like this, featuring other characters fighting their respective rivals, would certainly be cool.
  • Sukururu - May 7, 2010 5:53 a.m.

    ALRIGHT THEM OVIE IS GOING TO BE AWESOM...hold on.....what....THAT WAS IT....huh....
  • Samael - May 7, 2010 5:15 a.m.

    Adding to the chorus, I'm not really a SF and I still loved this. Give this guy a million bucks and have him make a dozen more quick scenes, with different characters and better effects. I will watch every one. ......SHORYUKEN! *coughs* Sorry.
  • mgkyo666 - May 7, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    I need to go change my pants...
  • Tygerclaws - May 7, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    As someone who hasn't played Street Fighter since the SNES era...Wow. That was absolutely fantastic.
  • Spydie4x4 - May 7, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    Was waiting for this
  • TheJackOfHearts - May 7, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    I gotta say, that was pretty sweet.
  • kit07 - May 7, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    this was sweet, i hope they get a chance to make others. maybe instead of a full length movie make a tv show? perhaps? no?

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