The 5 worst things about Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

3. Supernatural stuff that goes absolutely nowhere

How is Bison’s daughter his “weakness?” It’s hard to tell. Other than the fact that he’s sort of looking at her when he’s killed near the end of the movie, there’s no revelation of any “weakness” other than that Bison loves Rose and would probably do anything to keep her from harm.

Above: Awwwwww 

So let’s recap: Bison murders his wife in order to transfer all of his goodness into his daughter, goes to a lot of trouble to illegally transport his daughter to Thailand 17 years later, and it all amounts to... nothing. Villains don’t need supernatural help to be evil. In fact, Bison’s relatively petty, mob-boss brand of evil would have been more believable without magical augmentation, because he never seems to benefit from it. Meanwhile, the whole sub-plot about daughter-weakness doesn’t seem to have any bearing on anything that happens in the film, so as it stands it’s a whole lot of setup with no payoff.

And then there are the fireballs. To the film’s credit, it’s the first live-action Street Fighter movie to actually feature someone throwing a fireball, which is funny when you consider that fireballs are one of the things Street Fighter is best known for.

Above: Gen, as played by the way-too-young-for-the-role Robin Shou 

Ultimately, though, these don’t serve any real purpose either, other than to be a thing for Chun-Li to fail at and then suddenly master by the end of the movie, just in time to knock Bison off a rooftop.

Above: With a crappier special effect this time, no less 

But at least it does something. Unlike, you know, Rose.


2. The evil plan is lame

This is Bison’s evil plan in the Street Fighter games:


And this is Bison’s evil plan in the movie:


That’s right: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li turns M. Bison, unstoppable leader of Shadowloo (or “Shadowlao,” as it’s pronounced in the movie) and would-be emperor of the world, into an evil real estate developer. Evil Developer is a hoary old villain archetype that hasn’t really been in use outside of children’s movies from the 1980s, and for good reason.

Above: “D’you like my diorama? I use it to be eeevil 

Normally Evil Developers could be defeated by finding pirate gold or hosting a dance-off to save the rec center, but Chun-Li bypasses all that nonsense in favor of simply murdering the incapacitated Bison in cold blood. Right in front of his daughter.

Bison kills Chun-Li’s dad, Chun-Li kills Rose’s dad. Do you see a potential pattern emerging?

Above: “Oh my God, she killed Dad! REVENGE!” 

Meanwhile, Bison’s transition from Evil Dictator to Evil Developer has us wondering what could be in store for future fighting-game-movie villains. Will Shao Kahn try to short-sell stocks on Wall Street? Will Heihachi Mishima run email scams out of his mother’s basement? Will Dural be recast as a school bully? The mind reels at the possibilities.


1. Chris Klein

This is Chris Klein:

He’s an actor who’s been in movies. Real movies, with names like American Pie and Election, in which he was pretty OK. So it’s hard to understand what possessed him to barrel his way through this movie as Charlie Nash, doing what appear to be alternating impressions of Keanu Reeves, Christian Slater and Clint Eastwood. But we’ll let Klein show you, in his own inimitable way, why he is the single worst thing about Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li:

Also, there’s this:

Above: BOING 

And now that that’s out of the way, we’d like to take one final, parting potshot at the movie:

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  • drummerbear - March 27, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    I give you my solemn promise here, Mikel, in front of everybody, that our new live action series, "Street Fighter Reunion", which is a spin-off of our hit series, "Street Fighter: The Later Years" will, in spite of the fact that it's a comedy, be extremely faithful to SF canon, even as the story takes place in the present. We're not Hollywood and we have the utmost respect for the fans. We will not attempt to re-invent or chronologically "update" the franchise. We've promised the very same to Capcom before proceeding with this venture. In fact, you will see even more attention to canon in this series than you did in SF:TLY. I give you my word on Zangief's famous bulge (while some of you say, "Geez, couldn't he have said, 'Mohawk'?")
  • nicorage - October 16, 2009 11:20 a.m.

    totally agree on this one one of my goal is to create and direct a movie worthy for the street fighter legacy so we could all have a proper reference of this world projected in a movie simple as that
  • JoeTrio - October 7, 2009 1:18 a.m.

    Chris Klein was HORRIBLE. I punched my tv multiple times in an attempt to bludgeon him the way he bludgeoned Charlie.
  • Xplosive59 - July 23, 2009 11:14 a.m.

    i love it how he is shouting on the helicopter like he cant hear what she is saying and then he almost whispers "i guess we need to find her" that is just terible voice acting
  • GMAN2 - July 22, 2009 11:17 p.m.

    This has got to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I kept on laughing at how stupid Nash was.
  • alicevampire - July 21, 2009 8:29 p.m.

    hasn't come out in europe yet... thanks for warning me off it!
  • Shane1403 - July 18, 2009 12:23 p.m.

    great article! if they said that it was a comedy it would probably do better. reCAPTCHA: its Graham! WHAT?!! WHERE?!!
  • alfonso.hdez - July 17, 2009 6:05 p.m.

    May I comment that besides Chin Li's movie (thank God it hasn't arrived to Mexico yet, probably due to its HUGE success...) I also loathe the Windows advertisement on the embedded videos? About the topic, Hollywood just recently found how to make good Superhero movies, still sucks big time at Videogame movies and my worst fear, now attempts to adapt Cowboy Bebop, Voltron and Robotech/Macross?
  • afroninjakatana - July 17, 2009 5:19 p.m.

    Sadisticgrizz I seen the Dragonball movie and it was way better than this crap.
  • sadisticgrizzz - July 17, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    why n how does hollywood get their hands on good licenses n just sodomize the hell out of it. did anyone have the stomach 2 see tha new drangonball movie i bet it sucks sausage even worst than this crap!
  • GrantG - July 17, 2009 2:45 p.m.

    i didn't know bison performed abortions
  • ELpork - July 17, 2009 9:43 a.m.

    Mikel... why do you do this to yourself?
  • curly_jefferson - July 17, 2009 8:05 a.m.

    that suit is hardly appropriate for riding the saddle of the world.
  • waynski1457 - July 17, 2009 6:54 a.m.

    Jeez, it seems like you just keep coming up with bad things to say about it (I haven't seen it, and don't intend to). This reminds me that you haven't done a "___ Makes ___ Better" article in a while. Maybe SF to SF music? I don't know though, you guys are the comedy geniuses who get paid for it.
  • solsunforge - July 17, 2009 5:29 a.m.

    Cyber Ninja kinda pisses me off. I never liked his post never knew why. Once you read the article about people yelling first!!! he is in it a lot on different articles and he is never really first. I never had so much disdain for someone that I never spoke to before or seen.
  • noobmasteroftehworld - July 17, 2009 5:21 a.m.

    @JizzyB= arguing on the internet is like running at the special olympics, even if you win ,your still retarded there you go have a cookie
  • Doomwaffle - July 17, 2009 5:15 a.m.

    Bet you guys were happy to give that fucking copy away, huh? Recaptcha: Reaching 99%
  • ricangamer28 - July 17, 2009 3:30 a.m.

  • Tyrant2009 - July 17, 2009 3:28 a.m.

    Some guy who's drunk goes over the movie lol...
  • ricangamer28 - July 17, 2009 3:19 a.m.