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I’ve been saying it for years. A good Street Fighter movie should not be hard to make. You just take the plot of Enter The Dragon, multiply it by Ryu and Ken's shared back-story, have Bison as the big bad, and set everyone else up as the supporting cast. You get a decent choreographer in, cast proper martial artists who can act (Sorry Kristen, but you fulfil neither category, so you are not Chun Li), and crucially, you give a shit about the characters and take it seriously.
And now finally, thank the Lord finally, someone else who gets that has had a go. His name is Joey Ansah and he’s my new best friend.
A British, martial artist, actor and stuntman, he’s also a massive Street Fighter fan, with a heavy dose of purism in regards to the characters and storyline. As a man who choked back very real man-tears when he first watched this early animated SFIV trailer while drunk, I appreciate that, and so I’m very, very happy to tell you that his Street Fighter short film will be on the ‘net on Thursday.
Officially sanctioned by Capcom, it looks frankly stunning in the all-too-teasing teasers so far released. Stylised but gritty, and managing to keep the characters completely believable without toning them down at all (the absolute key to getting Street Fighter right on camera, and it’s amazing that it’s taken so long for someone to get it right), it looks superb, and the few flashes of combat we’ve seen so far imply that that side of things is absolutely going to follow suit.
Thursday, people. Thursday. We’ll bring you more info as soon as we have it. In the meantime, check out Joey's site and the film's Facebook page, and let me know how excited you are via the comments and our very own Facebook and Twitter spots.