Chun Li this ain't. Fed up with the shabby video game movies Hollywood has turned out in the past few years -- okay, in pretty much forever -- British actor and martial artist Joey Ansah (Desh from The Bourne Ultimatum) conceived, choreographed, co-wrote, and co-directed a faithful live-action adaptation of the Capcom fighting game Street Fighter featuring top-notch fight action, crisp production values, and yes, those ridiculous Street Fighter eyebrows. Hit Down, Down + Click to watch! (By which I mean scroll down for more.)
Filmed in HD, Street Fighter: Legacy stars Jon Foo as Ryu and Christian Howard as Ken, who meet in a wooded clearing as Ryu is shaking off memories of a recent run in with Akuma (portrayed in a cameo by Ansah). Fans of the Street Fighter games will recognize a ton of signature moves, positions, grunts, and details, including Ryu's hadouken and hurricane kick and Ken's fire-fisted shoryuken. Action cinephiles should enjoy the fact that Ansah and co-director Owen Trevor have packed their film with gorgeous visuals and dramatic fight choreography, making this three-minute piece instantly more watchable and more faithful than both Steven de Souza's 1994 live-action Street Fighter feature and Andrzej Bartkowiak's Legend of Chun Li.
So why did Ansah spend a year producing the project, getting Capcom's blessing in the process? He explains in a message on his official site:
"As an actor, filmmaker and fan, I have been disappointed by the many diluted, unfaithful and outright butchered movie adaptations of fighting video games. It was clear to me, that given the way the movie industry worked, we would never see a super faithful, darker toned and more adult themed (or just plain good!) incarnation of Street Fighter unless a die-hard director or filmmaking team with game canon knowledge stepped up to the plate to helm such a project." Read more here.
After getting enthusiastic feedback from fans so far, Ansah told Collider that if there's enough support, there might be more Street Fighter projects in the future: "The truth is we'd love to do more in the Street Fighter universe. I want to make a series/movie and I really want it to happen."
Head to Collider for behind-the-scenes featurettes and chime in below to tell us what you think of Street Fighter: Legacy and which other characters you'd like to see given this kind of live-action treatment in future installments... (And for even more Street Fighter live-action tribute fun, check out another video the good folks at Screen Rant dug up here.)