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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (Three-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

3.3 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews

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Powerful forces are converging on the streets of Bangkok. They are warriors, some of whom possess extraordinary abilities, all of whom are determined to see their side prevail. Some fight for us; the others for unlimited power. Now, they are preparing for the ultimate battle - of terror versus beauty, light versus darkness, and good versus evil. The forces of darkness are led by Bison (Neal McDonough), a crime boss of seemingly limitless power, and whose past holds a shocking secret. Bison's syndicate, Shadaloo, is taking over the slums of the Thai capital, a task overseen by Balrog (Michael Clarke Duncan), a massively built enforcer and killer. Also in Bison's employ is the assassin Vega (Taboo, of the group The Black Eyed Peas), a masked talon-wielding warrior, whose weapon is tailor-made for slashing and stabbing attacks. Bison's attache is the beautiful but deadly Cantana (Josie Ho). As Bison instigates a wave of violence in the slum districts, grabbing power and land no matter what the costs to its residents, a team of heroes emerges. Chun-Li (Kristin Kreuk) is a half-Caucasian/half-Asian beauty who gave up a life of privilege to become a street fighter, battling for those who cannot fight for themselves. Her kung fu master, Gen (Robin Shou), once a feared criminal, now fights for the forces of good. Equally determined to stop Bison is Interpol cop Charlie Nash (Chris Klein), who has tracked the crime boss all over the world, and Nash's partner, gangland homicide detective Maya Sunee (Moon Bloodgood).

The origin story of the characters from Capcom’s popular Street Fighter video game is detailed in The Legend of Chun-Li, a live-action martial arts thriller from Doom helmer Andrzej Bartkowiak. Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk gives a spirited turn in the title role, a concert pianist turned global crime fighter who cracks her share of heads while in pursuit of the mobsters who have kidnapped her father. Neal McDonough and Michael Clarke Duncan glower effectively as Bison, the nefarious mastermind behind the abduction, and his henchman, Balrog, respectively. The film’s offbeat cast, which includes Chris Klein and Moon Bloodgood as detectives, Black Eyed Peas singer Taboo as the claw-wielding Vega, and Hong Kong stars Pei-pei Cheng, Josie Ho and Edmund Chen in supporting roles, is the most inspired element of the film, which relies too often on well-worn action and kung fu movie clichés to fill out moments between fight sequences; the film’s target audience--fans of the game--may find this less engaging than younger, less discerning moviegoers with a yen for any flavor of punch-up. --Paul Gaita

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  • Actors: Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough, Robin Shou, Moon Bloodgood
  • Directors: Andrzej Bartkowiak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NPD9PE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,138 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (Three-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
The Street Fighter franchise has been a wonderful video game series that captured our attention, most importantly with the release of CAPCOM's "Street Fighter 2" in the early 1990's when it was first released in the arcades. Since its release in 1991, there have been many "Street Fighter" related games that have been released in the arcades but also on the consoles with "Street Fighter IV" being released in 2009.

One of the iconic characters of "Street Fighter" has always been Chun Li. The Interpol agent who has been desperately looking for her father and uses the "Street Fighter" tournaments as a way to get closer to the crime syndicate known as Shadaloo run by M. Bison. (Balrog in Japan).

With a film released back in 1994 featuring on a large cast of characters which included Jean-Claude Van Damme as Guile, Ming-Na as Chun-Li, Raul Julia as M. Bison and Kylie Minogue as Cammy but receiving a lot of criticism for its convoluted story and too many characters, the film remained on the list of a staple of films based on video games that were not that good.

In 2009, CAPCOM with Hyde Park Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox decided not to repeat that mistake and focus on their character Chun-Li.

"Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" was directed by Adrzej Bartkowiak ("Cradle 2 the Grave", "Romeo Must Die" and cinematographer for many films which include "U.S. Marshalls", "The Devil's Advocate" and "Lethal Weapon 4'), a screenplay by Justin Marks ("Unbroken", "The Stranger" and "Fast Forward"), music composed by Stephen Endelman ("Samurai Girl", "The Net 2.0' and "Now and Again") and cinematography by Geoff Boyle ("Mutant Chronicles" and "About a Girl").
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I wish people wouldn't write this movie off completely because it is worth least once. What you heard about Chris Klein is true. He gives the worst performance of the decade. And I'm not kidding. One reviewer said he couldn't even walk convincingly and they weren't exaggerating. It wasn't that the script was bad. The guy was hamming it up even when he wasn't speaking at all. There wasn't a second in this film where he showed any acting skills.

Take Chris Klein out of the film, and Moon Bloodgood for that matter, and the movie is actually pretty good. Kristin Kreuk does a great job as Chun Li. Her action scenes look good and her acting skills are pretty good as well. This could have been a great movie for her and launched her movie career if only everybody else around her wasn't doing such a poor job.

There's one scene (and character) that should have been taken out of the movie completely. It's where Chun Li goes to a nightclub to hunt down one of Bison's goons who just turns out to be a lesbian. In order for Chun Li to get the lesbian alone, she seduces her on the dance floor. The scene is painful to watch and adds nothing to the story.

There is some poor acting by pretty much all the other actors in this movie but Klein is BY FAR the worse. The action is, at times, very good. The storyline could have been better. The only thing to watch for is Kristin Kreuk. If there was an option on the DVD to take out Chris Klein's scenes, the movie would be far more enjoyable.
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I'm as Irish as the next guy from Ireland, and I think our accent is great.
So great you can actually develop it just by being born Irish, without ever going to ireland, or meeting an irish person....apparently.

Where is the name of god (or as Bison would say it "Where in the name of shamrocks and shenanigans"), did he get that accent????
He grew up in Thailand!!! His parents died when he was a baby!!!
Unless he was sent to Thailand in a spacecraft haunted by the ghost of his dead father he could hardly have heard an Irish accent in Thailand.
Much less learned to to mangle one so Offaly (get it).

Also, Inez Yan who played the young Chun li and Kristin Kreuk ARE NOT ALIKE!!!
One is chinese, the other is Kristin Kreuk.

- About a minutes worth of scenes of bangkok are great, and show the character of the place.
- Some of the characters names are used, this can make you feel nostalgic if you pause the dvd and close your eyes and don't turn it back on.

- Chun Li was apparently placed in a race changing machine as a child in a scene we never saw.
- Bison is placed into an accent changing machine so he can have an accent no Irish person would equate with any particular Irish region.
Actually it would have been more realistic if he didn't know how to speak english at all.
- Bison punches an unborn fetus!!
- Chris Klein is awful in every scene he's in. He has power-ranger levels of awfulness mixed in with dialog so bad it could have been written by repeatedly kicking over a scrabble board.

This film will make you feel have you wasted a whole year of your life.
You'd have a more entertaining time swapping knock knock jokes with a draft from under the door.
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