Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
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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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The blu-ray doesn't disappoint. Like other reviewers have stated, the quality is excellent, crisp sharp transfer and astounding sound. The discs are loaded with extras and the behind the scenes footage is informative and entertaining. For die-hard fans there is even a full length animated movie (and believe me, the animation is very limited) that looks at the origins of Street Fighter. Personally, I skipped that disc after the first five minutes and stuck with the other extras and the film, which, incidentally, comes in both the theatrical version and the unrated version.
I know this movie for the most part was savaged by the critics, but watch it and enjoy it as a guilty pleasure.
You can see more of Kristin in this episode of Smallville at Amazon Unbox. Bride [HD]
To further clarify my assertion of bad writing, the story introduces all sorts of potentially interesting tidbits that could be stories of their own, and then rushes through them. Predictably though, these tidbits end up being used later in the story without any real reason to use them. For example, Chun Li goes through intense training (meditation) in order to be able to gather chi/ki energy into a visible cloud that she can then throw at an opponent. They make a big deal about how she has to let go of her anger to accomplish it. And then in the big climactic fight, she's beating the tar out of the bad guy (Bison). Then comes a point where's staggered, and Chun Li's trainer yells out "you know what you have to do!" Of course she hits Bison with the chi/ki blast and he goes tumbling off a building. But this big special attack she spent so much time working on doesn't finish the job. Instead, she jumps off the building to use some other "Street Fighter" attack to snap Bison's neck. So that powerful chi blast thta you spent half the movie setting up was really pretty crappy?
Don't get me started on the lines. The worst lines come from the police officers that they focus on in parts of the movie. I'll leave it at that, and let you decide for yourself when you watch it.
Which implies I think you might want to watch it. I did give the movie 3 stars. There's some fun stuff to watch in there, and the special effects are decent. Also, Kristin Kreuk is beautiful... so I had to bump up the rating some for that.
The Blu-ray quality is excellent. I don't know how any straight man can say that this was a bad movie. HELLO!!! Kristin Kreuk + Moon Bloodgood !!! They are some nice eye candy!!
The fights scenes were alright. The first fight when Chun-Li's dad fights Bison's men was very cool. Also, the street fight in the alley when Chun-Li beat up the thugs.
BOTTOM LINE is that Kristin Kreuk worked extremely hard to train for this film !!! She did a ton of martial arts and gymnastics.
For the people who complain about Chris Klein ... guess what I'm going to tell you?
Don't pay attention to him and just look at Moon Bloodgood like I do!!!
I would recommend this film to Kristin Kreuk fans.
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