Ready for more live-action Street Fighter? So far, there have been two movies based on Capcom’s popular Street Fighter video game series (three, if you count Wong Jing’s Future Cops, a 1993 Hong Kong film that was unofficially based on Street Fighter characters).
First, there was Steven E. de Souza’s Street Fighter (aka Street Fighter: The Ultimate Battle), a big budget, 1994 Hollywood film that starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as Guile. Next, came 2009′s Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, which centered on the character of Chun-Li, played by Kristin Kreuk.
For the most part, these two films became a laughing stock for both Street Fighter game and martial arts movie fans alike. Not only were they weak films as a whole, but both integrated unnecessary plot lines that went against the grain of what most people loved about videogame: a simple story about a global street fighting tournament.
Now, there’s a new hope that comes in the form of an upcoming web/television series called Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Directed by Joey Ansah (maker of the impressive Street Fighter: Legacy Fan Film), Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist promises a faithful-to-the-game story, down to the characters speaking Japanese and English.
According to producer Jacqueline Quella: “Millions of fans of the game have been calling out for a true-to-the-game telling of the Street Fighter story. Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist gives them just that. We’re already experiencing enormous interest from the fan-base.”
The cast includes Togo Igawa, Joey Ansah, Mike Moh, Christian Howard, Akira Koieyama, Shogen, Gaku Space, Hyunri, Hal Yamanouchi and Mark Killeen. FUNimation has secured distribution rights for a North American release.
We’ll have more information as it comes. Until then, be sure and watch Ansah’s Street Fighter: Legacy Fan Film, which should give you a hint of what to expect from the upcoming series. | Official poster for Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. | First teaser trailer. | Ryu teaser trailer. | Ken teaser trailer. | Final trailer. | Akuma poster, courtesy of Collider.