Over the past two decades, Street Fighter fans have been subjected to at least two, terrible live-action adaptations of the acclaimed video game series: Street Fighter, with Jean Claude Van Damme, and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li with Kristin Kreuk. In fact, the latter was considered one of the worst films of 2009.
Will we ever get a decent Street Fighter movie? Tired of waiting around for someone else to do it, actor Joey Ansah made one himself. He got together a bunch of his colleagues to create a Street Fighter short film, which has been officially sanctioned by Capcom. See the trailers, learn more details, and find out the release date of Street Fighter Legacy after the break.
I was actually really impressed with Ansah’s work in The Bourne Ultimatum, where he played silent killing machine Desh. Here’s some footage of Ansah from the making-of of that film:
As an actor, film maker and a fan, I have been repeatedly disappointed by the many diluted, un faithful 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 fan director or film-making team with the game canon knowledge, film making know how and connections stepped up to the plate to helm such a project.
So almost a year ago, I began writing treatments and a production design brief and partnered with Streetlight films before proposing my concept and vision to Capcom. I’m pleased to say they gave their blessing and permission for the project to move forward.
With co-director Owen Trevor and the post-production talents of Prime Focus, Ansah put together a short film that he has described as a “love letter to the Fans and the brilliance of the game.”
Ansah insists that he has taken great pains to capture the tone and the details of the original. The music that autoplays on his website gives credence to this. It takes a lot of will and a lot of effort to put together a passion project like this, so I’m crossing my fingers that Ansah will be able to contribute something unique and valuable to the Street Fighter film canon.
The short film will be online this Thursday. In the meantime, check out the teaser trailers below and see what you think.