Saturday, January 24, 2009
So, that's fine that someone decided to make a Street Fighter movie over a decade after the franchise has been relevant to anyone. It even kinda makes sense that they decided to base it around Chun-Li. Attempting to make a movie with too many protagonists was among the (many) things that derailed the last Street Fighter movie. Also, Chun-Li is apparently played by Kristen Kruek, so yay for Team Hapa.
But I feel like it's a mistake to build the movie around Chun-Li, and then make a trailer where you never see Chun-Li. That seems misguided to me. There are maybe two shots in this where you see her face, and even then she's not in a recognizable costume, and she's not terribly Asian-looking, so it's kind of hard to recognize her as anyone. M. Bison is also in this trailer, not that you'd ever know it. Vega is the only one you could pick out here without someone telling you who everybody is.
Yes, Chun-Li's chi-pao and hair buns are kinda cheesy looking, but surely someone could have designed a cool version of that. Because without it, you just have half a Chinese girl. And there is definitely no point making a movie about one character from an out-of-date property and then costuming her so that no one will ever recognize that character. In fact, this trailer seems desperate to avoid anyone ever making the connection to the video game.
Yeah, now this just seems dumb.
Maybe they should have continued the numbering from the last movie, so that this one could be Street Fighter II: The Movie. The phrase "Street Fighter" doesn't really evoke the game unless you have the "II" after it anyway.