Finally, Here's a Fight Scene from the Street Fighter Movie
by Alex Billington
February 14, 2009
We've shown you new photos, new posters, and new trailers, but we haven't seen a full fight scene from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li until now. Maybe it's my desire to try and prove to audiences that this could be good or maybe it's that I'm hoping this is at least good enough to be called a guilty pleasure, I'm not sure, but I thought I should share this with all of you today anyway. At least we'll know the fight choreography will be good, because this looks a lot better than most movies I see. I just hope that the rest of it holds up this well or else it is going to be one hell of an ugly mess that no one will want to see.
Watch this fight scene from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li:
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is directed by ex-cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak, who directed Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Doom previously. The script was penned by up-and-coming screenwriter Justin Marks, who also penned screenplays for Masters of the Universe and Voltron. Hong Kong fight choreographer Dion Lam, who previously worked on The Matrix Trilogy, Spider-Man 2, and all of Bartkowiak's previous films, is handling the fight sequences. Fox is debuting Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li in theaters everywhere on February 27th. See you in theaters!
Reader Feedback - 66 Comments
Shes so hot, those wire fight scenes blow tho!
tankmaster on Feb 14, 2009
i will pass on this movie
Darrin on Feb 14, 2009
That was ridiculous. Just because it "looks better than most movies" doesn't mean it looks good at all. I'll stick with guilty pleasure.
Sean on Feb 14, 2009
looks worse than a low budget van damme production...
Crazysteve on Feb 14, 2009
james on Feb 14, 2009
wow that was a really bad fight scene, any one could make a better fight scene than that.
JS Chan on Feb 14, 2009
Rock on Kristin Kruek! I thought that was a fun yet bad-ass fight scene! that overhead shot of her flipping when kicking homeboy was crazy! Despite this directors earlier efforts, I think I will enjoy this movie!
Conrad on Feb 14, 2009
It wasn't that bad I think, she was a bit ropey, but she's an actress not a ninja. It will be better than the first one, but still a guilty pleasure, well I watch anything with scifi/kungfu in so it won't even be that guilty.
Crapola on Feb 14, 2009
Truth be told Alex, I have no idea on how they're trying to sell this movie. It has a realistic cinematography and sets, but yet she's triple kicking a guy in the face, doing a flip, and drinking a Cherry Limade from Sonic. I'm conflicted. The movie doesn't look horrible, but the way they have marketed it......... I'm laying off the Fox hatred for now, because James Cameron's AVATAR will be fucking our eyeballs Christmas time this year!
David Wilson on Feb 14, 2009
Oh my god! worst fight scene ever!!! I hate when they cut on a crazy acrobatic shot that barely makes sense if you see it in one shot. Boring sound design too! Just a lot of grunting.
Byonic on Feb 14, 2009
There's nothing separating itself apart as THE Street Fighter Movie. If you showed that to something that didn't know what it was for, I doubt they've have any idea it looks like its based off a popular arcade fighting game. Average movie fight choreography. I'm not impressed.
Nick Sears on Feb 14, 2009
I thought Hollywood had abandoned Wire-Fu after the third Matrix movie tanked?
Tom Brazelton on Feb 14, 2009
i seriously have taken shits that look better than that crap.
SA1NT on Feb 14, 2009
This is not the worst fight scene ever, but the the editing is bad. You don't see complete body movement of the person, the action is cut into small pieces and lots of it just cut out. All you see is something happens, while you need to complete the whole event by yourself in imagination. This is not a book, if they have a choreographer to coordinate fights, they should film long shots to give viewers something. The wire work looks ok and the slow motion works, I guess, but so many cuts in one scene is even worse than jumping camera of Bourne Ultimatum. There at least you saw fists hitting something.
Nekrosoma on Feb 14, 2009
Alex, I think one of the main reasons that' we're all hating this movie is because the film is not doing justice to Chun-Li or any of the Street Fighter characters. The Street Fighter characters are supposed to be absolutely the best fighters in the world. Period. They're supposed to be badass and super powerful. This film adaption of Chun-Li, although an origin story, is terrible because she's weak (and short). Common man...this clip showed her getting kicked (or blocking a kick but still getting hit) by a stupid thug. If Chun-Li is destined to go up against all the other Street Fighters like Ryu, Ken, and Bison, how can we really believe in the strength of this character when she can't even properly handle three thugs?
Matt Suhu on Feb 14, 2009
I feel sorry for Kristin Kruek =( She would've made a great Chun Lie, but not in this movie.
Bob on Feb 14, 2009
You guys are more jaded than the starving kids in China!! This is shaping up to be just the right kind of Friday night martial arts flick we would hope for in a Street Fighter movie. I'll take some of that, please.
TRAILER- Not BROKEN on Feb 14, 2009
terrible fight scene. bad camera, bad editing, bad idea. there are a thousand martial arts films with fight scenes better than this. unfortunately, the modern trend is to substitute fighting skill with gimicks and editing. Alex I am sorry that you have not see much better. Dion Lam's work to date is lacking severly.
onebrokesucka on Feb 14, 2009
Eh it has a chance to be good.
????? on Feb 14, 2009
Wow, that was really lame. No offense Alex -- but a movie based on a fighting video game that only has fight scenes to go for it... and we saw enough slow motion kung fu to last a lifetime throughout the Matrix trilogy.
Devon Shaw on Feb 14, 2009
Ah, another b-movie with invisible wire flip-n-kicks. *yawn* I'll pass.
NO on Feb 14, 2009
You can tell that Kristin Kruek worked her butt off performing in this movie. But, I don't know if I want to see that kind of wire-flying flips in a movie. Plus the editing was terrible I thought.
The_Phantom on Feb 14, 2009
that shit sucks, one of the worse wire scenes i've ever seen
Tance on Feb 14, 2009
That wasn't bad you are crazy if you think it was, or simply not a fan of the source material. The hits sounded hard, they looked viseral, there was cool grunting. That was the scene I needed to get excited about the movie. And the floating wasn't as fucking 'floaty' as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which I bet most of you were fans of so shut it! That looked alright to any fight movie fan, if it isn't your genre then maybe you should simply avert your eyes like a fuckin maiden or something, shit that was good.
MrSammich on Feb 15, 2009
Cmon guys, batman begins had terrible fight scenes but it still turned out ok.
nerdjuice on Feb 15, 2009
now i will definitely WON'T WATCH THIS FILM, that wasn't a fight scene, that was a f@cking circus, if all they want is twelve years old watching this film well they done a good job, and they destroyed the film for everyone else. Advise : Watch Hong Kong film you idiot director
ninja on Feb 15, 2009
WHY ARE PEOPLE BAGGING ON THIS SHIT like its going to be bad. I hate to say it does look better than Dragonball and the old van damne flick. It's suppose to be an "origin" story of Chun-Li on her younger years of being an Interpol Agent and her quest for vengeance. Real fans should know that is based mostly on the "udon" comics. Sure Kirsten looks white, but she is ALSO chinese as well. They added in the movie that Chun-Li's mother is not chinese. It kind of plays out and I'M GIVING THIS MOVIE A CHANCE. I LOVE RYU AND KEN but its TIME to let PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT CHUN LI!
AlexDeLaGhetto on Feb 15, 2009
I felt like I just saw an episode spot for a new Smallville. How do these movies get funding =(
L on Feb 15, 2009
#7 Watch the fight sequence between Jackie Chan and Benny Urquidez in the castle from Wheels on Meals and the come back to me thinking this was any good.
Shige on Feb 15, 2009
@29 yo man...that is absolutely the best fight scene in cinematic history! real and authentic. Jackie and Benny actually hurt each other. the following is the dubbed version, but actually has better music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqq9-jidlD0&feature=channel_page
Matt Suhu on Feb 15, 2009
@29 i meant to thank you for bringing that jackie film up.
Matt Suhu on Feb 15, 2009
Guys....lmao U guys didn't get it, Coz i know Kristen, the look on her face clearly shows that she is scared and exhausted, means that this must be obviously her first test to see if she is good enough to take revenge to kill M.Bison, as he killed Chun-Li's father. At the end of the clip when she jumps on top of a dude and twists him she falls on her face. Clearly shows she is exhausted and of course passed the test. This movie is based more on older audiences than the JCVD Street Fighter movie
agentX on Feb 15, 2009
The lighting kills the scene its too dark to gauge anything in terms style & technique. Tell me what what anyone on this board know about wire work.
mike on Feb 15, 2009
I just want to know why this is called Street Fighter Legend of Chun Li since nothing we have seen so far looks anything like Street Fighter or Chun Li from the game. Kristen is not Asian, she doesn't have the silly hairdo nor the outfit. It looks just like some generic action pic and not a very good one. Might rent this when it's in the Newly New section of Family Video for a dollar.
Moviegimp on Feb 15, 2009
Some of the worst Wire fu i've seen this decade.
Darunia on Feb 15, 2009
I'm sorry, I wish I could agree with you dude, but that wasn't good fighting. I don't think I saw a single real looking hit in that whole thing. It was all fake. Apparently nobody ever punches anymore. They'd rather fly kick people.
Aldonn on Feb 15, 2009
i cant wait to never watch another second of this movie
most people on Feb 15, 2009
Zso on Feb 15, 2009
guys have you notice something about this scene around 0:04 you can hear someone say "CUT" im serious listen to it very carefully guys if you dont believe me the volume of the fight scene drown it out abit but you can hear it.
dan_the_man on Feb 15, 2009
reminds me of that Ben Affleck Daredevil movie, and i hated that Ben Affleck Daredevil movie! i rather not ruin Street Fighter for myself entirely, i'll pass and play SF4 instead.
The Delightful Deviant on Feb 15, 2009
I like it, having Kreuk like Chun-Li is so moe that I'm already dying to see it. If she plays a tsundere role then it will be great. However, I'm not a fan of fighting scenes with sooo many cuts like this one, but most fight scenes are now like this.
Elliot on Feb 15, 2009
This is what happens in the scene, (In detail for those of you who are martial arts illiterate) and yes, at 0:04 someone yells cut, which clearly shows this isn't quite finished editing, hopefully: 1. She jumps onto a crate to avoid a downward axe strike. 2. She then dives forward between two horizontal axe strikes. 3. Rolls out of the way of a bottle crate. 4. Trys to run, stops to avoid a punch, continues running at a wall. 5. Jumps at the wall, kicks off the wall and with her free leg spins it, hitting two guys in the face (not a flip and not 3 kicks to a face. @ #10), knocking them down. 6. Does a frontal dropkick at the last guy. Using his chest as a floor, she jumps off it adding more pressure to the kick, while finishing her backflip off of his chest. 7. One guy stands back up, presumably the stronger of the 3 and fakes foward, twice. 8. Instantly after the 2nd fake he does a fliping heel kick, which she dodges. 9. He then does a twisting, high roundhouse, followed by a spinning roundhouse. She dodges the first one and blocks the second. 10. He then plants his foot on the wall, where her head was before she dodged the kick, and backflips off. While, after she dodges the kick, she goes toward the fence and jump to it and then off of it. She lands on his shoulders and reverse hurricanas him. There you go. How to Learn Martial Arts for Dummies. Like I said, hopefully it's not done editing, and this is one of the first fight scenes in the movie. Hopefully the first.
Dyi on Feb 15, 2009
by todays standards that was quite bad. 🙁
toto on Feb 15, 2009
#30 #31 my pleasure.
Shige on Feb 15, 2009
could turn out ok,but next to watchmen's promos this looks like a joke
twispious on Feb 15, 2009
nice 1 shige thanks for the link, as for the movie its a long way off polished turd so ill pass thanks
bassbin on Feb 15, 2009
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RandyG on Feb 15, 2009
Man, thats looks terrible. With all the martial artists in the world you think they could find one that can act so they can make these fighting movies
dan on Feb 15, 2009
Ken on Feb 15, 2009
Alex, this was a terrible fight scene. I honestly have no preconception of Kristin Kreuk because I missed every episode of Smallville. And even with that. I fail to see what is so nice about this "standard" fight scene. There is nothing exciting about it. It is a combination of 1.5 seconds-per-cut action with a chop-chop style choreography as if parts of the fight were filmed on different days. There is poor selection of zooms and medium shots, though I slightly liked the part where one of the bad guys is doing spin kicks. It is not horrible. But it is not exceptional by any standard. Just a tad below "good".
SS on Feb 15, 2009
AHHHHHH! NOOOOOO! Not another DOA!
Ray on Feb 15, 2009
I was just thinking about how the fight choreography looked similar to Romeo Must Die before I scrolled down from the video. That scene felt pretty sub-par in terms of fight choreography; it's not terrible, but it's not that good either. I'm not expecting it to be realistic like Bourne Ultimatum, but at least give me something on par with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or The Matrix.
John on Feb 15, 2009
oh forgot to add based on that fight scene if i was the director id change my name to allen smithee and disown this steaming pile of balls
bassbin on Feb 16, 2009
I'm afraid this is going to end up like the awful D.O.A. One cliche followed by another with endless wirework. I'm not saying wirework doesn't have it's place but it shouldn't dominate the fights. It just feels like you get an actor throw them in the air to defy gravity and hey presto we have an awesome fight. Ong Bak was amazing and showed that you didn't need to contantly wire up the actor to bring out an awesome fight sequence.
Smiffy1 on Feb 16, 2009
She's such a hottie! Movie will outright suck though.
Movie Review on Feb 16, 2009
...s**t! no other words for it
Tee Max on Feb 16, 2009
AND SHE AIN'T THAT HOT PEOPLE! ...damn
Tee Max on Feb 16, 2009
Wow, wires. Excessive wire-work and slow motion are a not a good combination for an action sequence unless A) you're inside the Matrix, B) you're in a Asian fantasy action movie, or C) you're in a comic book world that isn't trying to be too grounded in reality. This is none of those no matter what you think. End of story.
Bobby Simpson on Feb 16, 2009
She did a couple of fight scenes in smallville that was better than that
dre on Feb 16, 2009
Looks Cheese!!! No sir I don't like it!
Erwin on Feb 16, 2009
Wow, this movie looks like it could be hilariously bad. Vega's costume in particular looks terrible. Kristin Kreuk is hot but even that won't save it.
Watchman on Feb 17, 2009
how is that even acceptable.. as a filmmaker... how the hell is that acceptable?
thasaltshaker on Feb 18, 2009
hey i just want to say that Chris Kline stole the show. Couldn't tell if his character was really retarded or if chris just couldn't read his telepromter. every single line of his left us in hysterics. aside from that the show was shit.
WineDine69em on Feb 27, 2009
It's looking like I might have to go see this just to witness it's true car-crash greatness in widescreen splendor.
Watchman on Feb 28, 2009
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