First Look: Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li in Street Fighter
We've been anticipating this moment since the very first time we announced that Kristin Kreuk had been cast as Chun-Li in the upcoming Street Fighter movie. Unfortunately, this is not the first look photo that we were expecting. Capcom of Japan released this first, rather rough, photo from Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li earlier today. It's not exactly 100% official, but it seems rather fitting, although it isn't the typical Chun-Li outfit. We're still waiting for the day we get a real photo of Kreuk in her Chun-Li get up and more than just her head and shoulders. That day will arrive soon enough, but for those of you who are really looking forward to Street Fighter, this will have to do for now.
Thanks to Kotaku for finding the photo. Plot details for this film still haven't been revealed yet. All we know as of now is that the focus is on the character of Chun-Li and "her journey for justice." The character M. Bison, played by Neal McDonough, is the primary villain. You can see a complete cast list here, which also includes Michael Clarke Duncan as Balrog and Chris Klein as Charlie Nash. The film is currently shooting in Bangkok, Thailand as well as Hong Kong and Vancouver.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is being directed by ex-cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak, of Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Doom. The script for this 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 currently has Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li set to arrive in theaters on February 27th, 2009.
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
Chun-Li is going to be hottie in the movie, but the movie itself might be a different story. Is Kreuk part Asian? She looks half.
Mike Balrog on May 23, 2008
she is half chinese, it looks a little less campy than the Van Damme abortion, here's hoping it does the game some justice, but in the end it's yet another "tough girl" action flick like Resident Evil and Tomb Raider.
The Delightful Deviant on May 23, 2008
They have just ruined Launa...lol. The other Street Fighter movie sucked ass so this one will most likely suck ass too. count me out!!!
Tirrell on May 23, 2008
I think it's inevitable that this will be a better put together movie than the last one (though I'm sure not as unintentionally hilarious) but it's still looking like a dud. The central angle of the game that involves Ryu, Ken, their master, Akuma and Sagat could be adapted into an epic film similar in tone to Gladiator. This is coming from a hardcore Street Fighter fan, though, so I'm super-biased on this.
Frame on May 23, 2008
If it has "Lana Lang" in it, I'm there. Don't care how bad it is.....
Ross on May 23, 2008
I didn't mind the last Street Fighter film. It was a "guilty pleasure" film that would would watch on TV when nothing else is on. As for this film, I'm not too likely to check it out (unless, of course, there is nothing else to go see)
Sean Kelly on May 23, 2008
Well, it's a start! Should be an improvement over Van Damme's 1994 version! I still wish Van Damme was in this one too.
Pickle on May 23, 2008
I JUST LOVE THE KREUK!i`ll buy 10 tickets!
JackloveKris on May 23, 2008
A week in theaters (if it's lucky), then straight to the DVD shelves. I can't stand Kristin Kreuk as an actress, so I'm happy to see her slumming it in this turd of a movie.
avoidz on May 24, 2008
Love Kristin Kreuk, even without makeup with mud on her face, she looks naturally beautiful. I'll buy the tickets. She is fun to watch!!!
kala on May 24, 2008
aaaaaW! She`s the prettiest chick ever!
JackloveKris on May 27, 2008
As long as there is " Lana Lang" in it, I will watch it!
smallvillefan on May 29, 2008
this one's gonna be cool because hottie kreuk's in here. I remember one of the episodes of smallville when was possessed by her witch ancestor and she fought Clark, that was awesome, loved the action. I just hope they will bring more out of Kristin in this movie.... a much awaited movie!
kal on Jul 9, 2008
compared to the other street fighter movie it should be atleast pretty cool.
BUTTHEAD on Jul 14, 2008
Yeah shes pretty...And I hope the moviemaker knows what he is doing...or he should get someone who knows...
L Ralph on Aug 1, 2008
the fact that kristin plays the role of chun li is enough reason for me to be excited!! im a smallville fan too.
myka on Sep 7, 2008
Cant Wait to see it. I hope Kristin is in more smallville season 8. GOOD LOCK KRISTIN.....youll do well=)
Brenna on Sep 30, 2008
Cant Wait to see it. I hope Kristin is in more smallville season 8. GOOD LUCK KRISTIN.....youll do well=)
Brenna on Sep 30, 2008
shoot i thought i was just editing one word im retarted!!!!!!
Brenna on Sep 30, 2008
its a new take on the character plus kristin kreuk is gonna play da lead role.... i think its gonna b a gud muvi, mybe even better dan som pipol think... but im gonna pass jdgment until after iv watch the movi..... ( cross ur fingers folks)
kreuker on Oct 15, 2008
Wow, you know the people that post pissed off comments about Kristen Kreuk playing the role of chun li need to get off their big asses and run their no talent selves around the block a couple times, i cant believe there are so many losers that spend their time of the day making fun of hard working people. Kristen im sure your gunna do a great job and im looking forward to watching the new flick!
Eric on Oct 18, 2008
Haha imm reading this several years later but at the end who was the brainless dumb fuck huh? Legend of chunli worst piece of shit ever so it was lreus performance . I guess ppl were right about their guesses fucking idiot.
Lololol on Aug 25, 2012
Kristen sucks in smallville. But that could also be the directors fault. I haven't seen her in anything else. I guess we will see what she can do. Shes beautiful. I hope she will do good.
TIm on Nov 7, 2008
i love dis girl! i think she acts good in smallville ill defnee be going 2 watch this movie!!
steve on Nov 20, 2008
Wait, she doesn't even look Asian. She's half, but I think the non-Asian part is a bit more visible... and I don't exactly think she's got the body to be Chun Li-- WAY WAY too skinny. There is some MEAT on Chun Li's thighs in the games! AND I NEED HAIR BUNS. Is Hollywood out of badass Chinese chicks or something?
Brooke on Dec 18, 2008
Does anyone else think it's pointless to compare this movie against the first street fighter movie since the older one was made fifteen years ago? Times have changed, video games have come more into the main stream, people developing movies are more likely to have personal experience with the source material. In the 90's it was "the kids like this, let's turn it into a movie and get their cash", and they let whoever wrote the script load it down with as many characters as they could because they didn't want to disappoint any fans of any particular characters, they wound up with garbage and we all know it. The studios and film makers learned from the last time, all signs point to this movie being nothing like the other one. That said, problems with the idea of this movie: The title. It seems like titles of movies just aren't even trying these days. "The Legend of Chun-Li"? It's just so automatic like "The Rise of the Silver Surfer". It's not hard to imagine Street Fighter: The Rise of Taj. Also, WHY DO THEY HAVE TO KEEP CALLING HIM M BISON. Doctor Robotnik from the Sonic the Hedgehog games has been reindoctrinated as Eggman. The guy in the red suit is Vega, the boxer that looks like Mike Tyson is M Bison, and the spaniard with the claws is Balrog. Ugh.
Moses on Jan 24, 2009
To answer the guys question below is sinple.. because M.Bison is infact the fella int eh Red suit, it infact suits that character far better than the name Vega, Do you not fucking know Vega! derives from Spain? the word itself? WAKE THE FUCK UP! And Balrog is like this unstoppable Monster from Hell therefore to me suits the Boxer's image far more than the Bullfighter.. and Lastly there we Have M.Bison perfect name for the toon America knows as M.Bison live with it deal with it. It's no mistake capcom changed it in the state it was what we call a correction from a previous error! Jinqwee!
LordEli on Feb 3, 2009
THIS IS A CROCK OF SHIT THIS GIRL IS WHITE SHE DOES NOT LOOK CHINESE why do white people always try to take the ethnicity out of the world This movie casting sucks when i found out she was playing Chun li I did not even want to see the movie any more. Its like brad pitt trying to be in a Tyler perry movie playing a half black man. F*UCK ME . THEY SHOULD SCRAP THIS SHITTY CAST AND START ALL OVER THEY GOT THE GUY FROM BLACK EYE'D PEAS PLAYING VEGA. VEGA WAS BEAUTIFUL ,HE (TABOO) IS UGLY. THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD SOME TASTE AND BROUGHT JAY TAVARE BACK TO PLAY VEGA THE ONLY CAST MEMBER i THINK THEY GOT RIGHT WAS BALROG. THE GUY WHO WHO PLAYS BISON WTF IS INTIMIDATING ABOUT HIM? WITH HIS BIG BLUE EYES OOOOOO SCARY. GET THE F*UCK OUT OF HERE. THIS MOVIE COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER CASTED BY A PANEL OF THREE YEAR OLD'S.
Guitar_love16 on Feb 18, 2009
Kristin's pretty, however, even in Smallville, she overacts her parts. I was always more interested in Chloe despite her being the less cuter one. Yes, she's part Asian, much like Kelly Hu of Hawaii, but Kelly looks like much more of an action star, if you recall X-Men 2 and Scorpion King.
Roy on Nov 21, 2009
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