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    STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN LI

    ENGLISH - (18PL) - 26 February 2009 - Action/Adventure/Science Fiction
    Distributor:
    20th Century Fox
    Running time:
    about 96 mins.
    Director:
    Andrzej Bartkowiak
    Producers:
    Patrick Aiello
    Writers:
    Justin Marks
    Casts:
    Kristin Kreuk, Neal McDonough, Chris Klein, Michael Clarke Duncan, Taboo, Robin Shou
    Plot:
    Adapted from the famous series of fighting video games by Capcom, " Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li" focuses its story on the undercover Interpol agent, female fighter Chun-Li as she falls in the quest of finding justice after she found out that her father is murdered. The movie was shoot in numerous locations include Bangkok, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vancouver.

    THE VERDICT:


    Green Tea says:


    WARNING SPOILER!
    It's been years since we last seen the game franchise on action. Last time around, Jean-Claude Van Damme was in the Street Fighter movie and this time, the franchise took a spin-off with the focus mainly on the character Chun-Li, This effort reminiscence the one which Fox is doing the same for the X-Men franchise. Not a vivid fan of SF, I think this movie is not something for a SF fan like my pal to cheer off.

    The movie set from the point of Chun-Li, on her early life where her father Xiang was captured by Bison to work for him in an organization of terror (suddenly Street Fighters doing some terrorism and anti-terrorism now). Chun-Li grew up and later works as an undercover for Interpol, trying to look for justice when she learn that her father was murdered by Bison. There you go with the rest of the story, trying to tear down the Bison's organization.

    The use of theme where SF dealing with the terrorism sounds okay but may a bit amusing. However, there may be no other better features by labeling the villains as terrorist while the protagonists as the counter, in which I'm okay with. The story little excitement and to the dismay it didn't hit the target for having something memorable coming out of the movie. It is a bit predictable while the pace was okay.

    Unfortunately, they have no better cast than offering yet another American to become an Asian kick-ass machine. Let me reminds you that Dragonball Evolution will have a blonde for Goku!! She was not that impressive but considering the need for an angry characterization that masters her wushu well, she did average. Michael Clarke Duncan as Balrog was having so much fun time of his own. Neal McDonough as M Bison, now in an businessman outfit, instead of the army-dictator type, wow...he's turning into business now. Don't hope so much from the character as their development are nil.

    Fighting choreography is good, instead the less uses of sonic-boom type of actioners are some thing they did avoid and which is good. Using some stylish sonic-boom will hurt the movie so much, yet another illogical actioner. However, this is a piece of normal actioner to fill your past time but don't forget, it's just another Street Fighter movie.

    THE RATINGS.....
    CAST - 2.5 stars
    STORY - 2.5 stars
    CINEMATOGRAPHY - 2.5 stars
    EFFECTS - 3.0 stars
    an overall>> 2.5 stars
    GreenTea-O-Meter: 10.3
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