Bizarre New Street Fighter Movie Poster

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A new poster for the newest live-action Street Fighter movie subtitled The Legend of Chun-Li has made its way online. The movie, directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak (Doom, Cradle 2 The Grave), is a PG-13 adaptation of the popular video game. It will star Kristin Kreuk, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neal McDonough, Taboo, Chris Klein, Moon Bloodgood, Edmund Chen, Cheng Pei Pei, Josie Ho and Robin Shou.

Check out the poster below:

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(Horrible) Street Fighter movie poster

It surprises me just how much that poster doesn’t work…

I can see what they’re going for – trying to be a bit different (edgier, perhaps?) than other films in the genre have been in the past, but it just looks cheesy and kind of silly (although it’s certainly better than the terrible first poster). To be honest it took me a few seconds to even notice there were two guys fighting on it, because I was so distracted by how cluttered it looks.

What confuses and annoys me about this whole project is why they would choose to center the story around Chun-Li. Ryu and Ken have always been the central figures in the overall Street Fighter story, not Guile (who they choose to focus on in the terrible Jean-Claude Van Damme version) and certainly not Chun-Li (yeah, I played the video game… can you tell?).

I guess they want an actress who’ll end up being little more than just eye-candy for all the Street Fighter fans out there (who, let’s face it, are predominantly male).

However I’m going to reserve judgment in part until we see more footage. The Street Fighter trailer doesn’t look too shabby if I’m being totally honest: Plenty of impressive wire-work and much needed kick-ass martial arts action. The lack of dialogue in the trailer might be hinting that it’s not where the movie’s strengths lie and that’s fine; no one is expecting Shakespeare from this thing. Just give us quality fight sequences and some cool characters and at least it’ll be worth the time for us action movie fans.

So… your thoughts on this poster (and the film in general) – hot or not?

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li opens on Feburary 27, 2009.

Sources: ComingSoon.net and /Film

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  1. Wow, I completely agree. That is one heinous poster. Why is there so much WHITE and why does that guy at the bottom look like His Name Is Earl? Yech.

  2. I just realized “that guy at the bottom” is Chris Klein. WTF, that does not look like Chris “Suri’s Real Father” Klein.

  3. The Chun-Li title is written so small!!

  4. This looks a little bit interesting, I think I will wait for a review, before i trudge out to see it.

  5. DVD bargain bin!

  6. i agree,this is a bizarre poster…

  7. “The lack of dialogue in the trailer might be hinting that it’s not where the movie’s strengths lie and that’s fine; no one is expecting Shakespeare from this thing.”

    While I wouldn’t disagree that the dialogue in this movie will likely suck, I reckon that the much more likely reason foro the lack of dialogue in the trailer is that the movie is in English and it’s a Japanese trailer…

    There’s not a lot of dialogue in a trailer for an action movie at the best of times, but what’s the point in putting in dialogue when a large majority of the audience for the trailer isn’t going to understand it?

  8. Glad to see George Michael is in the film.

  9. The studio is trying to distance itself from marketing the movie with a female character as the main protagonist. Thus, look at the two male fighters and how the subtitle “Legend of Chun Li” is so tiny. After the disaster of Lara Croft 2, Elektra and Catwoman, and with Wonder Woman in development hell, they probably figure ppl won’t watch a movie with a lead female character. Which sucks bc the movie is supposed to be about Chun Li – it’s even in the title.

    What people forget is if u deliver a well written, directed and acted movie with a female heroine, people will come. Look at Kill Bill.

  10. Wow they really went off the deep end with this movie one of the people look like the characters THEY NEVER LEARN

  11. @ SLR,

    Good point about little dialogue because of the language thing, never thought of that at the time.

    @ Cammy,

    As much as it pains me to say it I don’t think the reason Kill Bill did as well as it did was because the action lead was a female. Think about it – do you think it would have dramatically affected the box office if the lead was a male kicking ass? I don’t think so.

    Certainly us online movie fans who discuss the industry endlessly can say “it was cool to see a female kick-ass in a lead role” but sadly I don’t think it’s the type of thing that dictates whether the general public head out to see it.

  12. The poster doesn’t really bother me too much. As far as the film? I think it will appeal to kids/teens more than an adult audience. I’ve played nearly every Street Fighter game produced and i can say i don’t think the films do the games justice. The animated movies were much more entertaining to me. I dont think Chun Li should be a focal point of the movie, although she’s an important character. Chun Li is not the only Street Fighter that Bison affected (Charlie Blanca, Guile, Ryu etc.) I don’t think its fair to just center the movie around Chun Li. Just my opinion.

  13. I’ve always been told to never judge a book (or movie) by it’s cover but seriously, they could do better. The first time I’ve seen the first film was back on TV in ’98. THANK GOD!!! I’m SO GLAD I didn’t see it at the theaters.

  14. I like the poster. It’s different and catches the eye – it’s quite clever. The trailer looks good. I’ll wait to se the movie before pronouncing judgement!

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