[UPDATE: A longer clip from Street Fighter: Legacy has been added.]
How often have we talked about the bad, horrible and all around poor attempts at bringing fighting style video games to the big screen? The unfortunate list has several bad adaptations on it: Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2, Dead or Alive, Tekken, King of Fighters, Dragonball Evolution, Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li and the one that started it all; Street Fighter. Of those, only the first Mortal Kombat is really considered to be “good.”
A few guys with nothing but a dream, some martial arts skills and some friends with some rather fancy camera work/SFX abilities have made two short films on how they think Street Fighter should have looked and to be honest, they aren’t that bad.
The first short film we have to show you is called Street Fighter: Beginnings End and it stars Brendon Huor as Ryu and Shaun Charney as Ken. Both Huor and Charney were responsible for the fight choreography and Darren Bailey served as 1st Assistant Director. The great looking VFX were done by Christopher Cowan. My one complaint about this is Ken’s hair. It looks like Billy Ray Cyrus dyed himself blonde and started practicing MMA.
Watch the film below and see what you think:
Street Fighter: Beginnings End
All in all, the guys here did an astounding job and the inclusion of the Ken’s Rising Dragon Fist was a great touch. The story wasn’t too hard to figure out in a short period of time and they really seemed to care about making the fight scenes look as much like the original game as possible. Ken’s Whirlwind Kick was executed brilliantly as well.
Next, we have a couple of very short teasers that our buddy Frosty from Collider gave us a heads up about last week. This one is called Street Fighter: Legacy and it’s been put together by a few more well known people in Hollywood. It doesn’t necessarily have any studio backing but it does have some names you might recognize.
The whole concept was the brainchild of actor, filmmaker, and action choreographer Joey Ansah (Desh in The Bourne Ultimatum) and managed to get quite a group of people far up in the Hollywood food chain to hop on board. Director Owen Trevor (Top Gear), producer Jacqueline Quella, and Anthony Wayne, who produced on the last eleven James Bond films, all agreed to help make his vision a reality. He also talked the post production/VFX house Prime Focus into lending their talents as well.
Watch the two teasers below:
Street Fighter: Legacy Teaser #1
Street Fighter: Legacy Teaser #2
[UPDATE: Thanks to reader Ryan for pointing us toward a longer clip from the movie. Check it out]
[The longer clip is substantially better than the previous two teasers but it feels over-produced and the slow motion effect feels forced. That being said, it's light years ahead of the original Street Fighter movie.]
Here’s what Ansah had to say about why he decided to make this short film:
"As an actor, film maker and a fan, I have been repeatedly disappointed by the many diluted, unfaithful and outright butchered movie adaptations of fighting video games. It was clear to me, that given the way the movie industry worked, we would never see a super faithful, darker toned and more adult themed (or just plain good!) incarnation of Street fighter unless a die-hard fan director or film-making team with the game canon knowledge, film making know how and connections stepped up to the plate to helm such a project."
Here’s the one problem I see with these last two teasers… they show nothing! Two guys dressed like Street Fighter characters standing in the rain. No offense but I could make that same piece in my pajamas standing in the shower. The one major difference I see between these two short films is that one has no Hollywood types involved and looks cool and the other does have Hollywood types involved and looks crappy.
It just goes to show you that whenever Hollywood gets their fingers into something they can’t help but screw it up. The entire short film for Street Fighter: Legacy is supposed to be released this Thursday and who knows, maybe it will be a decent enough to watch. Steve (Frosty) at Collider has good things to say about it so stay tuned for that.
Which of the two short films did you like the most – Street Fighter: Beginnings End or Street Fighter: Legacy?
I think I’m going to make that video of me in my pajamas in the shower now.
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