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:
(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.