The Street Fighter series has been actively kicking for more than 25 years with the most recent core installment, Street Fighter V, releasing as a PS4 console exclusive just last month, with an eye of reaffirming its legacy as the champion of beat ‘em ups. Away from the games, there has been attempts at live-action adaptations including a 1994 film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and 2009's Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
While the big screen versions of Street Fighter are not remembered with much affection, Capcom has had considerably more success in putting their property in the hands of creative minds who have a deep appreciation for Street Fighter. In 2014, Joey Ansah, an actor and stunt coordinator who appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum and Snow White and the Huntsman as well as choreographing the battles in Xbox title Ryse: Son of Rome, brought fans the back story of iconic Street Fighter characters Ken and Ryu in the Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist live-action web series. It was a massive hit with more than 17 million fans tuning in. Now, Ansah is back writing and directing, supported by producers Jacqueline Quella and Mark Wooding. Their new web series Street Fighter: Resurrection launches today, Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
Street Fighter: Resurrection is a four-episode, live-action miniseries that sets the stage for Capcom's recently launched video game Street Fighter V. This long-awaited and highly anticipated sequel will be Machinima's first series to air exclusively on go90. Set a decade after the events in Assassin’s Fist, Resurrection sees Mike Moh (Empire) and Christian Howard (The World’s End) reprise their roles as ‘Ryu’ and ‘Ken’ while the series brings back the iconic Street Fighter character long-presumed dead, Charlie Nash (Alain Moussi, Suicide Squad, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Pacific Rim). There are also a number of cameos from Machinima influencers including Amy Johnston from Bat In The Sun Productions’ and Terroriser, who is best known for his auto-tuning gaming videos and vlog series.
In Resurrection, heroes Ken and Ryu are reunited to face an ominous new threat. Charlie Nash is back, and targeting legendary Street Fighter champions in a mysterious mission. After a confrontation with Nash, Ryu and Ken must uncover what exactly it is he is up to and whether he is friend or foe. As events speed toward a showdown in London with the resurgent Shadaloo cartel, covert forces battle for global supremacy with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. A short video preview of the first episode has been made available for fans to get a taste for what the series will have to offer. It will aim to serve up a combination of fast paced action, using expertly crafted fight sequences to replicate the kind of bouts you expect to see in the game, along with a suspenseful thriller storyline involving the return of a long-time nemesis.
This series may serve to be crucial viewing for fans who really care about Street Fighter V’s and indeed the entire series’ storyline. A free cinematic expansion to the game will be made available that will deliver a story taking place between Street Fighter III and Street Fighter IV. To get the whole picture, Street Fighter: Resurrection will serve as a prologue to Street Fighter V’s plot. Capcom have seemingly got a taste for collaborations like these and have been reported to be planning a full feature length live action Street Fighter movie. Resurrection looks to set a highly ambitious standard for whatever comes next.
Street Fighter: Resurrection is available now to stream on go90 while Street Fighter V is out now on PS4 and PC.