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Friday, February 27, 2009

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (*1/2)

STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI
 
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is a bewildering attempt to transport some of the characters in the Street Fighter video games, strip them of practically any resemblance to the game, and then set them in the real world of Hong Kong and Bangkok -- a "real world" where Chun-Li can still summon and hurl a swirling ball of energy at M. Bison. Virtually nothing about the story or the background of the characters makes sense, with especially huge holes surrounding Bison's back story. These include the source of his Irish brogue when he was born and raised in Bangkok and why he speaks to his estranged daughter in Thai when she wasn't. It's debatable which was more believable: the idea that beautiful little Kristin Kreuk is such a potent wu shu fighter that she can flatten five guys twice her size, or Chris Klein's two day beard growth and feigned, snarling, tough guy cop badassery. Spending a couple of hours watching Kristin Kreuk wander around Bangkok would have been more enjoyable if her quest to find her missing father via chop-socky nonsense stopped getting in the way. Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia screaming "GAME OVER!" were sorely missed.

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