Sunday, May 30, 2010

Korean Week: Street Fighter the animated movie - a review

"The Street Fighter animated movie?" You might ask, "On HG101? At Korean Week?" But it makes more sense as it may sound. Even before the official adaption was released in Japan, Daiwon, a Korean production company for Kids' movies, created a 50-minute-long illegitimate child to the franchise.

The actual title of this is "Geori-eui Mubeopja", which may look exotic, but is basically just a Korean translation for "Street Fighter".

The film opens with 5 minutes of natural disasters, explaining how the earth is at danger of being entirely destroyed by the power of some black sun.

Then it switches to a match of Street Fighter II, Ryu vs. Ken, both played by two idiots in cosplay, who will turn out to be the heroes of this movie.

The company may have been dissatisfied about how there were no Korean fighters in the game, and instead of having to bear with a Japanese main character, switched them out like this. So watch Yi Soryong (not really coincidentally the Korean pronounciation for Bruce Lee's Chinese name) and some guy who's name I didn't get, but looks very similar to Dan, and that was before he even got invented. Speaking of Dan, both are just as big losers as Capcom's parody character, and after the match ends, they get in a real fight during which they demolish the arcade.

But Chun Li appears (yeah, all other characters are the "real" street fighters) to end the fight and summon them to her grandfather, who is also "Ryu and Ken's" master. He informs them about the threat to the world and sends them to a mission to stop it...

Better get used to those portraits, as they're shown every time a new character appears on stage, and are 3-4 pages long.

Dhalsim appears out of nowhere, together with Blanka, who is no more than Dhalsim's pet here, whith his main function being to run through dephts shots for cheap pseudo-3D "effects".

They find some strange ruins and meet Bison. Was the attire of the dictator borderline nazi in the games, now the skull on his hat is just bluntly replaced for a swastika. Oh, and yes, all characters have constantly hanging stuff out of their noses, be it snot, blood or hairs (but mostly snot), even the ones supposed to look threatening.

So Bison turns the two into seafood for no apparent reason or consequences, and disappears behind a door that can only be opened by someone with the exact same foot shape, lest he be turned to stone.

Dhalsim sends Blanka to capture our two idiots, and they force them to try their luck.

Just for fun a fight between Honda and Vega is shown for a few seconds, none of which ever appears again throughout the movie (they didn't even bother to include Cameos for Zangief, Balrog and Sagat). It seems the people colorizing the cells also didn't know Vega was supposed to wear a mask, at it has the exact same color as his skin.

Luckily, "Ryu's" foot is the exact match, the door opens and all the people turned to stone before are brought back to life. Bet you didn't expect to ever see Dracula, Frankenstein, a Chinese Zombie, April O'Neill and the Contra guy in a Street Fighter movie, all on a single screen no less.

Not impressed by the display of shameless as senseless cameo's, the heroes enter the "world of Street Fighter", which actually looks nothing like anything ever seen in any of the games, except maybe Street Fighter 2010. What is the world of Street Fighter, you ask? I don't know, and I don't care. By this point I'm only going on to see more of the character's ridiculous faces.

The scene changes again. We see a jet pilot who whitnesses a ship being destroyed by the power of the black sun. But before he can report to his superiors, Bison blinds him with dirt grabbed from between his toes(!), and the plane crashes. Into the world of Street Fighter, of course! And we see, the pilot's Guile, who finds the dirts on his helmet, but makes the mistake of taking its smell, which turns him into a destructive Zombie.

In the meantime, our heroes are... acting stupidly.

Guile finds them and beats them to pulp. Chun Li faces him for the best fight in the whole movie.

But then he starts spamming Sonic Booms, and the two idiots have to remember how they learned the Hadouken (which could have been the greatest Street Fighter V parody, if it would have been made after that series) to beat him.

After a failed attempt, they get their shit together and throw the devastating combined hadouken at him, ending his hypnosis.

The finale comes quite rushed, everyone tries to take on Bison, but no one can reach him, because he spawns projectiles like crazy. Finally "Ryu and Ken" do the twin Hadouken again to end this. Bison's beaten, the world is saved, and the two idiots keep on arguing like they did before.

The story might be even more stupid than in the life action movie with Jean-Claude van Damme and Raul Julia, the animation is nothing to brag with, and at least 15 minutes of the film are boring BS, but the ridiculousness of it all makes it a good time watching nonetheless. The best reccomendation is to join with a bunch of Street Fighter fans who have never seen this movie before, get drunk and have fun with its stupidity. Make sure you have something to do while watching though, the film is out on DVD, but other than most Korean DVD releases doesn't have any subtitles. There could be a fansub out there, but I wouldn't bet on it.


That's it for Korean week on Hardcore Gaming 101. I hope you had some fun, see you for more free-form posts in the future (I'm probably gonna take a break until after my article is out, though). Looks like everyone was holding back their posts for this week. I didn't quite intend to suggest this when announcing it, but I guess it was nice to have this enclosed immersive experience ;) Thanks, guys.


  1. Neat. I got six eps of the SFII Korean Live Action series. It's similarly lolwut-grade entertainment. street fighter ii ep 2 and other stuff from the tape.part1.rar street fighter ii ep 2 and other stuff from the tape.part2.rar

    if anybody wants an example.

  2. Strange movie, looks a lot like Dragonball. I would love to check it out, but no dub and no sub is a no go, as I generally like to understand my movies in some form or fashion. :3

    And what is up with Chun-Li's flat chest and normal ass? Have these people even PLAYED Street Fighter!?

    Awesome post, can't wait for the big article!

  3. There's no fansub out there that I know of, which is unfortunate. In fact, there's a lot of Korean stuff of interest that hasn't been fansubbed or made available (again, to the extent of my knowledge). Great review though. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for a long time.

  4. Wow, almost as odd as that Street Fighter scene in Jackie Chan's "City Hunter."

  5. Am I the only one who noticed that "Ryu and Ken's master" looks a lot like Dr. Wily?

  6. Beautiful entry, that's incredible - and hilarious.

    Despite being mainstream, there's so much fringe material related to Street Fighter that I've often though it might warrant its own standalone HG101 feature, looking not at the games but primarily all the weird crap connected to it.

  7. Wow that is truly a strange and comical looking film. I have to admit I laughed with I saw Bison with the swasticka. I am guessing Street Fighter isn't too popular in Korea.

  8. Wasn't there some Jackie Chan movie where he dresses up as Chun-Li and Blanka, or am I just tripping?

  9. That's City Hunter.

    Btw., Street Fighter was immensely popular in Korea, at least in the early days, that's why there's all that crazy stuff based on the franchise.

  10. the art style is kind of nice, even though it doesn't really fit street fighter at all..

  11. BTW why Korean week and no mention of Starcraft?

  12. Because I'm currently a retro guy. And maybe because there has been already said more about Korea and Starcraft than about anything else combined. I'll see if I can come up with something new to say some time later.

  13. Seconding Sketcz's post; an article on all the merchandise, movies & comics Street Fighter spawned would be interesting.

    Does anyone remember the Super Street Fighter II official sticker album? Or the old manga by Masaomi Kanzaki?

  14. Would be nice if you made this film available to us as an AVI anyway.

  15. I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that while it's available on DVD, even if it's only in Korea.

    You could ask to get it for you, it's only 3-4 bucks at most places here in Korea, he'll add his share and shipping. Tell him to look for [unicode] 거리의 무법자 at Yes24 or Kyobo.

  16. masaomi kanzaki's street fighter comics have been released in english by udon

  17. Does Chun-Li get her kit off in this one? :P

  18. Just read this and wondering how in the hell can I find this?

    1. I have no idea, but there should be no problem uploading this to the internet. The film is unlicensed and ancient

  19. Great review :)

    I wonder where i can find this as the DVD rip. I do wish i might find the DVD rip of this film somewhere

  20. yes, youtube, I just saw it, and use this review to understand what happened.

  21. u guys can watch this in Youtube.