In the spring, the full moon shines for the warrior who has lost his way. Coyote is the spirit that leads back to life. If he follows the coyote when the moon is full, the warrior will see the path once more...
John G. Avildsen
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Col. William Guile leads an army of soldiers into the country of Shadaloo to find traces to lead him to General M. Bison, who has captured many people including three missing soldiers. Among them is Carlos "Charlie" Blanka, in which Bison decides to turn into a hideous mutant. On the other hand, Chun Li is a reporter who seeks revenge against Bison for the death of her father years ago. Then two small time hustlers Ryu and Ken, are arrested along with Sagat, a powerful arms dealer and Vega for dealing of illegal weapons. Guile recruits them in order to find Bison's base. Now Guile, T. Hawk, Cammy, Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Balrog and E. Honda have three days before Bison murders the hostages and takes over the world. Written by
The AN Forces Radio DJ is played by Adrian Cronauer, whose exploits as an Armed Forces Radio DJ in Vietnam were dramatized in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987). He even gives a variation of his signature sign-on phrase: "Good morning, Shadoloo!" See more »
While Guille watches a video of him, Blanca and their wives, the Brazilian flag stitched on Blanca's uniform is clearly backwards. See more »
[to Chung-Li as she arrests her]
Darling, basic black's not really you. Prison grey, perhaps?
[Chung-Li does a back-flip and runs off]
Stop! Hey! Come back here! Where do you think you're going? Hey, stop! Stop! You don't have a chance!
What a screw-up!
Colonel William F. Guile:
[appears and watches Chung-Li's escape]
What a woman!
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Though Street Fighter is not exactly Oscar-material it does have a lot going for it. The movie is quite hilarious and I'm surprised at how many great actors they managed to cast (no, I'm not talking about Van Damme). Even in her minimal exposure character as Cammy, Kylie Minogue could act pretty convincingly. Damien Chappa and Byron Mann were a very sympathetic pair as Ruy and Ken. Ming Na gave an appropriately tense performance as Chun Li. Wes Studi may be a tad out of shape, but he gives Sagat's character unbelievable coolness. Also, I can't lie, Miguel Nunez Jr. (DeeJay) and Andrew Bryniarski (Zangief) were a blast.
This movie is quite funny even if parts of it were kinda cheap. If you're a hard-core fan of the games I do not recommend it, but anyone who doesn't take the games too seriously or isn't bothered by Van Damme too much will at least get a good laugh from watching this, if nothing else.
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