While Guile and Chun-Li wear their trademark costumes by the film's climax, they are actually different colors from the original Street Fighter II: The World Warrior variations. In the film, Guile is wearing his blue tank top/camouflage pants, which is based on his Street Fighter II Turbo variation. Chun-Li is wearing her red lady dragon dress, which is based on her Street Fighter II: Champion(ship) Edition variation.
There is an oil painting in Bison's private quarters of a frowning clown holding a cluster of balloons and wearing Bison's signature cap. This is a reference to the famous "Pogo the Clown" oil paintings done by the infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
According to an on-line interview with MTV, Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally offered the role of Guile for Fox's Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009). He would've been the only original cast member to reprise the role for the Street Fighter reboot, but Van Damme turned down their offer. After the theatrical release of "The Legend of Chun-Li", which was intended to be better and more successful than the Jean-Claude Van Damme "Street Fighter", "The Legend of Chun-Li" actually made less money at the box office than "Street Fighter" and was considered by many fans and critics as a worse film than the original 1994 "Street Fighter" movie.
Thought the film was panned by both movie-critics and Capcom-fans because of it being unfaithful and effortless to Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers , it did became a commercial success and Raul Julia's performance was praised.
The final amphibious attack on M. Bison's compound, filmed on location in Thailand, was originally supposed to be an air assault. The Thai government wouldn't allow the use of its airspace for the large number of aircraft the scene would require, so the producers changed the final battle to a boat assault instead.
Because Capcom was co-financier of the film, every aspect of the production required their approval. Among other points, they mandated a December 1994 release date, which required the cast and crew to maintain an aggressive filming schedule. Capcom had long envisioned Jean-Claude Van Damme as Guile and asked him to be cast. After Van Damme was cast as Guile and Raul Julia as Bison, most of the casting budget had been spent. (Van Damme's fee alone took nearly 8 million dollars of the film's 35 million dollar budget.) This meant that the majority of other parts had to go to little-known or unknown actors.
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!"
In this film, several characters from the games were given full names. Guile's full name is William F. Guile, Sagat's first name is Viktor and Ryu and Chun-Li's last names are Hoshi and Zang respectively. None of these full names have been used in the video games canon, with the exception of Ken Masters and Cammy White.
In 2003, Jean-Claude Van Damme was actually working on a sequel, "Street Fighter II", for Universal, which had released the original. Several cast members had been hired to join him in the sequel, including his Universal Soldier (1992) co-star Dolph Lundgren in an unrevealed role, Australian actress Holly Valance would have replaced Kylie Minogue as Cammy White and Damian Chapa would have reprised his role as Ken Masters. Byron Mann was also reportedly in talks to return as Ryu Hoshi. However, after a few years of trying to get the sequel off the ground, the project never materialized and any plans for a sequel were scrapped in favor of a reboot, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), when the Street Fighter film rights reverted from Universal Pictures to 20th Century Fox.
In the "Magic trick" scene where Chun-Li is put in a barrel and then made to disappear, you can see the word 'Capcom' is printed in yellow on top of the orange barrel lid. Capcom is the team behind the Street Fighter video game series.
GOOFY HOLLER: Toward the end of the movie when the A.N. forces first arrive at Bison's fortress, one of Bison's troopers is sent flying from an explosion. This makes it one of the few non-animated and non-Disney films to use the sound effect.
In the Japanese dubbed version of the film, the characters Balrog (the African-American boxer), Vega (the Spanish cage fighter) and Bison (the leader of Shadaloo) were all addressed by their western names, despite the fact that the three characters are named differently in Japan.
In the video games, Ryu is Japanese in the game, in this film, he is depicted as being Japanese-American (despite Byron Mann being Chinese-American). E. Honda is also Japanese in the game, in this film he is depicted as being Samoan-American because of Peter "Navy" Tuiasosopo's ethnicity. Carlos "Charlie" Blanka is Brazilian like the original Jimmy "Blanka" from the game (despite Robert Mammon being Australian). Colonel Guile is American like the original Major Guile (despite Jean Clause Van Dammed being Belgian). Ken is Japanese-American in the game, in the movie, he is depicted as being American (despite Damian Chapa being Mexican-American). Chun Li Xiang is still Chinese like the original Chun Li. Zangief is still Russian (despite Andrew Bryniarski being of Polish, German and Irish decent). Dhalsim is still Hindu. Thunder Hawk is Mexican-Indian in the game, in the movie, he is depicted as being American-Indian (despite Gregg Rainwater being of Osage, Cherokee, Irish, and Filipino decent). Cammy White is still British (despite Kylie Minogue being Australian). Dee Jay is still Jamaican (despite Miguel A. Nunez Jr. being of African-American and Dominican decent). G. Balrog is still African-American like the original Balrog. Vega is still Spanish (despite Jay Tavare being American-Indian). Viktor "Iron Fist" Sagat is still Thai like the original Sagat (despite Wes Studi being Cherokee). M. Bison in this film is depicted as a possibly British, general (despite Raul Julia being Puerto Rican).
Producers from Japan advocated casting a Japanese actor in the role of Ryu, but American producers pushed for the casting of Byron Mann on the basis that his humorous interaction with Damian Chapa would be integral and dependent on the performer's fluency in English.
The film includes characters from the video games up to and including Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (1993). Most notably absent is Fei Long, the video-game version of Bruce Lee. Rumor has it that the character of Captain Sawada was supposed to be Fei Long, but was changed and renamed because the producers felt that the video game character was "too generic." Sawada would later appear in the video game based on this film Street Fighter: The Movie (1995) as well as in two episodes of the animated series Street Fighter: The Animated Series (1995). This character shares his name with the last name of the actor who portrays him in the film (Kenya Sawada).
The cast's physical training was handled by Hollywood trainer and world karate champion Benny Urquidez. Charlie Picerni was hired as the stunt cordinator; he took the job with the condition that he would need ample time to train the cast. De Souza agreed, however plans were switched once it was learned the Raul Julia was suffering from cancer. Initially plans were to shoot Julia's less intensive scenes first while the rest of the cast would train with Picerni, however upon seeing Julia, de Souza realized that they could not show him in his current weakened state and was forced to switch the filming around. This led to an environment where the cast would be trained only right before their scenes sometimes only hours ahead.
The MPAA gave the first submitted cut of the film an R classification which was unacceptably high for Capcom, who had stated from the start that it should be a PG-13 film. After various cuts were made a G rating according to de Souza was given which was bumped up to PG-13 with the addition of an expletive in post production.
During the beginning of the Guile Vs. Bison scene, Guile says his win quote from Street Fighter II: The World Warrior  "Are you man enough to fight with me?" and Bison response with his ending quote from Street Fighter II': Champion(ship) Edition  "Anyone who opposes me will be destroyed!".
In the game, the heroes are Ryu, Edmund Honda, Blanka, Major Guile, Ken Masters, Chun Li, Zangief, Dhalsim, Cammy White, Thunder Hawk and Dee Jay, the villians are Balrog, Vega, Sagat and Master Bison. In this movie, the heroes are Colonel William F. Guile, Lieutenant Cammy White, Sergeant T. Hawk, Chun Li Xiang, E. Honda, G. Balrog, Ken Masters, Ryu Hoshi, Dhalsim, Zangief (antihero) and Carlos "Charlie" Blanka (antihero), the villians are Dee Jay (antihero), Vega, Viktor "Iron Fist" Sagat and General M. Bison.
Part of the film's plot is Chun-Li getting revenge on Bison for killing her father. Ming-Na Wen who played Chun-Li would go on to voice Mulan, a young woman who goes to war to save her father in Mulan (1998).
A year before, a Hong Kong movie based on Street Fighter II: The World Warrior  titled Future Cops  was released. Since this film was an unauthorized adaptation, they changed the names and appearances of the street fighters and made some slight modifications though they retained and renamed their special moves. Zangief and Balrog were omitted in the movie.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
The character Carlos Blanka is a combination of the video game characters Blanka and Charlie. In the video games Blanka is a feral savage, with green skin and long orange hair, resembling a monster more than a human. Charlie is Guile's deceased war buddy according to his profile in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991). The role of the human Carlos is played by Robert Mammone, while that the role of the mutated Blanka is played by a uncredited actor named Kim Repia.
The Dhalsim character in the video games is bald, has scant clothing, and has the ability to stretch his arms and legs by twice or three times their length to strike his opponent from long distances. Dr. Dhalsim in this film bears no resemblance to this character until his final scene with Guile, but in Dhalsim's second-to-last scene his arm is splashed with chemicals, possibly referencing (or foreshadowing) his stretching-limbs move.
Vega only has four lines during the entire movie: - Vega is seen shouting, "Go, go!" when he joins Ryu in the A.N. prisoner truck during the prison break sequence. - He then says "I knew we couldn't trust them..." off-camera, the audience does not realize it is him until Bison directly refers to him. - As he is putting on his mask prior to his fight with Ryu he says "Where were we?" to which Ryu returns a punch to him and replies "You were losing." - His final line is "Die!" which he says during his fight with Ryu.
Several characters do their "signature moves" from the video game in fight scenes: - Ryu appears to use a "Hadouken" on Vega in their second fight (he holds his hands in the familiar position and a bright flash is seen on screen). Then finally defeats Vega with a Tatsumaki Senpyuu Kyaku or known as his Hurricane Kick - Vega does his Rolling Stab move twice in the same fight. - Ken uses a spinning uppercut (Shoryuken in the game) against Sagat. - E. Honda appears to do his "Hundred Hand Slap" against Zangief. - Guile does two "Flash Kicks" when fighting Bison (he performs a kick while in a back flip. - Although the move does not resemble the one from the game, Cammy says "Thrust kick!" while fighting a trooper in the assault. - While Bison is flying, he uses a move that resembles his "Psycho Crusher" on Guile several times (flying towards the enemy with an outstretched fist).