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.
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.
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.
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 latter would 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).
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 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 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.
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.
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 games
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 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.
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.
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 or Helicopter 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).