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Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
"Improve your skill, son. Harden your body, become a NUMBER ONE MAN!"
In a typical action flick, the hero's loved one is murdered, causing the hero to exact his revenge on those responsible. Same boring stuff. Now what if the roles were reversed; what if the hero is the one killing loved ones and the villain is looking for revenge? That's just the start of how The Street Fighter differs from every other martial arts film. The hero is the most evil son of a b*tch in the whole movie, it's great. He breaks every rule in the hero handbook and you still root for him. Sonny Chiba is the title character and he doesn't take sh*t from anyone. Chiba fights everyone, an entire dojo of martial arts students, trained bodyguards, and hired assassins, he even takes on the Yakuza. The characters are superb, mainly the villains. Junjo, the Boss, and even the big, bald wrestler are all great. I absolutely love the blind swordsman. The violence is eye popping, literally. From teeth spittin' to throat rippin', even x-ray bone breaking (which Romeo Must Die would later steal) and a scene that will make every male cringe. And lets not forget the martial arts. Some of the best fighting ever. Chiba is an extraordinary artist. Chiba would play the Street Fighter three more times but this is him at his best. The sequels aren't as good, but still recommended viewing.
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