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Jean-Claude Van Damme as Colonel William F. Guile
Raul Julia as General M. Bison
Ming-Na Wen as Chun-Li Xang
Kylie Minogue as Lieutenant Cammy Blue
Roshan Seth as Dr. Dhalsim
Wes Studi as Victor Sagat
Byron Mann as Ryu Hoshi
Grand L. Bush as Balrog
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo as E. Honda
Jay Tavare as Vega
Andrew Bryniarski as Zangrief
Gregg Rainwater as T. Hawk
Miguel A. Nunez Jr. as Dee Jay
Robert Mammone as Carlos Blanka
Street Fighter (1994): I like this
movie. It's fun, colorful, has a lot of activity, and is
sensationally corny. There's little reality to it, but it
works. This is just a fun type of adventure movie.
If you are an open-minded movie watcher, and/or know
little about the "Street Fighter" video games, you'll be happy with
this film. I think where this failed with followers of the games
is the fact that it had little to do with the games. The "Street
Fighter" games were all about fighters competing in a tournament where
they finally battled the evil dictator M. Bison. In this movie,
there is NO tournament. The characters are all loosely tied
together just to make an appearance. It's pretty much a superhero
war movie, with the good side. led by Guile, fights the bad side, led
by M. Bison.
Raul Julia as M. Bison is a bit annoying. The
character of M. Bison is supposed to be huge in stature, and Julia is
definitely not a big man. On top of that, his M. Bison acts more
creepy than he does tough or cunning.
Van Damme, I imagine, was a surprise for people who
knew the character of Guile. Colonel William F. Guile is supposed
to be American. I don't think anyone expected Guile to have a
Belgian accent. Not to mention that Van Damme doesn't boast the
wild hairstyle of Guile from the games. Besides these things, I
think he was good in the movie. But I can see how "Street
Fighter" purists might be let down.
Ming-Na (credited here as Ming-Na Wen) was probably
the coolest piece of casting here. She gave a lot of personality
to the character of Chun-Li that we never knew it had! I enjoyed
Ming-Na Wen in an episode of the TV sitcom "All American Girl".
I've been following her work ever since these two shows. She was
also good in the sci-fi thriller "Starquest" (1994). She seems to
have made a steady career as the voice of Disney's Mulan character
since 1998. Her Chun-Li really had a lot of spunk and was quite
adventurous. I like her work a lot.
Kylie Minogue starred as Lieutenant Cammy
Blue. This was a very popular character from the games, but she
is given such a limited, unimportant part. Basically, the whole
movie is Guile vs. M. Bison, with a sub-plot involving Chun-Li.
She looked good, though, which is really all they were going for.
Ryu Hoshi was always the flagship character of the
franchise, but they couldn't have made him seem any less important to
this story. I think that probably ticked off a lot of fans who
liked this character best.
This movie got a lot of bad reviews from critics,
but it was not a flop by any means. It was made for $35 million
and grossed triple that worldwide.