The fight to save the world is on!
Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.
Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.
Richard L. Anderson Greg P. Russell Gary Wilkins Marvin Walowitz Brian Williams Julia Evershade John Dunn Warren Hamilton Jr. Donald Flick Jeffrey J. Haboush Kevin E. Carpenter Donald O. Mitchell Michael Herbick Frank A. Montaño Ed Callahan Stephanie Flack Solange S. Schwalbe John Hulsman Dean G. Manly
Street Fighter 1, Street Fighter: The Movie
god this movie is fuckin awful. not one person in it is good. i love it
Lets not fool ourselves here - Street Fighter is a piece of shit.
But I'll be damned if time isn't being kind to this car crash. Watching it as a straight comedy last night in a packed cinema, it was a hoot.
Things that are bad about Street Fighter = Everything.
Things that are amazing in Street Fighter =
- Raul Julia's straight delivery of a proposterous script.
- Van Damme's inspirational call to arms.
- Van Damme calling Bison a dick head.
- Bison's clown painting.
- Bison's horseback painting.
- Everything Zangief - EVERYTHING. The guy is dynamite.
- Dr Dhalsim's vanishing hair.
- Blanka maintaining his humanity watching video's of Dolphins and Puppy's.
- Van Damme telling a polititian that he's lost his balls.
- Bison's Arcade Controller.
- E.Honda & Zangief's slow motion fight with overdubbed Godzilla sound effects.
The list could easily go on. This movie is a riot.
"Troopers, [encouraging patriotic army music starts playing] I just received new orders. Our superiors say the war is canceled. We can all go home. [cut to soldier shaking his head] Bison is getting paid up for his crimes and our friends who have died here will have died for nothing. [cut to soldier blinking] But... we can all go home. Meanwhile, ideals like peace, [cut to Asian soldier] freedom [cut to female soldier] and justice [cut to inspired-looking soldier], they get packed up. But... we can all go home. [cut to soldier blinking] Well, I'm not going home. [cut to soldier smiling] I'm going to get on my boat [cut to soldier making a gesture of approval with his head]…
Street Fighter is way too unwieldy; a mistake the tournament-centric Mortal Kombat (1995) avoids. Viewers are thrown headlong into the action without much direction on what to focus on. Good and bad guys are etched out to the uninitiated while they each trail off in pointless trajectories. All eventually consolidate into a battle in the underground compound, disguised as temple ruins, of Raul Juila's M. Bison.
Although I'm not going the route of blaming these problems from not following its source material at all. What works in a video game may not translate to film. Especially this example, a fighting game foremost with all of its backstory relegated to the pages of instruction manuals. So it's unfair to fault writer/director…
how the hell does this have more blood and death in it than the Mortal Kombat movie
(2020 Summer Blockbuster Series)
All Street Fighter really needed was a kickass soundtrack and it could have been just as good as the Mortal Kombat movie.
As far as video game movies go Street Fighter is definitely a cheese fest, but it holds up so much better than I expected. Some of my most found memories of playing Super Nintendo as a kid were when my dad would played 'Street Fighter 2' with me. And when the movie came out I remember watching it non-stop on VHS. And after all these years it has been a blast to introduce my boys to this beloved franchise.
- It would have be fascinating to be in the writers room…
Street Fighter had amazing potential to be something magnificently bad/fun, but somehow, it wasn't over-the-top enough for me and, for JCVD being top-billed, it had far too little of the muscle from Brussels.
One thing is for certain, M. Bison's bedroom was the stuff my dreams are made of, a chandelier made of skulls and bones, a John Wayne Gacy-style portrait of Bison, that red and black room divider, an evil-looking fireplace, and gas that comes from the ceiling to make annoying people stfu.
This was the first time I watched Street Fighter in probably 20 years and I was sorely disappointed that I couldn't see Dhalsim in his Street Fighter II form, not as a conscientious scientist.
Although the movie made me want to play Street Fighter pretty badly, so that's something.
I don't think there's a single street fight in this whole movie.
Bison: All I want to do is rule the world, is that so much to ask?
The pros of this movie:
Raul Julia gives another fun eccentric performance here as Bison, tho sadly it would be his last.
Jean Claude Van Damme did a lot of cocaine and supposedly bumped uglies with Kylie Minougue.
Well A lot....it pretty bad all around
basically a PG-13 paul verhoeven movie. van damme in this is so coked out of his mind that it feels like he's acting on a different plane of existence, and all the actors named after the videogame's characters are stumbling around trying to make sense of what, if anything, are their character motivations/emotions, which half of the time results in them under-acting and the other half of the time results in de souza's pulpy dialogue achieving this gawky iconic humor that makes this film so incredibly quotable.
and raul julia... what a fucking legend. too good for this world.
this a luminously special film, an essential 90s text. everyone should be required to watch it in order to truly understand american cinema.
There's no point in trying to deny that this film isn't utter shit, because it is. But does it have anything going for it at all? Well, Raul Julia gives it his all for one, and trying to imagine 5" Kylie as some sort of commando does have me intrigued, but when you put together an awful script, wobbly sets, and action sequences that defy logic, the criticism is going to come pretty quickly. Add the fact that the budget was $35 million dollars back in 1994, a quite considerable amount, and you'd have expected something much better, or would you?
JCVD was paid $8 million dollars to star in this film, not too shabby at all, but did he…
"You came to fight a madman, and instead found a God?"
As a martial arts movie, this totally fails, but as an absurd, over the top 90s Action Comedy in the vein of Demolition Man, it actually kinda works.
It's faithfulness to the source material is questionable in bizarre ways. There's little Street Fighting but it crams pretty much all of the cast of Street Fighter II in, all of them recognizable as themselves. They don't all necessarily do anything, but they are there. Also Bison uses a fucking arcade gamepad to launch missiles this movie is a fucking gift.
The late Raul Julia's Bison is pretty much fucking perfect, honestly I'd even say Oscar worthy. He took the role…
At least it seems to know it's bad.
Irgendwie ist es schon erstaunlich, was in den 90er Jahren noch alles so im Kino lief, was heute wahrscheinlich nur noch stillschweigend direkt für den Heimkino-Markt ausgewertet werden würde. Im Grunde ist der Film wirklich schlecht, die Geschichte hanebüchener Unsinn. Ich konnte mich trotzdem ganz gut unterhalten mit diesem Schwachsinn, weil ich das gleichnamige Spiel bis zum heutigen Tag immer wieder gern in meine Nintendo-Konsole stecke. Muss man in der Stimmung für sein und darf wirklich gar nichts erwarten.
There is no question that this is a bad film. Performances, with the exception of Raul Julia, Wes Studi and Andrew Bryniarsky, are awful. The dialogue, while occasionally genuinely funny, is more miss than hit (although that could be down as much to poor delivery as poor writing).
Worst element: Blanca is dreadfully realised - like Lou Ferrigno's Hulk with a worse wig.
Best element: having Sagat and Vega be gay lovers.
The kids loved it and I had a blast too. So, objectively dreadful but brilliant fun for this family.
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I watched Street Fighter this morning. It's a enjoyable action-packed movie that in my opinion stays true to the source material. Jean Claude Van Damme did a great job playing Guile. I think the whole cast did a great job with staying true to the characters. I have to give a special shoutout to the late Raul Julia for being so good as M. Bison.All the action scenes were choreographed pretty well. I thought the script was very fast-paced and has some pretty awesome cheesy dialogue and one-liners. Steven E. de Souza did a good job directing the film. de Souza always does a good job writing and directing action movies. It's Not a perfect movie but it does it's job as a fun 100-minute movie that I recommend.
I unironically adore this movie.
in case ur reading this, luv u raul
the remake should have more streetfightering when they inevitably produce it. ok i’ll do it
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This is so stupid, and among its few actually good qualities is just how hammy Raul Julia’s Bison is. He’s actually incredible, no sarcasm.
There is so much going on in the film simply for the purpose of trying to fit as many of the game’s characters as they can. But then many characters like T. Hawk might as well not even be there. They got the scientist to get his hair burned off just so he can look like Dhalsim, right at the end. And you can tell they wanted to make a sequel so badly (the post-credits scene confirms that, of course). I kinda want to live in the world where that happened.
It’s stupid and fun but I wish I was watching it with my friends who, like me, enjoy the Street Fighter games.
This movie is a weird cocaine fuelled mess but holy hell its one incredibly entertaining mess that only really starts to sag as it hits the last third. This film wisely ditches the tournament fighting idea and instead goes full Bond-style adventure with explosions, weird sight gags and enough cheese and ham to fuel an entire army.
Sure its also weirdly paced, the introduction is rushed to kingdom come and theres way too much going on all at once (Did we really need the whole Blanka/Dhalsim subplot?) but... who cares. Its fun and sometimes thats enough.
Ich habe Respekt davor, dass man die Charaktere, vorallem gegen Ende, fast alle, ziemlich akkurat darstellt. Doch der Film bleibt Trash, ist aber trotzdem, eine der besten Videospielverfilmungen, zumindest im Bereich Detailgetreue. Und auf gewisse Weise, unterhält mich der Film, jedes mal.
Ach ja und die Siegerposen am Ende, sind einfach nur genial.
Good god.. That's some schlock right here!
Maybe I should have watched it with friends and lots of beer..
Von einem guten Film ist Street Fighter – Die entscheidende Schlacht ganz weit entfernt. Aber nicht so weit wie andere Filme, die sich diesen Schuh ernsthaft anziehen wollen. Er verfügt immerhin über so viel Ironie und eine gesunde Selbstwahrnehmung, dass er sich lieber gleich über sich selbst lustig macht. Das muss man nicht mögen, aber zumindest etwas Respekt zollen ist dafür schon angemessen.
Kylie Minogue delivering the finest performance of her entire career and a Belgian man with a thick Belgian accent playing the most American soldier of all American soldiers. What's not to like? Oh the drastic story and character changes when compared to the original videogame lore maybe. Other than that it's okay though. Trust me. You have to ignore all the cheese and cringe, but it's fine. Really. Kind of.
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