Street Fighter Movie! But where are Ryu and Ken?
I confess, I am of the Street Fighter generation. The amount of time I spent mashing buttons in order to get one set of pixels to “haaaaddddouken!” another is probably unhealthy, but I feel it set me up for a successful, happy and well-balanced life with only the occasional Street Fighting fantasy. So when I heard about the new Street Fighter movie opening in America on February 27th, I got all giddy and weak at the knees.
But imagine my surprise when I discovered that two of the linchpins of the Street Fighter series, who have appeared in every game, movie and animated series so far, aren’t going to be appearing. Ryu and Ken, of whom the former was always my character, jealously guarded against friends wanting a go on the Sega, aren’t going to be in the new movie. Instead, it will focus on Chun-Li, played by Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk, trying to infiltrate M.Bison’s (Neal McDonough, Desperate Housewives) underground fight club. Others appearing will be Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas as Vega, the Wolverine/Ninja/Bullfighter hybrid and Michael Clarke Duncan as enormous boxer Balrog (who was far too slow for me in the game, and also had really weak kicks…yeah).
I guess I shouldn’t have got my hopes up in the first place. The first Street Fighter movie, in 1994, was graced by the talents of Jean Claude Van Damme and Kylie Minogue and was little more than funny. Ah well, life goes on.