Street Fighter: Legacy is the best live-action Street Fighter film you’ll ever see
Who liked Street Fighter: The Movie and The Legend of Chun-Li? Nobody. Unless you’re watching those movies for a quick laugh and a large sigh, you know that the Street Fighter films have been nothing but garbage.
Street Fighter: Legacy was created by actor, filmmaker, and choreographer Joey Ansah. After being disappointed with what Hollywood has done to the beloved franchise, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
As an actor, film maker and a fan, I have been repeatedly disappointed by the many diluted, un faithful and outright butchered movie adaptations of fighting video games. It was clear to me, that given the way the movie industry worked, we would never see a super faithful, darker toned and more adult themed (or just plain good!) incarnation of Street fighter unless a die-hard fan director or film-making team with the game canon knowledge, film making know how and connections stepped up to the plate to helm such a project.
So almost a year ago, I began writing treatments and a production design brief and partnered with Streetlight films before proposing my concept and vision to Capcom. I’m pleased to say they gave their blessing and permission for the project to move forward
The movie is a bit short, but the fighting is well done. You’ll notice that Ken and Ryu perform their actual moves, which is a nice touch. The Focus Attack and Tatsumaki didn’t look cheap or forced either. This is probably the closest we’ll get to ever seeing a good Hadouken. It’s still pretty awkward. Regardless, Ansah’s effort proves that a live action Street Fighter movie could be done properly. It’s just a shame there isn’t more!
If you couldn’t tell, that’s Jon Foo as Ryu, Christian Howard as Ken, and Joey Ansah as Akuma. Jon Foo is also Jin Kazama in the new Tekken movie, so it’s neat to see him in another fighting game film as the main character.
Here are two additional videos that show just how much work went into making this three minute film:
Street Fighter: Legacy is a Streetlight Films production, co-directed by Joey Ansah and Owen Trevor, and was produced by Jacqueline Quella. Hopefully we’ll see more from them in the future.
There is actually another Street Fighter fan film that released this week called ‘Street Fighter: Beginnings End’. It’s pretty good too! Just ignore the crazy wig…
Let us know what you thought of the short films in the comments section below.