Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

When former CIA agent Cammy White assassinates a Justice Minister, Interpol sends Chun Li to find out why. She teams up with Captain Guile of the United States Military as they hunt down Shadowlaw and its mysterious leader M. Bison.

Bison is currently recruiting and he’s handpicking the finest street fighters and martial artists the world has to offer, but his ultimate prize remains elusive. A fighter known only as Ryu continues to evade him.

Settling on Ryu’s former sparring partner Ken, Bison manages to lure him out and now seeks to test himself against what he believes is the highest rated fighter in the world. Expect to see all of your favourite characters from the classic video game.

I remember loving this movie when I was younger… It really should have stayed in the past. There are some amazing fights and beautifully choreographed scenes, most notably the fight between Chun Li and Vega, but other than that the story is terrible.

There was just so many nonsensical decisions by the characters and frankly laughable moments that this movie utterly fell to pieces. Not to mention the pointless and meandering storyline, that never really goes anywhere.

The soundtrack was amazing and like I said a handful of scenes really stood out, but other than that it was a disaster. Which, frankly, I’m still a little shocked and disappointed about, because, like I said, I had a lot of fond memories of this. All gone, except for the Chun Li versus Vega scene. That should be watched every day and studied for the way it developed tension to the point that it exploded into an awesome action scene.

We discussed Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie in the Otaku on Writing podcast. If you want to find out more head on over to http://otakuonwriting.libsyn.com/.

2 Comments

  1. The Chun Li scene with Vega is still one of the best anime fights of all time to me.

    • Yes, definitely. The build up of tension from her being in the shower, Vega sneaking around her apartment, and Guile frantically trying to contact her. The shift in music and tone when he attacks is amazing.

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