Street Fighter II Animated Movie
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That being said, this is still a great purchase if you love action with bits of story. The voice acting (with the possible exception of Ken Masters) is excellent. Ted Richards (Ken) isn't absolutely nauseating, but he sounds like he's reading a storybook to children in a classroom. Okay, back to the positives. I'm not much of an alternative rock fan, but I can still appreciate the music submitted by Alice in Chains and, uh... like I said, I'm not into alternative rock. The instrumentals are okay, but nothing like the video games.
As the story goes, M. Bison is hi-tech using monitor cyborgs to search for street fighters he can turn into minions to do his evil biddings. All seventeen fighters from Super Street Fighter 2 TURBO are in this film. However, only Chun-Li, Guile, Ken, Ryu, and Bison have very big parts. Fei Long, Cammy, Vega, Balrog, Sagat, Edmond Honda have much smaller parts, you just briefly see Dhalsim, Thunder Hawk, Blanka, Dee Jay, and Zangief, and you have to look carefully if you want to see Akuma.
Note: The M in M Bison stands for Mike, because that is the Japanese name for Balrog the boxer. In Japan, the name Balrog belongs to Vega, the Spanish fighter with the deadly claw. In Japan, M.Read more ›
-Put in as many of the characters as you can.
-Put in as many fights as you can.
-Have a big showdown with the nominal "villain."
-Plot and storyline be damned.
Street Fighter II does this. Now, you're probably thinking, "But thats good if you like the Street Fighter games!" Well yeah, I've always been a big fan of the SF2 saga, but this movie was a disappointment.
Essentially, there are four or five different storylines or plots in this movie. They all concern Bison to some degree, but no real single story to follow. This makes the whole thing boring.
It especially gets boring after the famous Chun-Li/Vega fight. Its a great fight, and probably the only reason to watch the movie, but after that every thing is just predictable and dragged out. In fact, this entire movie pretty much feels dragged out.
REGARDS TO THE DVD RELEASE---
Its in no way a reason to buy, save if you're switching your video collection over to DVD. The film is still edited (as seen by the edited Chun-Li shower scene). There's also the god-awful American soundtrack left in. If you liked the bad hard rock music from the video, you won't mind it, but if you don't like releases from Japanese countries being adulterated, then there's a problem.
So its pretty much a waste of a DVD.
Everyone from the game makes at least a cameo appearance in the film, and the brilliantly animated fights make up for any inconsistancies in the plot, such as the way that Guile, Honda and Balrog all survive a 100 foot fall, and why Bison doesn't use his psychic powers to kill off Ryu and Ken, even when he starts to lose the fight.
Also, Guile and Chun Li come across as having a relationship in the film. One example is Guile's concern for Chun Li when she's getting shredded by Vega, and another is the way he actually shows an emotion other than anger when he's with her.
There is a lot of swearing and blood that wasn't cut out of the special edition, as well as a shower scene especially for male Chun Li fans. It's not a film for little kids.
Bottom line: The fights are so well animated that you get the feeling you could do a Dragon Punch if you practised hard enough.
The story follows the elusive, vagabond fighter Ryu. After defeating Sagat, he travels the world looking for a good fight and a great challenge. And he also reminisces about his friend and classmate, Ken. Ken is also looking for Ryu. But not far behind Ken is Bison who is also looking for Ryu and for different reaosns. Bison's Shadowlaw crime syndicate is kidnapping the best fighters in the world, erasing their memories and sending them to assassinate world leaders. But Bison should be worried as well because tracking him are Guile and Chun Li. It's a race for Guile and Chun Li to stop Bison and for Bison to find Ryu and Ken to find Ryu before Bison does (boy that's confusing!). It's a non-stop action Anime from beginning to end.
Like I said before, I would take this any day over the Street Fighter live action. This one makes a much better attempt at staying true to the Street Fighter name and the action in this movie is amazing. Honestly, I could not pick out a best fight because there are a lot of them. I did have a dumbest fight and that was T-Hawk vs. Ken. I wasn't too fond of that fight and Blanka vs. Zangief could have been better.Read more ›
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Good Anime. No complaints. I like Street Fighter V better though. The graphics and storyline is great and would watch again.Published on March 14 2013 by Andrew Palmer
I think people should get the animated version of Street Fighter in both Japanese and English dubbed. Read morePublished on April 16 2011 by Kevin Barton
i really enjoyed this animated movie based on the video game of the
same name.i thought the animation was good,and i liked the
story. Read more
This movie is so awesome its one of hte greatest anime ive ever seen its like an adult movie and the story line is awesome also. Read morePublished on July 26 2005 by ,pauna
Unlike the live-action movie of street fighter with jean claude van damme this one had a better storyline and it sticked with the real main charcter "Ryu" rather then... Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Matthews
This animated version more than made up for that terrible live action version that was put out about a few years before this! The artwork and animation is incredible! Read morePublished on June 4 2004 by Ervin Griffin
I really dislike anime but this is an awesome movie. Great story plot they put together and the characters look awesome!Published on May 9 2004 by Michael Wisotzkey
I think that this movie is one of the best animated movies to have!! Thank god I ordered this movie and i will be getting it soon and I can't wait (...)!! Read morePublished on April 19 2004
All I have to say is that the scene where Chung Lee fights with that psycho Vega, is absolutely incredible! Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by Joe Fo
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