Film: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
"They spend the entire movie building up to Chun-Li's ability to throw fireballs. Protip: don't spend an entire Street Fighter movie preparing the characters for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
being Street Fighters."
— the second live-action film based on Capcom's long-running Street Fighter
video game series, but not a direct sequel to the first
— tells the story of Chun-Li Xiang (Kristin Kreuk), a ten-year-old piano/Wushu prodigy who has her young world shattered after the crimelord Bison
(with the help of his Scary Black Dragon
, Balrog) kidnaps her father and whisks him off to parts unknown. After the death of her mother seventeen years later, Chun-Li — now a concert pianist — receives a mysterious scroll that tells her to go to Bangkok
. Once there, she meets Gen, a former partner of Bison
and leader of the mysterious Order Of The Web; Gen offers to train Chun-Li in preparation for her inevitable showdown with Bison.
The film also has a subplot about Interpol agent Charlie Nash and Bangkok detective Maya Sunee, but they don't really matter until the end (and even then, they only serve as backup for Chun-Li). Continuing the truth that Video Game Movies Suck
, the film was panned remorselessly and was a commercial failure, even more of an embarrassment than the original Street Fighter movie
. At least that one didn't take itself too seriously
. This film does the exact opposite and suffers greatly for it.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li contains examples of the following tropes:
- But Not Too Foreign: Chun-Li and Maya being half-white, for a start.
- The exact ethnicity of M. Bison has never been clear but it's unlikely he's ever been Irish.
- Canon Foreigner: Cantana, Maya, Fen, and others.
- On Maya's case, it can be argued that she may or may not be Crimson Viper (since Maya is also Viper's real given name).
- Child Popstar: Chun-Li started as a pianist when she was young.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Bison is one. In fact, his master plan to convert a slum area in prime real estate into middle class housing probably wouldn't be too illegal if it weren't for his tactics.
- Disappeared Dad: Or, worse yet, "dragged off before her eyes".
- Dragon Lady: Cantana
- The Dragon: Balrog
- Expy: Maya Sunee is almost certainly a stand in for Crimson Viper. They are law enforcement agents that share a first name.
- Gonk: Vega, in stark contrast to the video games.
- Irony: Bison looking and acting similar to Geese Howard from the Fatal Fury series. Geese had once killed Terry's father and in turn was unintentionally killed by him, who then raises the boy Geese had abandoned. At the end of this movie Bison falls out of a building much like Geese, but only dies from Chun Li breaking his neck as his daughter watches. Chun Li then asks Nash to take care of her.
- In Name Only: The movie used only the names and basic plot.
- Ironic Echo: "Fathers always have a weakness for their daughters." said by Bison when he's curbstomping Chun Li and later thrown right back at him immediately after Chun Li kills him.
- Kamehame Hadoken : Chun-Li uses one to take Bison down.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Cantana
- Mating Dance: Chun Li uses one to draw Cantana into ladies room, in order to interrogate her.
- Monumental View: The movie starts looking out the window of Chun-Li's first house at a beautiful view of the Golden gate Bridge that would place the house somewhere in the Presidio, which has no homes in it.
- Neck Snap: Bison does this to Chun-Li's father, right in front of her.
- Death by Irony: She eventually returns the favor, right in front of his daughter.
- No Pronunciation Guide:
- When Gen talks about Ryu, he mispronounces his name as "Rai-yu". Yes, a movie released in friggin' 2009 is pronouncing Ryu as "Rai-yu".
- A little less common is Bison's "Shadowlau", right after the caption reading "Shadowloo Headquarters". And even then, both are wrong.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent:
- The Obi-Wan: Gen
- Oddly Small Organization: The Order Of The Web
- Outrun the Fireball
- Psycho for Hire: Vega
- Race Lift: Somehow, Chun-Li grows from an obviously Asian child to a 3/4 white Canadian pretending to be full Chinese. All in the span of the intro.
- Scary Black Man: Balrog
- Sequel Hook: At the end of the film, Gen shows Chun-Li a poster for a fighting tournament and mentions a Japanese fighter named "Ryu—something."
- Smug Snake: Bison
- The Corrupt Corporate Executive's Beautiful Daughter: Rose
- The Worf Effect: Gen's repeated curb-stompings at Bison's hands.
- Three-Point Landing: Used by Chun-Li multiple times.
- Villain Ball: Bison has a deathgrip on it.
- You Don't Look Like You:
- M. Bison: a blonde guy with a beard and a three-piece suit
- Chun-Li: half-white, skinny legs, wears her famous hair buns and blue outfit (or something loosely meant to represent them) for only a short time
- Gen: a guy in his fourties (at least they got the Asian part right)
- Rose: Late teens to early twenties, no Anime Hair, very naive, is no longer Bison's Good Counterpart.
- Charlie: They couldn't even be bothered to give him glasses, let alone blonde hair, an orange vest and green cargo pants.
- Vega: Unattractive, silver mask he wears because he's embarrassed about said unattractiveness, black hair, bulky black jumpsuit