Trivia / Street Fighter

The series in general

Street Fighter: The Movie

  • Awesome, Dear Boy:
    • Raul Julia's reason for making this film was because his kids thought it would be cool, so he did it for them.
    • Damian Chapa only did the film because he wanted to work with Raul Julia, and his son was a fan of the games.
  • California Doubling: During the assault scenes on Bison's fortress, the Gold Coast hinterlands of Queensland, Australia fill in for South East Asia. The copious number of gumtrees make it rather obvious.
  • Creator Killer: This was the first and last theatrical film Steven de Souza ever directed. It was also one of the last big budget blockbusters he ever wrote, after his previous successes with films like Die Hard, Commando and The Running Man.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The director only wanted to use seven characters from Street Fighter II in order to ensure a tighter, more coherent script. Capcom instead forced him to include nearly everyone from the game, despite it needlessly complicating the story.
    • Hasbro handled the movie's toy line, and would make demands about vehicles and weapons to make sure they matched the action figures.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Julia wanted the money for the role so he'd be able to make sure his two sons were taken care of.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Had not one, but two video games based on it, both titled Street Fighter: The Movie, one for the arcades and the other for home consoles. Despite having the same title, they're not ports of each other.
  • Romance on the Set: Jean-Claude Van Damme claims that he and Kylie Minogue had an affair while the former was married.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Julia knew that he was about to make his last film, because he was dying of cancer, so he let his kids choose his last role.
  • Star-Derailing Role:
    • Street Fighter became a minor case of this for Jean-Claude Van Damme; he was relegated to the B-list of martial arts superstars for 15 years until his self-titled movie, but kept a large following.
    • Chage & Aska, a very popular Japanese music duo at the time, tried to enter the American market by releasing both a song and a music video for the film. It failed to chart, and they never tried again. The duo remained somewhat popular in Japan until they went on hiatus in 2009. They came back in 2013, but Aska and his girlfriend was arrested for drug possession in 2014 and it is unknown if the duo will continue.note 
    • Kenya Sawada, who played Captain Sawada in the film, was a promising up-and-coming Japanese actor who was also in the process of becoming Capcom's "live action" mascot. Capcom's experiment didn't pan out and he never had a role in Hollywood ever again, although he did manage to have a career in Japan.
    • Kylie Minogue never starred in a Hollywood film again. She decided to focus on her musical career instead.
    • Ming-Na Wen never appeared as a lead in a live-action movie again, though she later found success as a TV and voice actress.
    • Gregg Rainwater's (T. Hawk) acting career imploded after one more starring role in 1997. He's now a voice actor and was an art director for America's Got Talent for three seasons.
    • Damian Chapa didn't get another role in a Hollywood for three years after the film was released. His career never properly recovered, and became a producer and director instead. He mostly stars in his own films.
    • Street Fighter was Jay Tavare's (Vega) first role. He was relegated to doing mostly voice acting and having bit parts in Hollywood after it, although he has continued to get cast in big productions.
    • Like Ming-Na, Byron Mann (Ryu) basically had his film career derailed, but continues to work in TV.
    • Just barely avoided by Wes Studi (Sagat), who was a well-established dramatic actor long before Street Fighter.
  • Throw It In:
    • Julia ad-libbed Bison's "I guess you didn't SEE that, did you?!" line.
    • A lot of the fight scenes were improvised due to the shooting schedule being completely flipped around.note 
  • Troubled Production: This was Stephen de Souza's first time directing a film. Executive Meddling from Capcom, Julia's health and Van Damme's inflated ego and drug addiction put the movie over budget and behind schedule. Polygon went into more detail.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Early drafts of the script focused on Ryu and Ken as the main characters. However, when Van Damme signed on to appear in the film, he insisted on being Guile and making him the central character. So the script was rewritten.
    • The production team had originally made Guile and most of the "good" characters UN peacekeepers. But due to visits from representatives of the UN, they changed it to AN or Allied Nations.
    • The movie was originally only going to feature seven characters from the game, as the director argued that including the entire cast would make for a messy, disjointed story. Capcom initially agreed, but later persuaded the director to include nearly the entire roster of Street Fighter II.
    • Damian Chapa initially turned down the role of Ken, as he wanted to do more serious, dramatic roles. His son helped convince him take the part.
    • Capcom wanted Japanese actor Kenya Sawada to play Ryu, but the director wanted someone with better English skills and more comedic talent. The role of Captain Sawada was created for Kenya as a compromise.
    • Vega was supposed to die after being impaled on his own claws. The scene was heavily re-edited after the MPAA threatened the movie with an R-rating, which is why in the finished film, Vega is knocked to the ground by Ryu in an awkward cut and then just lays there.
    • In 2003, the movie was slated to finally have a sequel. Van Damme and Damien Chapa were to return as Guile and Ken, respectively, Holly Valance was to take over for Kylie Minogue as Cammy, Byron Mann was in talks to return as Ryu and Dolph Lundgren was supposed to appear in an unspecified role. However, once the rights to the franchise left Universal and went to Fox, the sequel was scrapped and turned into a reboot called Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, which was far less received than this cult classic. In the sequel, it would have been revealed that Blanka and Dhalsim survived and the chemicals that made Dhalsim bald also gave him his stretching powers.
    • The producers originally wanted Fabio to play Vega.

Street Fighter: The Animated Series

  • Actor Allusion: Akuma, voiced by David Kaye in "The World's Greatest Warrior", drops a dramatic "Yeeesss..."
  • Dueling Works: With Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, which came out a year prior in Japan but saw a U.S. release around the same time as the cartoon series. As a result, many fans have compared and contrasted famous moments from the series in both versions. Most notably, the epic Ryu vs. Sagat fight that starts The Animated Movie is far less dramatic and more abrupt in the series, with Ryu merely giving a quick uppercut to Sagat that somehow leaves a scar but doesn't shed any blood.
  • Follow the Leader: The premise resembles G.I. Joe more than it does Street Fighter since Will Meugniot and Jim Graziano both worked on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Initially released on DVD by ADV Films on two DVD sets, "Code of Honor" and "Soul Powers". Both releases went out of print when ADV Films went under. Fortunately, the show has since been rescued by Discotek Media for a DVD re-release. Before that, those who purchased Street Fighter 25th Anniversary - Collector's Set were treated to a Blu-ray Disc that contained the entire series.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: The Discotek re-release has an amusing back cover, with screenshots of Bison saying "YES! YES!", the infamous shrinking Dee Jay, and Guile shouting "BISON!" while flames shoot up behind him. You can tell the Discotek crew knew about the show's meme-filled nature and took advantage of it.
  • The Other Darrin: In "Strange Bedfellows" and "The World's Greatest Warrior", Akuma was voiced by David Kaye. However, in the former, Dale Wilson provided his voice in the scene where Guile and Bison are in his cave.
  • Role Reprisal: The Colombian Spanish dub shares the same voice cast with the dub of Street Fighter II V, due to the fact both series were sold to Latin American broadcasters as a part of the same package and were broadcasted one after the end of the another.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Ken, Blanka, and Rolento are all voiced by Scott McNeil, while Balrog, E. Honda, Dee Jay, T. Hawk, and Fei Long are all voiced by Paul Dobson.
    • It is very common to notice when a random mook or innocent bystander is voiced by one of the main characters' voice actors. Humorously enough, this actually gets subverted in one episode, where Burke (voiced by Gary Chalk) is spoken to by a random person that was also voiced by Chalk, but Rory (voiced by Scott McNeil) is the one that replies to the man, even interrupting Burke before he even uttered a single word to the other person.
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