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.
  • Doing It for the Art: Steven E. de Souza deferred his salary to pay for his cast.
  • 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.
  • In Memoriam: The closing title card reads: "FOR RAUL Vaya Con Dios".
  • 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 and 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 were 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: The film's many behind the scenes problems were documented here:
    • Initially, writer-director Stephen de Souza only wanted to feature seven fighters from the game (presumably Guile, Ryu, Chun-Li, Ken, M. Bison and a few others), arguing that having too many characters would make for a messy and disjointed story. The Capcom representatives initially agreed to this, but eventually began pressing him to include additional characters in order to help promote the brand. By the end, the script included nearly the entire cast of Super Street Fighter II, with only Fei Long being excluded. Having 15 fighters from the game not only unnecessarily divided the screentime, but also necessitated making odd changes to the characters in order to fit them into the story, such as Dhalsim becoming a Shadaloo scientist or E. Honda and Balrog being part of a news team with Chun-Li.
    • Due to the script having to be rewritten multiple times to accommodate the changes Capcom had dictated, the casting process was very rushed, with key roles like Ryu and Ken not being cast until just two weeks before filming was to begin. Additionally, Capcom pushed for Japanese actor Kenya Sawada to play Ryu, even though his English wasn't very good. de Souza wanted an actor with more comedic chops and a better grasp of the English language, so it was decided that the film would introduce a new character for Sawada to play, named Captain Sawada. This meant there was now yet another character who had to be written into the movie, and Sawada's poor English ultimately resulted in the character being dubbed. Things were so down to the wire that de Souza found Kylie Minogue, the actress who would play Cammy, while reading a magazine during his flight to Thailand to begin production on the movie.
    • Well-known actor Raul Julia was hired to play M. Bison, the film's lead villain, but when he arrived in Thailand, he was visibly frail and emaciated. It turned out that Julia had recently undergone surgery to combat stomach cancer, and the crew had not yet been informed of his condition. It was decided that Julia needed time to regain weight, so the filming schedule was hastily rearranged to have fight scenes (which didn't feature Bison) bumped forward.
    • The rescheduling angered Charlie Picerni, a veteran stunt coordinator who had previously worked on big films like Die Hard. He had taken the job on the condition that he be given enough time to properly plan everything, as capturing the high-flying martial arts moves of the game required extensive wirework and staging, as well as ample rehearsal time. With the schedule flipped, a lot of the fight scenes had to be improvised, sometimes moments before filming was about to begin. Additionally, many of the actors didn't have actual martial arts experience, which only exasperated things.
    • At the time, Jean-Claude Van Damme was still a major star, and brought a massive ego to the set. He was also addicted to cocaine at the time, and was reeling from a very bitter divorce. Because of this, he was frequently late to the set, and sometimes didn't show up at all, meaning de Souza and the others would have to make stuff up on the spot to stall for time. Van Damme's thick Belgian accent also caused problems when it came to delivering his lines, a situation that was compounded by the star's refusal to actually rehearse his dialogue.
    • While the jungles of Thailand made for some beautiful exterior shots, the soundstage the movie had rented was rundown and full of holes, making it unsuitable for filming. A series of minor catastrophes befell the production, including the line producer suffering a heart attack and the local power station having a blowout. Many of the actors also lost weight due to being unfamiliar with the local cuisine, as well as the extremely humid temperature. Some of the young male actors had also let their salaries go to their heads, and had begun frequenting Thai massage parlors in order to receive sexual favors. By the end of the Thailand shoot, the movie was 15 days behind schedule.
    • Though the movie was behind schedule, Capcom was adamant that the movie still be ready by its coveted December release date. The film had also struck a partnership with Hasbro, who needed the movie to be released on time so they could have the toys ready for Black Friday. The tight schedule led to things being very rushed, and the second unit team having to shoot entire scenes by themselves. Tensions also began to flare between de Souza and Picerni, as Picerni didn't want to incorporate the game's more outlandish combat elements, like the trademark Ki Attacks. Things eventually got so heated that Picerni threatened to leave the film. By the time filming finished in Australia, 20 pages of the script still needed to be filmed. At Capcom's request, de Souza also had to reshoot some of Picerni's fight scenes in Vancouver to make them look more like the fights in the game, complete with the fireballs and other special moves.
    • During the editing process, the film received an R-rating, which de Souza believes came from a then-recent school shooting that had made people sensitive to violence in children's movies. This resulted in many of the fight scenes being heavily trimmed down and reedited, which sometimes messed up the flow and even caused continuity issues. Despite Capcom's insistence, many of the special moves also ended up being cut due to the level of violence or there simply not being enough time to create the necessary special effects.
    • Though Street Fighter was a modest success (grossing nearly $100,000,000 on a $35 million budget), it was not the big hit the studio was hoping for, and was absolutely savaged by critics. Stephen de Souza never directed another theatrical film, and the careers of many of the actors involved stalled out as well.
  • 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, as well as why he's never seen again after that.
    • 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. Not coincidentally, many of the show's production staff (such as Will Meugniot, Jim Graziano, Roger Slifer, and Douglas Booth) worked on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
  • 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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