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YMMV / Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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  • Dork Age: There are many series that can benefit from going for a more realistic/Darker and Edgier approach. Street Fighter is not one of them.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Balrog. See Ham and Cheese below as to why.
  • Fight Scene Failure: If you want a taste of what to expect (which is a lot), watch this.
  • Ham and Cheese: Michael Clarke Duncan as the gleefully evil Balrog. It's been said that, as a longtime fan of the games (with him stating Balrog to be his favourite character, even), even he thought the script was ridiculous and decided he might as well just have fun with it; keeping as close to the game incarnation as he could in stark contrast to the In Name Only approach that everyone else took.
    • Chris Klein is a close second on the heroic side.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Complaints about Bison having blonde hair suddenly became this as of Street Fighter V, where Bison's announcement came with him sporting a head of bleached blonde hair. (Well, close. He's actually graying from age.)
    • 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. Terry then raised the boy Geese had abandoned. At the end of this movie Bison falls out of a building much like Geese, but only dies once Chun Li breaks his neck and she consciously does so as his daughter watches. Chun Li then asks Nash to take care of her.
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    • Robin Shou is well known for playing Liu Kang in the Mortal Kombat movie where he sought revenge against the main villain for killing his brother. Here he plays a mentor role to a character who also seeks revenge against the villain for killing a family member. Shou's involvement in the film as a whole is rather funny given the Fandom Rivalry between Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Even before he killed Chun-Li's father, Bison intentionally crossed it when he killed his pregnant wife by giving her a bare-handed C-section to rid himself of his conscience.
  • Narm: The movie as a whole has its moments, but one particular example can be found in Chun-Li's soliloquizing about "losing herself in the crowd" of Hong Kong... while wearing gaudy go-go boots that hadn't been in casual style in... ever. Not to mention the Race Lift making her about a head taller and five shades paler than every other woman we see.
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  • Nightmare Fuel: The backstory of how Bison rid himself of his conscience.
  • Sequelitis: Even to a film that's already considered So Bad, It's Good. Though this really isn't so much a sequel then an attempted reboot... that failed.
  • Special Effects Failure: The effects on the movie, sparse as they are, are just bad, just slightly above Asylum level. The blatant stand outs being the energy ball Gen and Chun-Li use.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Everyone but Michael Clarke Duncan and Chris Klein, it seems.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: The entire subplot regarding Charlie Nash and Maya is almost completely unnecessary, doing very little to actually build on Chun-Li's plot until they just happen to collide by the climax.
  • Video Game Movies Suck: The film is ironically distinctive in this regard by the fact that conceptually, it seems much of the film was trying to break from the stigma by being more dramatic than its predecessors. Unfortunately, not only did this attempt at gaining prestige fail to pan out, it also lacks any sort of camp value to make it noteworthy in its badness.
  • Villain Decay:
    • Vega is supposed to be the world's greatest assassin. But once he actually gets to fighting Chun-Li, the fight lasts exactly one minute from opening blow to closing taunt.
    • Two mooks dealing with an enraged Chun-Li minutes later last almost half as long.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Seriously, Taboo as Vega?
    • Also, Kristin Kreuk as Chun-Li and Neal McDonough as M. Bison. Kreuk is at least somewhat understandable, considering her popularity at the time from Smallville.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: A blond M. Bison in a three-piece suit. Um, guys? You do know Geese Howard is a different character, right? note 


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