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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)



Critic Consensus: The combination of a shallow plot and miscast performers renders Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li a perfectly forgettable video game adaptation.

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As the *Street Fighter saga celebrates its 20th anniversary, fight fans are invited to follow along with fearsome fighter Chun-Li (Smallville's Kristin Kreuk) as she faces off against a series of formidable opponents in this feature adaptation of the popular video-game franchise directed by Exit Wounds' Andrzej Bartkowiak. Previously adapted for the screen in the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme film, the series continues to thrive as eager gamers across the globe go toe-to-toe to determine who is the most skilled and powerful warrior in the video-game universe. Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein, Rick Yune, and Neal McDonough co-star in the 20th Century Fox production.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of violence and martial arts action, and some sensuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Justin Marks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 2009
Box Office: $8.6M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Chris Klein
as Charlie
Moon Bloodgood
as Det. Maya Sunee
Josie Ho
as Cantana
as Vega
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Critic Reviews for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (12)

This painful background tale of the schoolgirl master of the really slow fireball attack almost makes one yearn for the days of Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Proving that there's no statute of limitations on lousy ideas, director Andrzej Bartkowiak's attempted franchise expansion returns to the Capcom motherlode that produced the worst movie in the entire Jean-Claude Van Damme filmography.

Full Review… | March 5, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

A long slog with little payoff.

Full Review… | March 5, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Neither the best nor the worst of movies derived from videogames, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li at least gives action fans plenty to ogle besides the titular heroine (Kristin Kreuk).

Full Review… | March 2, 2009
Top Critic

I'd say this is roughly 20 times better than the first Street Fighter movie. It's still a waste of time, but unlike the game, it's over in 95 minutes.

Full Review… | March 2, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Trades in vital game info to squeeze in as much acrobatics and fighting sequences as possible. Bartkowiak shouldn't have taken the first part of the title so literally.

Full Review… | August 14, 2010

Audience Reviews for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

I gave it two stars because the girls looked good. One star for each otherwise. I just laughed my way thru this one!!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Is it against the law to make a good SF movie? I'm beginning to think so. I couldn't even bring myself to finish this.

vieras esine

Super Reviewer


Some fight for power. Some fight for us.

Disappointing movie but not too bad either. On the whole, the movie doesn't quite work. It has some good ideas and an interesting story, but it really doesn't handle them properly. For every strong moment the film has, there is a weak one to bring things down again, and of course there's an open ending, though if they actually make a sequel to this I'll be amazed. I likely won't be the first in line to see it, though. I probably won't see the movie again, either... well, not in the theater, anyway. If you like solid electronic dances tunes, the soundtrack may be worth your while. The movie, on the other hand, won't really entertain general audiences, and I imagine fans of the games will be pretty divided on it.

Chun-Li lives a calm life with her father, when one day, the local mobster Bison kidnaps her father. After her mother's death, she embarks into a quest to rescue her kidnapped father from the clutches of powerful criminal lord Bison.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Quotes

Bison: One thing I learned in the slums, when the people are hungry, they'll do anything.
– Submitted by Benjamin L (4 years ago)

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