Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

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This Japanese animation is an adaptation of the same video game that was also the basis for Street Fighter, a 1994 live-action film that featured Jean-Claude Van Damme. The animated version is more faithful to the story of the video game; ironically, its characters and story are much more realistic than those in the American film. The popular video characters, Guile, Chun Li, Ken, and Ryu, are pitted against M. Bison and the game's villain characters. Although few adult viewers would be really interested in this offering, a highly recognizable and marketable name has blessed Street Fighter II with better-than-average animation and production quality. ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

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Audience Reviews for Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

  • Jun 18, 2011
    Loved it, How the live action film should of been made, Very loyal to the video games.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2010
    Game movies tend to fall flat. This one in particular was interesting if you are at least moderately familiar with the characters; some people don't care for Japanese anime, in which case this film won't change their minds. But I felt the the Vega/Chun-Li scene and the Ryu/Ken flashback sequences were the most dynamic and entertaining portions of the film.
    Gregory D Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2010
    Street Fighter II kickstarted the fighting game boom in the early 90s, and of course, because of its monumental success, filmmakers started to see potential in the franchise. In 1994, the popular fighting game was adapted into two movies, one live-action, and the other animated. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie is quite possibly the best representation of the video game thus far, and it surpasses the live-action movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme in every aspect. The plot focuses on the Martial Artists named Ryu and Ken, both of whom trained under the same master, and have parted ways to find their own big challenges around the world. Unbeknownst to them, they are being tracked down by the psychopathic dictator known as M. Bison, who leads a terrorist organization known as Shadowlaw, Bison's main goal is to kidnap the best fighters in the world, and brainwash them into killing machines so that he'll be able to have world domination. Meanwhile, Interpol agent Chun-Li teams up with U.S. Air Force captain Guile to warn fighters from around the world about Bison's plan, and take down Shadowlaw once and for all. Even though the film is based on Street Fighter II, it would later go on to influence the Street Fighter Alpha games, and several elements from this movie were incorporated, such as how Ryu got the red headband, Ken's longer hair as seen in the flashbacks with Ryu and Ken training, Bison's more muscular build, and even some story elements including the climax of the film. The makers of the film had a pretty tight schedule, from what I've heard, yet, it looked like they took their time and effort to make this movie work extremely well. The animation looks very sleek, and unlike the live-action movie, it offers the nonstop fighting that any fighting game fan would crave for. The fight scenes themselves are extremely well done, and have a more realistic feel to them in contrast to the superpower-based fight scenes as seen in animes like Dragon Ball Z (even though that's great too), most of this is thanks to fights being staged by K-1 founder Kazuyoshi Ishii and professional fighter Andy Hug with the use of rotoscoping blended with the animation. My favorite fight scenes in the film include Ryu vs. Fei Long, Chun-Li vs. Vega, and the final battle with Ryu and Ken vs. M. Bison. Unlike the campier live-action version, the film is much more darker in tone, and contains more violence, swearing and even nudity with a shower scene involving Chun-Li. When it was released in the U.S. On VHS around the mid-90s, there were two versions; one was a censored PG-13 version, and the other was an unrated version, which contained all of the aforementioned nudity and profanity. All of the characters from Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers are present in the film, and even though some of them don't get enough screen time, the characterizations are generally good and accurate to their video game counterparts (Ryu being stoic and determined, Ken being brash and cocky, Chun-Li being dedicated to her work, yet having a sense of playfulness, etc.). The voice acting is also pretty solid, and suit the characters well. The soundtracks in both the English and Japanese dubs are vastly different from each other, though I prefer the English version's soundtrack, not just because that was what I grew up with, but also, it has a more adult edge, unlike the Japanese soundtrack, which has a rather cheesy typical anime feel to it. The English soundtrack also contains songs from a lot of Grunge and Industrial bands like Korn, Silverchair, and KMFDM. The score in the English version, composed by Cory Lerios and John D'andrea of Baywatch fame, hasn't had an official soundtrack release here in the States (despite the fact that you can listen to it on YouTube), which is mind-boggling because the score itself is amazing. All in all, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie is a must-see for all Street Fighter and fighting game fans, especially after watching the laughably bad Jean-Claude Van Damme Street Fighter movie, anime fans who aren't too familiar with the games may have more of a mixed reaction, but with the amount of effort put into it, it's rather hard to dislike this film, at least to me, consider this my 2nd favorite adaptation of a video game. PROS: Nicely paced plot, an extremely faithful representation of the video game, accurate characterizations, appropriate voice casting, amazing fight sequences, slick animation, badass soundtrack in the English version CONS: hardly anything, really MIXED: some characters don't get too much screen time, but the major characters (Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Guile) get their time to shine, which I'm fine with.
    Gabbo E Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2010
    This is the first Street Fighter Movie i've seen and it was a very pleasent suprise. I saw it on the scifi channel when i was about eight years old bed enslaved by chicken pox. I thought the movie was great and captured what i loved so much about the game. the flashy japanese animation was way better than the animation quality of cartoons in my era. even in this era. so i thought it was fantastic. the Story is a little silly. classic bad guy destroys peoples lives and want to take over the world classic good guys either seeking revenge or stopping him. same ol same ol... but theres nothing wrong with that. if its not broke don't fix it.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer

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