While out shopping with my daughter, i picked up the latest Street Fighter film, Assassins Fist. I'd known about the films making for some time so i always kept an eye out for it in case i'd missed its release. I settled down to watch this the other night.
As a film it was never going to get the biggest budget so i wasn't expecting much in terms of production values. I was just hoping that any interpretation would remain faithful to the video games and would translate well enough for someone like me who plays the games.
Fighting games (for Street Fighter is a classic 2D beat em up) never have much story to begin with and what there is of it is generally absoloute twaddle so anyone who begins to make any kind of film has their work cut out for them. Fortunately, fighting games have the plus of being fiction and having characters with obvious videogame stereotypes to draw on. As a fan of games, i like to see a faithful interpretation of such cliched characters to give the flavour of the videogame.
I expected a generic one and a half hour film. What i got was a film of over two hours that i really thoroughly enjoyed.
I'm not sure how many Street Fighter fans there are on the forums so i don't want to spoil anything but i will say that if you're a fan of the games then you'll probably like this film too. Oh and Kens Video Diary on the bonus content is very funny.
Part way through the film i was remembering the various version of Street Fighter games on all the different systems and in the arcades (remember those?) too. In fact, i was all for breaking out my collection of games and consoles for some calssic 2D beat em up action such was the flavour of the games from the film.