Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Legend of Chun-Li: Zzzz....

Another remake. It's gonna be either a hit or miss. Well I thought it's a miss.

First of all, the main character itself is a disappointment. I’m sure many will disagree with me that Kristin Kreuk is a bad choice for Chun-Li, ‘coz well, she’s hot and guys get hard-ons when she kicks ass. I have nothing against her, but it’s just that Chun-Li is supposed to be Chinese and a Chinese she should be. I was expecting someone like Zhang Zi Yi, or even any Chinese D-listers; but hey, whatever keeps the guys to go and watch the movie. Mayja disappointment.

Secondly, Chris Klein as Charlie Nash. I’m not really familiar with this character, or how he should be, but Chris Klein is just trying to hard. It’s just so painful to see him act (and his receding hairline). Such a far cry from his American Pie days.

Thirdly, I find the Catana character hilarious, ‘coz she’s a dyke who just wanted to get some quickie pussy from Chun-Li but ended up got her ass kicked. Novel.

Fourthly, Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas is Vega. A Mexican-American (or was he half Filipino?)playing a Spanish dude. Why? Acting a guy in a mask 98% of the time in a movie - a good start to kick off your acting career.

Fifthly, I don’t think it was a good idea to pick a guy from Desperate Housewives who plays a villain to play another villain in another movie. ‘Coz when I watch the movie, all I can think of is Edie’s boyfriend as M. Bison and when I when I watch Desperate Housewives, I see M. Bison. Wonder what evil plans he has to take over Wisteria Lane.

Lastly, I just thought the movie was a snore. The action scenes were just aight. I'm just glad to see Chun-Li's signature move. There’s a hint of a sequel, with Ryu in it, so you’d better just borrow that movie sequel from a friend, if you badly want to watch it. Don’t download it yourself, let your friend do the downloading ‘coz it might not be worth at all.
The only character worth being played is probably Balrog by Michael Clarke Duncan. He’s just so cool.

However, watching the movie makes me wanna dig up the old console and play Street Fighter. And for old time sake, I wikied them and took a stroll down memory lane:

In a past life, he was an assassin who gives up his life of murder to repay for his sins. It is during this time that he trains a young Chun-Li.

Chun-Li (China):
She seeks to avenge her father, who was murdered while investigating Bison's crime syndicate, Shadaloo. Acquired the nick name “First Lady of Fighting Games”.

Balrog (US):
Balrog is portrayed as one of Bison's three top men. Was initially named Mike Bison to emulate Mike Tyson, but was changed to avoid infringement.

M.Bison (Thailand):
A would-be world dictator, Bison's ambition is to control the world's governments through his covert crime syndicate, Shadaloo.

Vega (Spain):
Vega witnessed his mother's murder at the hands of his own father, who felt that she did not respect him, and Vega killed him out of vengeance. He works for Shadowlaw under Bison, and is sent to New York to kill Chun-Li, but is ultimately defeated and knocked into an alleyway.

Charlie (US):
Charlie is a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force and is given the duty to track down Bison and uncover corruption within the American military.

Rose (Italy):
Rose came into being at an unspecified point in the past, the result of M. Bison's attempts to master the evil energy known as Psycho Power. In order to hone his telekinesis, Bison chose to discard what he viewed as the 'weak' parts of his soul. These fragments later reformed into a newborn baby named Rose, who holds the embodiment of Bison's 'good' half.

Ryu (Japan):
Best friend, rival and sparring partner to Ken. Ryu is sought by Bison, who seeks to use Ryu as his next host body. With the help of Sagat and Sakura, Ryu is able to defeat Bison.

Ken (US):
Ken is described as a former sparring partner, rival and best friend of Ryu.
In Street Fighter II, Ken is invited to participate in the World Warrior tournament by Ryu, with Ken having already moved away from Japan to live in America. In Ken's ending, he ends up marrying his girlfriend Eliza, who is Guile's sister-in-law.

Blanka (Brazil):
Blanka was once known as Jimmy, before he was in a plane crash as a little boy. This crash caused him to grow up in the wild, although he has connections to a local village. Blanka faces Zangief as his second mid-boss and unwittingly prevents Zangief from helping to destroy the Shadaloo criminal organization.

Sagat (Thailand):
One of M. Bison’s Four Devas, but his only aim of joining M. Bison is to seek revenge towards Ryu who had scarred his chest.

E. Honda (Japan):
Edmond Honda investigaties the Shadaloo organization in response to sumo wrestlers taking drugs, and learning of their involvement after capturing some of the dealers.

Guile (US):
William Franklin Guile - A Major in the United States Air Force, he leaves his country and family to enter the World Warrior tournament and avenge his friend Charlie's death, who was killed by Bison, the tournament's sponsor sometime before the events of the game. In addition to tracking down him, he tracks down Shadaloo to avenge Charlie.

Dhalsim (India):
Dhalsim is characterized as a pacifist who goes against his beliefs by entering the World Warrior tournament to raise money for his village. Dhalsim attempts to hunt down an "evil spirit" (M. Bison) threatening the world.

Zangief (Russia):
A former professional wrestler who participated in the tournament to represent his country under the request of the Soviet President, an unnamed character resembling Mikhail Gorbachev (the actual real life Soviet President at the time).

*Sigh*...It's so good to be born in the 80's. But the 21st century just likes to fuck the classics up.

**Please correct me if I get any of the facts of wrong.


chegu carol said...

i gave it a missed after watching the trailer.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

yeah, i should've done that too...

Rudy said...

new Iron Man is coming to the screen. I suggest you to watch the DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION. Have fun ! :D

Atie Kamil said...

wow..nvr thought u are into this kind of thing

Amanda Christine Wong said...

when being the only girl in the family and growing up with a brother...

kei-1 said...

holy, I didn't expect to see a Street Fighter post in here.

I didn't go and see the movie at all, the very instant I see who's acting as chun-li, the whole idea of going to watch died off in an instant. No living female can take the role of our lovely resident-kicking Interpol cop. Its all about the legs (pun intended)

this movie is just trying to scrap extra money from the release of street fighter 4 in the PS3 which is released in the same month after all. so, bleh.