The film is notable for the late Raúl Juliá's portrayal of M. Bison, which would be his last major role. He took the job knowing he was terminally ill with stomach cancer and let his children pick out which movie would be his last, and apparently wanted to go out on a loud note for his final performance.
Aspects of the movie were expanded on in the cartoon Street Fighter, which came out shortly after the film. A video game adaptation of the movie was also released, Street Fighter: The Movie, as were a junior novelization and DC comic book adaptation that included some deleted scenes and an expanded storyline for Ryu and Ken. Fifteen years would pass before another live-action Street Fighter film would be made, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
When Col. Guile and Chun-Li catch wind of Bison's plot, they seek to assist Ryu any way they can. The 68-minute movie is directed by Joe Whiteaker and functions more like an animated comic adaptation than a dynamic feature film. Fans of the film are quick to note the superb artwork as one of the main reasons for its appeal.
Critics, gamers, and moviegoers alike agree that Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie is among the best cartoon adaptations of the Capcom title. Released ahead of the 1994 live-action feature film, the story concerns M Bison's attempt to locate the best fighter in the world.
I mention in my review for \"Return of the Streetfighter\" that the first rule of movie making is if something works you beat it to death. The first streetfighter movie worked so they produced a second to beat the concept to death. So what about going for a third beating Most reviewers feel this movie is a disappointment and the worst of the three movies. What went wrongThe movie starts with a good action sequence. Sonny gets a job to extract a man from a police shoot out. He then brings him and a mahjong case to get his payment but he is double-crossed. He next fights Etsuko Shihomi. Despite a strong start, after that the problems appear. The character with the sombrero is just dumb. There should have been more fights than the previous movie but instead there were fewer. There was no memorable fight sequence. Instead, the fights all looked alike. Basically, the entire movie seemed like minimal effort in every aspect.At the same time there was a spin off series, the sister street fighter movies. That's another review!
The Street Fighter's Last Revenge is the third and last installment in the series around vicious hitman and karate fighter Tsurugi Takuma. This movie is also the best in the series and one would have liked to see more films in the franchise. This last film combines the strengths of the great first movie such as diversified settings, vicious fight scenes and interesting characters and adds an interesting plot with numerous twists and turns until the very end. In order to fully appreciate this film, you should watch the Japanese version because the American version has cut some fight scenes and changed parts of the plot for no reason whatsoever.The story revolves around a Yakuza clan associated with a ruthless company that blackmails and bribes politicians. Tsurugi Takuma steals an important tape that proves this scheme and blackmails the Yakuza clan himself. The main character needs to fight an overtly motivated Taiwanese fighter who quickly changes sides to support him, a determined prosecutor who initially wants to expose the criminals but then decides to betray them and get rich and a seductive woman associated to the Yakuza who tries to murder the main character and the prosecutor on numerous occasions.The fight scenes are even more interesting than in the previous installments because Tsurugi Takuma faces an opponent who is even stronger than him and needs to learn about his background and fight techniques to clear his mind and win the deadly final duel. The characters are even more interesting than in the two predecessors and especially the diversified prosecutor and the deadly femme fatale are particularly intriguing and make the viewers care about their fates. The settings are diversified as the fights take place on a fairground, in a crematorium and at a marina on a particularly rainy night. The story offers numerous at times surprising twists and turns that keep viewers on the edge of their seats until the very end.The Street Fighter's Last Revenge is among the very best contemporary martial arts films ever made and a very positive surprise after the lackluster second installment in the series. This movie deserves more attention and recognition. Even if you haven't watched the first two films in the series, you should watch this one if you are a genre fan. It's regrettable that the series didn't continue but one has to admit that it ended on a very high note.
Playing down the ultra-violence that made the first two STREET FIGHTER films so memorable, this third and final addition to the movie trilogy is still entertaining for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's less serious than the previous two entries, and less concerned with gritty realism. Instead the film-makers decide to let the audience have a darned good time by upping the camp value and making the film work on a number of levels. Secondly, the film is chock-full of martial arts action which, whilst nowhere near the violence level of previous adventures, still packs a lethal punch in its depiction of Sonny Chiba going about his business of crushing the bad guys to death.The plot is basically a piece of fluff, something about a couple of video tapes which keep falling into the wrong hands. There are loads of double-crosses, traps, and endless nudity from main starlet \"Cathy\". The action scenes are dynamic and in full force. Only the vestiges of the brutal street art remain in Chiba's battles; instead he seems more graceful, intent on sweeping his enemies before him with long kicks and amazing sweeps. Thus the battles are exciting, brutal, and fast-paced and never disappoint the viewer. Full points for inclusion of the bizarre Mexican character who attacks with a laser (!) and who gets cremated for his efforts to kill Chiba! The Chiba-man is on top form despite some very poor dubbing in the US and the supporting cast adequately fill their roles. It's just a shame that the dubbing means that everybody sounds the same, making many of the double-crosses and twists rather confusing to a western audience. Still the film is primarily a piece of spectacle that concentrates on offering non-stop action and this it does with finesse. Chiba has transformed from a hard-bitten mercenary to an almost top-secret super spy, who uses endless rubber masks to outwit his opponents and who has a secret lair with sliding doors and the like. Despite the differences, the cheesy flashback to the death of Chiba's father is present one final time, and the finger-snapping popular score from the first film is back once more, slightly different but definitely put into overdrive this time. Action fans should seek this one out immediately as a great deal of fun. Chiba's last appearance as Tsurugi was in SISTER STREET FIGHTER, a spin-off movie.
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This cheesy movie is based on a video game and is often unintentionally hilarious. A totally wooden cast battle heroically with absurd dialogue to often amusing effect. The budget here has been totally blown on the scenery, special effects, and costumes (which admittedly look very nice, especially the natty blue soldier uniforms which Van Damme and his cohorts wear), so it 's all very colourful and visually stimulating. Unfortunately those expecting a serious film will be extremely disappointed as this movie is aimed squarely at children, never for once engaging the brain. The loose plot simply has loads of different characters moving from one situation to another and fighting a lot of the time. Sounds confusing It is. We're talking bombastic here, not subtle.I actually like Van Damme's performance in this film. It's obvious that it's supposed to be a light, fluffy film yet he never once breaks into a grin, instead being commendably straight-faced. The only thing I didn't like was his red hair! Here he gets lots of tacky one-liners which even Schwarzenegger would refuse to speak, and they're often funny because they're so cheesy (\"Only somebody out of their mind could attack Bison's island by boat.\" \"That's good, because General Bison has driven me insane\").There are a few familiar (and sometimes out-of-place) faces in an otherwise unfamiliar cast (picked solely for their physiques more than anything else, it seems, especially the lame Bruce Lee wannabe and the Marc Singer-lookalike who play Ken and Ryu). Raul Julia has a ball playing the evil dictator, and it was the actor's last film, as you can tell by the star's gaunt, pale appearance. The film is actually dedicated to him as well. A lot of people have commented on what a bad film it was to bow out on, but as I said, Julia looks like he's having fun in his over the top, overtly villainous role so kudos to him. Simon Callow pops up as a stuffy official for no particular reason and Kylie Minogue's role is still a mystery: her acting abilities are non existent, she has about two expressions and thankfully she's hardly in it.The action when it comes is supremely stylised and over the top, as you would expect. Characters battle it out for ages and do all sorts of quick, physically-impossible moves. The film loses some credibility when introducing the Blanka character - in the computer game a fearsome green monster, in the film a laughably poor and shoddy rubber suit which looks worse than the Incredible Hulk did. They do make up for things by having a hilarious ending battle between Van Damme