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STREET FIGHTER ASSASSIN’S FIST Review

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Street Fighter has a long and troubled past in the world of film. The Jean-Claude Van Damme fronted debacle of the 90’s was bad enough for the property to languish in live-action form for many years. Now the brave folks at Machinima, who brought us the amazing Mortal Kombat Legacy series, has released a 12-part web series entitled Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist. Does it make up for the embarrassment of previous Street Fighter films… absolutely.

(Watch the entire series below, my review continues after the video)

Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist focuses on the training and dynamic of Ryu (Mike Moh) and Ken (Christian Howard). Like everyone in the film, they are expertly cast, and are perfect in the execution of their roles. It goes beyond both of them being incredible martial artists. The film makers have gone out of their way to not only showcase the signature moves like the Hadouken, Shoryuken, and Tatsumaki. Ryu and Ken use their signature throws, combos, and even that weird/awesome double punch thing you go when you hit forward and strong punch in Street Fighter 2. When you are watching it you cannot help but be giddy at the attention to detail.

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This loving interpretation is the brain child of Director/Co-Writer Joey Ansah, who also plays Akuma, the closest thing to a true villain the story has to offer. Howard also co-wrote the film in addition to playing Ken. The duo spent the last four years trying to bring Street Fighter back to prominence, and it’s because of the reverence that they hold for the property that makes the film so great.

The duo decided to not only focus on the Ryu/Ken storyline, but they intercut the story of the pair’s master Goken’s (Akira Koieyama) training. Goken trained alongside his brother Goki (Gaki Space) before Goki was turned away by their master, which led to his fall and eventual rise as Akuma years later. The back story is entertaining and well flushed out, but fans of the series will likely enjoy the Ryu/Ken story more.

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The story of these fighters is interesting in that it hasn’t been as fleshed out as the traditional “World Warrior” plot. Because of this, you get a lot of familiar story that is full of details you weren’t aware of. The film makers basically condense eight games worth of confusing backstory into a cohesive story. Ansah also put in plenty of nods to other characters who will hopefully show up in later seasons.

As far as complaints go, I have two minor ones. The first is that the majority of the film is in Japanese. While I understand the film takes place in Japan, I’m just one of those lazy Americans who dislikes reading his films. The dialog comes in easy to digest chucks though so it’s easy enough to follow along. My other gripe has to do with the series’ ending. I will not spoil it for you, as I feel strongly that you should watch the series, but I was left underwhelmed by the series climax due to the epic fighting seen previously. Just remember, it’s the journey not the destination that matters.

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The series is meant to leave you wanting more, and it does that job splendidly. Ansah has stated that he would love to continue the franchise into the more traditional territory if given the opportunity and budget. He also stated that he had been living Street Fighter non-stop for 4 years and needs a palette cleanser before jumping into another multi-year commitment with Ryu and the gang.

Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist offers incredible fan service to die hard and casual Street Fighter fans alike. Their attention to detail is top notch and the action is fast and frenetic. This is truly a love letter to anyone who spent hours dumping quarters into an arcade machine.

sfaf_ken_masters_-¬afl13_og2a6920Snackbar’s Grade: A

Pros – Amazing cast, great action, tremendous fan service

Cons – A large portion of the film is subtitled, the ending is slightly underwhelming

Let me know what you thought of the film in the comment section below.

Check out our coverage of the film’s premiere below, where we chatted with the cast and crew.

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    • Marcus

      I loved this series. Much better than the Mortal Kombat one.

    • Akuma

      Great interview with the cast. I would agree with the review except I actually found the Kouken/Goki/Akuma plot equally interesting.

      • Snackbar

        I liked the Goki stuff, but am a Ryu guy at heart. Glad you liked out interview.

    • Xander

      This wasn’t even on my radar, but I watched it based on your review. You made my Saturday morning. Thank you very much!!!

      • Snackbar

        That’s great! Glad I could help ease you into your long weekend.

    • Machinima Mike

      I loved this show too. Glad you shared my enthusiasm. Ken is the BEST!!!

    • Eric

      “Hadouken, Shoryuken, and Tatsumaki” Never seen them written out. 🙂

      Great series!

    • Silly

      I used to say the most ridiculous stuff when I did the special moves. The spinning kick was Ferrari Testarosa!!

    • Dan

      Holy balls that was cool. Thanks for recommending it.

    • Hadouken Harry

      Just watched it. It was a tiny bit long, but overall I would say B+. I agree that it is a love letter to Gamers everywhere!!

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