We were very excited to attend the full screening of Street Fighter Assassin’s Fist in London last night.
Director, Joey Ansah (who also plays the incredibly imposing character Akuma) gave a short dedicatory speech to the team in attendance who made it all possible and then the film promptly began. It was also fitting that Christian Howard (playing Ken) sat next to me through the whole picture – and he was generous in answering our questions, there and then, about particular scenes.
Kicking off, mention must be made of the impressive, beautiful vivid imagery, cinematography and sonic brilliance which really puts you in the heart of this epic adaptation.
While Street Fighter fans may be wondering which areas are given emphasis, rest assured you’ll be treated to an in depth storyline, as Master Gouken (played by Akira Koieyama) trains iconic warriors Ryu and Ken in the combative style of Ansatsuken (Assassin’s Fist).
Character development, training techniques, channeling chi (or ki) energy and the philosophy behind them are not sacrificed for the sake of action alone and are amply covered. There is a harmony between the multiple layers here as you are drawn into the compelling story with enough Hadokens and Shoryukens to satisfy even the most die-hard fans along the way!
Howard (Ken), Mike Moh (Ryu), Akira (Master Gouken), Joey Ansah (Akuma) and ninja legend Togo Igawa (Gotetsu) and the rest of the cast all put in stellar performances that bring the story to life in a way that reaches out and touches you, quenching the thirst that the two previous movie outings (Street Fighter and The Legend of Chun Li) simply couldn’t manage to.
There are breathtaking scenes, authentic-looking sets and costumes, and a spellbinding musical score hitting all the favourite familiar sounds and melodies from Capcom’s beloved 1987 arcade game to round out the offering.
Visually, sonically, in terms of production design and acting-wise, this rivals anything of a similar genre you’re likely to see in the cinema and on a very humble budget too; it makes you wonder how much work went into this rare labour of love. This is storytelling at its finest.
To sum up, this is a fantastic series seriously well worth seeing and has been well worth the wait, your patience shall be rewarded!! So you wanted Street Fighter? Now you’ve got Street Fighter!
Stay tuned for more exciting news and full video trailer on its way soon!
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