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Street Fighter (1994)



Critic Consensus: Though it offers mild entertainment through campy one-liners and the overacting of the late Raul Julia, Street Fighter's nonstop action sequences are not enough to make up for a predictable, uneven storyline.

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A military commander is sent by an international organization to fight a psychotic dictator who holds a relief team hostage. When the world pays the dictator's ransom, the commander resigns and decides to take on the villain himself. This action fantasy is based on a popular video game.

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Roshan Seth
as Dhalsim
Ming-Na Wen
as Chun-Li
Simon Callow
as A.N. Official
Wes Studi
as Sagat
Sander Vanocur
as GNT News Anchor
Robert Mammone
as Carlos Blanka
Kenya Sawada
as Captain Sawada
Gerry Day
as Lab Guard
Adrian Cronauer
as A.N. Forces DJ
David Green
as M.P. Guard
Kenzo Tsujimoto
as A.N. Commander
Edward R. Pressman
as Lonely Cook
Ray Swenson
as Bison's Architect
Joe Bunger
as Bison's Torturer
Brian Moll
as Bison's Scientist
Maria Dickson
as Bison's Scientist
Norman Steiner
as Bison's Scientist
Andrew Cottgrove
as Bison Trooper
Kamilyn Kaneko
as A.N. Soldier
David DeSouza
as A.N. Soldier
Scott Rosen
as A.N. Soldier
Renzo Colla
as Studio News Anchor
Ric Curnow
as Studio News Anchor
Efthymios Kallos
as Studio News Anchor
Alex Ivacheff
as Studio News Anchor
Maow Krungvong
as Studio News Anchor
Francoise Le Cosset
as Studio News Anchor
Saleh Saqqaf
as Studio News Anchor
Rosanna Wong
as Studio News Anchor
Darcy LaPier
as Guile's and Blanka's Date
Jeri Barchilon
as Guile's and Blanka's Date
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Critic Reviews for Street Fighter

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11)

As for Jean-Claude, it's a tough stretch for him to play a figurine from an arcade game but, why, he almost manages to be convincing.

April 24, 2019 | Full Review…

While de Souza's arrested development makes him a likely suspect to adapt a video game for movies, the result (like The Super Mario Brothers movie before it) is an empty exercise in hyper-stimulation. Or, to put it bluntly, a complete waste of time.

April 24, 2019 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

De Souza's wit, which gave his earlier action scripts a tart edge, has failed him here. He pitches this entire movie at the sub-literate set that, with glassy eyes, unthinkingly pumps quarter after quarter into video games.

April 24, 2019 | Full Review…

This is [Steven E. de Souza's] directorial debut, and while it shows promise, it is uneven. The film is way too choppy, and as a result we never get a chance to know the characters (except Bison).

April 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Even knowing what a mess Street Fighter is, I will defend it to the end of time all for what Raul Julia brought to the film.

March 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Far less captivating than the videogame that inspired it.

July 3, 2008 | Full Review…
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Absolutely terrible action film based very very loosely on the 'Street Fighter 2' computer game. Van Damme looks fine but acts badly as are the rest of the cast who are all just awful, simply dreadful. No one actually looks like their videogame counterpart accept maybe Raul Julia who saves a little grace as 'Bison' but he's hardly the right build for him. The action and fight sequences are pitiful, totally laughable, I can't even bring myself to call them action sequences whilst the sets look like paper thin sets merely with lots of metal and monitors everywhere. The main issue with this 'film' is the fact its totally and completely made for kids, watered down to the bone with nothing for anyone over the age of about 13 to enjoy. Game fans will be like...'excuse me!!?' whilst most adults will simply piss their pants with laughter. Just adding the odd chase sequence or explosion doesn't make things all better Mr Director. One of the only films I can say is sheer dross and less than B-movie standards mainly because it cost a bomb to make, had a HUGE merchandise and marketing push. It was actually advertised as a serious action film (probably due to JCVD being in it), it was! I remember seeing it in the cinema. SFII cannot be made into a serious or semi serious film end of, the characters and stories just don't work in this field. Animated yes, live action no, no no no hell no. The best bit of the film has to be the introduction of 'Blanka' and 'Dhalsim', I swear only Ed Wood could compete with that.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

I'm sitting here laughing to myself because I gave this such a high rating. This movie is one gigantic piece of crap, but yet it's too damned enjoyable to be written off completely. Street Fighter is an adaptation of the Street Fighter II game that was all the rage in arcades across the globe during the early 90's. That game had bits of a storyline, but for the movie, they expanded and changed a lot of it. This is also notorious for being Raul Julia's final film, has he passed away from stomach cancer afterwards. Thankfully, he goes out with an amazing performance. Like Frank Langella was to Masters of the Universe, Raul Julia is to Street Fighter. He gives a well-read and fun performance. Everyone else is atrocious, including JCVD, but the action and comedy is so bad that it's good. Definitely check it out if you're looking for something easy to take in without a lot of brain power. You certainly don't need any to enjoy this piece of horse manure.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Cool to see a childhood video game put into a film, but all in all, the film is cheesy and many characters could have looked alot better. I think that if you have played Street Fighter before watching this then you will appreciate it somewhat, but if you have no idea what Street Fighter is while going into this film, then you will think it is a complete disaster.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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