Wednesday, 22 October 2014

LIVE ACTION REVIEW: STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN'S FIST


Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 143 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 27/10/2014
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Ken and Ryu are the world's most famous martial arts fighting duo in Street Fighter history, but right now Ken isn't feeling good about training under Gouken, their master. Ken thinks he is losing out on a better life away from the training he has done since he had been a kid and as far as he can see fighting is the last thing on his mind. Ryu is convinced however that his decision could mean he would be throwing away his career as he has become a great student.

While Ryu is the calm, collected student who excels, Ken stated out as a delinquent taken by his disgruntled father to train under Gouken with him. Ken, after a few years has become a better fighter, but he still has that rebellious streak Ryu finds hard to keep in check. The next part of the story gets better as Ryu tells Ken of a note and a map that takes them to a remote place where they can train to the next level of their martial arts development. This means they can train for the development of their hado. Ken, unhappy that he isn't as good a student as Ryu, wants to take short cuts to being great, and decides to use a book he has found in his sensei's house and starts to use it. The technique he uses is called Satsui no Hado, a dangerous and unstable technique to master as well his sensei knows, and him trying it makes him look like a fool in front of Ryu.

As a feature-length live action movie it has most of the elements of Street Fighter in it. Ken and Ryu both wear the red and white outfits, make the same moves and act the same as they would in the game as well as the anime made for them. The power moves are there as are the fight scenes. The only down side to the movie are the almost endless scenes of training that could have been cut back to bring out more of the story.


Bonus Material: Director's Commentary (with Joey Ansah), Ken's Video Diary, Deleted Scenes, The Making of, Outtakes and Trailers.

Verdict: Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist is well choreographed, scripted and has some of the best fight scenes in it.