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Street Fighter

Street Fighter
Jean Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia and Ming Na-Wen

Rated: PG-13 for violence and some obscenities
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: December 23, 1994 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

Jean Claude Van Damme stars in this video game come to life. He plays Colonel William Guile, head of a multinational force in charge of ridding the world of the evil General Bison (the late Raul Julia).

General Bison demands $20 billion in 72 hours or he will kill the hostages he is holding in his southeast Asian hideaway. He wants to use the money to create the perfect soldier, so he can take over the world.

Bison puts unwilling subjects into pod-like chambers and they come out looking like red-haired Incredible Hulks with bad attitudes. But, since Colonel Guile and his platoon of good guys are hot on the general's trail, even genetically perfect soldiers don't stand a chance.

Most of the video game characters are portrayed on screen. Ming Na-Wen plays Chung Li, a spunky journalist who's after Bison for killing her father. She has a sumo wrestler and a boxer as her coworkers, but she's a judo expert and can take care of herself quite handily.

As in other Van Damme films, there's lots of kickboxing, fist-fighting and silly dialogue, which is fine with me because the guy has mastered action scenes, but he sure can't act. He even seems to bring down the quality of Julia's work.

The violence is plentiful, but in keeping with the film's PG-13 rating, it isn't excessively bloody.

I was very disappointed in the look of the film. The sets aren't very imaginative and the gadgets and weapons are surprisingly cheesy. But, believe me, the youngster with me found nothing to complain about - he thought the movie was "great!"

Street Fighter was Raul Julia's last film and before de died he said he made it for his kids. The audience, comprised mostly of young people, was very glad he did.

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