Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist

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Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist
Assassins Fist first official poster Ken and Ryu.jpeg
Genre Action/martial arts
Created by Joey Ansah
Christian Howard
Developed by Joey Ansah
Christian Howard
Written by Joey Ansah
Christian Howard
Directed by Joey Ansah
Starring Mike Moh
Christian Howard
Akira Koieyama
Shogen Itokazu
Gaku Space
Hyunri Lee
Togo Igawa
Mark Killeen
Hal Yamanouchi
Joey Ansah
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Japanese
No. of episodes 12 (Web series)
6 (TV mini-series)
Production
Producer(s) Jacqueline Quella
Running time 12 episodes, 11-12 minutes each (Web series)
6 episodes, 21-22 minutes (TV mini-series)
105 minutes (TV Movie)
146 minutes (Uncut DVD/Blu-ray)
Distributor Content Media[1]
Broadcast
Original channel YouTube
Machinima.com
Original airing May 23, 2014[2]
Chronology
Preceded by Street Fighter: Legacy
External links
[Official website Website]

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist is a live-action web series, TV series and feature film in the martial arts film genre developed by director, fight choreographer, writer, actor and martial artist Joey Ansah; actor, writer and martial artist Christian Howard and Academy Award-nominated film producer, Jacqueline Quella. Based on the popular video game series by Capcom, Street Fighter, the story focuses on Ryu and Ken as they uncover the past of their master, Gouken, and learn the secrets of their dark art, Ansatsuken.[3][4]

The web series format was released on Machinima's YouTube channel on May 23, 2014 while the subsequent formats (TV & DVD/Blu-ray) will be released in later 2014.[2][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The short film, Street Fighter: Legacy, a passion project for Joey Ansah and Christian Howard, was released on YouTube in 2010 as a proof-of-concept. During San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 Capcom announced it had granted rights to the creators to go ahead with the project.[21]

The series started a Kickstarter crowdsource funding campaign in order to source funds for production.[22] The campaign was cancelled on April 17, 2013 when private backers stepped forward with the money necessary, removing the need for the crowdsource funds.[23]

On July 14, 2013, production began filming in Simeonovo, Sofia, Bulgaria.[24][25][26] On August 24, 2013, filming on the series wrapped.[27]

On August 20, 2013, In an interview with Gamereactor, Ansah talked about Ryu and Ken's story and said "a good analogy with Ryu is that he's not actually ever competing with anyone else; he's competing with himself. Whereas Ken is driven fiercely by competition. A lot of Ken's conflict comes from his relationship with his father. Without giving too much away, we learn in this series how Ken came to be in Japan, in Gouken's dojo".[28]

On November 1, 2013, Content has sold worldwide online rights for Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist to a major global online channel for a short first window. Other key territories snapped up for subsequent rights and windows include: UK, Australia, US, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia (Funimation); German-speaking Europe and Benelux (Polyband); Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Middle East (Daro Film Distribution); Thailand (IPA Asia); Portugal (Lusomundo), and South Korea (Sonamu) and handling worldwide sales on the film for all media.[29] On March 14, 2014, Capcom and Machinima.com announced that the series will be airing on Machinima's main channel.[30] On April 18, 2014, it was revealed that the series was released in four formats altogether. Machinima.com was first release it as a 12-part web series at 11–12 minutes each. The 12 episodes will then be combined into 6 episodes at 21–22 minutes each for a TV mini-series on a currently undisclosed network. Afterwards, it will be released as an edited 105-minute TV movie for syndicated television, and finally as the full 2+ hour uncut feature film as it was originally shot for release on DVD/Blu-ray.[31] The series will first be released via Machinima.com on May 23, 2014, followed by release on other formats at later dates.[2]

Home media[edit]

Funimation has acquired the home video distribution rights and will release the webseries on DVD and Blu-ray under their Giant Ape label.[9] In addition, Madman Entertainment and Manga Entertainment will also release the series in Australia and the UK, respectively.[10]

Music[edit]

The music was composed by Patrick Gill[32][33] with contributions from Ryan Ansah[34][35][36] and Daniel Braine.[37]

Episodes[edit]

Number
in season
Number
in series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
0 0 "Alpha" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
We flash foward in this prologue to find best of friends and bitterest of rivals Ryu & Ken face off in a potentially lethal showdown. How did it come to this? Begin the journey to find out![38]
1 1 "Beginnings" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
As Ryu and Ken near the end of their training they are impatient to master the power of 'Hadō'. Their Master, Gōken, worries about sharing this powerful technique. Gōken sets Ryu and Ken on a quest to find Gōtetsu's Dojo where he trained.[39]
2 2 "Round 1: Fight" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
At Gōtetsu's Dojo Gōken, Ryu and Ken pay homage at Gōtetsu's grave. Ken and Ryu discover something secret in Gōken's past. Gōken recalls his own time spent training alongside his brother Gōki under their Master Gōtetsu. Ryu and Ken fight![40]
3 3 "Satsui No Hado" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
In the past, Gōtetsu instructs the young Gōken and Gōki. Goki is drawn to the power of 'Satsui no hado'. In the present, Ryu and Ken try to create their first Hadōken. Gōken is disturbed by Ken's approach and they argue. Ryu and Ken learn more about the history of Ansatsuken, their master Gōken and his dead brother Gōki.[41]
4 4 "A Rough Night" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
Ryu is disturbed and sees a foreboding stranger in his nightmares. Ryu and Ken sneak out for adventure at the G.I. Bar. Ken's father makes a surprise visit. Ryu is unsettled by the old Dōjō.[42]
5 5 "Banished" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
Gōken and Gōki vie for Sayaka's attention. Gōki uses 'Satsui no Hado' in a sparring match almost killing his opponent. Gōtetsu gives Gōki an Ultimatum after his abuse of Satsui no Hado. Gōki and Sayaka part.[43]
6 6 "Demons Within" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
Ryu and Ken continue to work on their Hadōken, but Ryu is troubled and refuses to fully manifest his. Something is learnt of Ryu's past. A mysterious stranger appears to Gōken.[44]
7 7 "Path of the Shin Oni" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
In the past, we see events from Gōki's perspective as he finds a new home. Gōken and Sayaka become estranged.[45]
8 8 "The Ultimate Sacrifice" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
Gōki's fatalistic pursuit of Dark 'Hadō' takes him to new dangerous levels. Gōtetsu & Gōken seriously debate the risks vs benefit of 'Satsui no Hadō'.[46]
9 9 "The Calm Before the Storm" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
Gōtetsu and Gōken consult the Ansatsuken scrolls and discuss Gōki's departure. They question the very real potential of Ansatsuken myths becoming reality. Gōtetsu confronts a dark presence.[47]
10 10 "The Raging Demon" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
More is learnt of the fate of Gōtetsu, Gōki and Sayaka. Ryu and Ken train, their techniques and Hadōken more advanced.[48]
11 11 "May the Best Man Win" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
As Ryu and Ken' training approaches a climax, Gōken sets them a 'rite of passage' which will culminate in the greatest challenge of their lives.[49]
12 12 "End Game" Joey Ansah Joey Ansah & Christian Howard May 23, 2014 (2014-05-23)
With a near fatality, tensions are high as Gōken is forced to make the hardest decision of his life as an outside force draws closer. The Dojo will never be the same again.[50]

Reception[edit]

IGN gave the series a positive review, stating that it was more authentic to the franchise than either of the larger budgeted Street Fighter feature films, as well as one of the best live action video game adaptations overall, giving it an 8.7/10.[51] Shehzaan Abdulla from Continue-Play gave it a score of 8/10 and said, "Balancing in-jokes and fan service with humble, down-to-earth storytelling isn’t easy. Go too far in one direction and you end up with a hokey, pandering mess; go too far in the other, and you have a feature that feels disconnected, and uninspired by the source material. Assassin’s Fist walks this line almost perfectly."[52]

Sequel[edit]

Ansah has stated to several online media publications, such as Gamereactor, that if the show is successful, he would like to adapt the World Warrior story from Street Fighter II: The World Warrior for the sequel and feature both Chun-Li and Guile. He has publicly discussed possibly casting Scott Adkins as Guile.[53][10] At the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, CAPCOM along with Joey Ansah, Mike Moh and Gaku Space announced that the sequel to Assassin's Fist, titled Street Fighter: World Warrior has officially begun development,[54][55]aiming for release in late 2015 or early 2016.[56]

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