Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Street Fighter II The Animated Movie (Japanese pamphlet).JPG
Japanese promotional pamphlet.
Directed by Gisaburō Sugii
Produced by Mitsuhisa Hida
Akio Sakai
Takeshi Sekiguchi
Megumi Sugiyama
Screenplay by Kenichi Imai
Based on Street Fighter II 
by Capcom
Starring Kōjirō Shimizu
Kenji Haga
Miki Fujitani
Masane Tsukayama
Masakatsu Funaki
Ginzō Matsuo
Shōzō Iizuka
Yoko Sasaki
Daisuke Gōri
Yukimasa Kishino
Unshō Ishizuka
Tetsuo Kaneo
Kaneto Shiozawa
Shigezō Sasaoka
Jōji Nakata
Hiromi Tsuru
Hideyo Amamoto
Takeshi Kusaka
Music by Tetsuya Komuro
Yuji Toriyama
Cinematography Hiroaki Edamitsu
Edited by Masashi Furukawa
Production
company
Distributed by Toei Company
Manga Entertainment
20th Century Fox (international prints, release theatrical)
StudioCanal (later Europe prints)
Release dates
  • August 8, 1994 (1994-08-08)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, known as Street Fighter II Movie (ストリートファイター II MOVIE Sutorīto Faitā Tsū Mūbī?, not to be confused with the live-action version) in Japan and Australia, is a 1994 anime film adaptation of the Street Fighter II fighting game written by Kenichi Imai, directed by Gisaburō Sugii and animated by Group TAC. The film, originally released in Japan on August 8, 1994, was released theatrically in North America, the United Kingdom, France and Spain, and was adapted into English in dubbed and subtitled format by Animaze for Manga Entertainment. It was also distributed by 20th Century Fox in other countries. Following the film's release, Group TAC later produced another loose adaptation of the Street Fighter II game, the anime series Street Fighter II V.

Plot[edit]

In the prologue, a fight between Japanese martial artist Ryu and Muay Thai champion Sagat rages until Ryu severely scars Sagat across the chest with a Shoryuken. As Sagat charges towards Ryu in a rage, Ryu fires a Hadouken at the screen, leaving the battle unattended.

Years later, following the assassination of a Justice Minister in London by Cammy, a brainwashed British MI6 Agent, Interpol agent Chun-Li suggests that they join forces with the United States Military to destroy the enigmatic crime syndicate known as Shadowlaw. Captain Guile, who is out for revenge against Shadowlaw's leader, M. Bison, for the death of his best friend, refuses, but eventually relents when Chun-Li tells him that Bison killed her father years ago and she herself wants revenge, but knows that her duty comes first. At the Shadowlaw base, Bison, along with his bodyguards Balrog, Vega and Sagat, orders a worldwide manhunt for Ryu, determined to induct him into his organization, and sends out hundreds of monitor cyborgs to find more valuable martial artists for their cause. However, Ryu, who is traveling the world to seek out worthy challengers, such as Fei-Long, Dhalsim and E. Honda, remains undetected, because he knows how to suppress his Ki.

Meanwhile, Ryu's American best friend and fighting rival, Ken Masters, has settled down with his girlfriend, Eliza, but still yearns for a good challenge and desires a rematch with Ryu. During a tussle with T. Hawk, who had sought out Ken to challenge him, Ken is seen by a monitor cyborg and the footage of the fight is sent to the Shadowlaw base. Bison sees the footage and learns of Ken's history with Ryu, and decides to hunt him down and brainwash him in Ryu's stead. Along the way, Bison sees Chun-Li and Guile warning Dee Jay about the monitor cyborgs and destroying one in the process, and subsequently sends Vega to New York to kill Chun-Li. Vega ambushes Chun-Li in her apartment, but after a bloody fight, Chun-Li sends Vega falling to his apparent death, but also drops into a coma due to blood loss. Guile arrives and rushes her to the hospital. He also learns of Ryu and Ken from Interpol, and after learning that Bison has captured Ken, Guile rushes to Thailand to warn Ryu, who is training in the mountains with E. Honda.

Bison, however, follows Guile and confronts them. He sets the brainwashed Ken on Ryu, who initially refuses to fight back. Honda battles Balrog while Guile faces Bison and is severely beaten, though Bison spares his life as a final insult. As Ryu prepares to retaliate against Ken, memories of their past wreak havoc on Ken's mind and he manages to break free of Bison's mind control. The enraged Bison unleashes his Psycho Power upon Ken and casts him afar before turning his attention to Ryu, who fights Bison with very little success. Ken uses his master's Ki teachings to mend his body and joins the fight. With their combined forces, Ryu and Ken eventually pummel Bison into submission and hurl a joint Hadouken at him, apparently destroying him. Honda defeats Balrog and rescues Guile.

The United States Military locate and destroy Bison's base. Chun-Li makes a full recovery and reunites with Guile in the hospital, informing him that their mission was a success, and the two celebrate with an embrace. Elsewhere, Ryu and Ken part ways once again and Ryu begins his journey anew. However, he is ambushed from behind by a huge truck, with the driver revealed to be Bison, who survived the battle. The film closes as Ryu leaps towards the truck to fight the masterlord again.

A post-credits message promotes a Spring 1995 release for Street Fighter, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia.

Characters[edit]

Main
Character Japanese VA English VA
Ryu Kōjirō Shimizu Skip Stellrecht (Hank Smith)
Ken Kenji Haga Eddie Frierson (Ted Richards)
Chun-Li Miki Fujitani Lia Sargent (Mary Briscoe)
Guile Masane Tsukayama Kirk Thornton (Donald Lee)
M. Bison (Vega in Japan) Takeshi Kusaka Tom Wyner (Phil Matthews)
Secondary
Character Japanese VA English VA
Sagat Shigezo Sasaoka Peter Spellos (David Conrad)
Vega (Balrog in Japan) Kaneto Shiozawa Richard Cansino (Steve Davis)
Balrog (M. Bison in Japan) Jōji Nakata Joe Romersa (Joe Michaels)
E. Honda Daisuke Gōri Richard Epcar (Patrick Gilbert)
Dhalsim Yukimasa Kishino Michael Sorich (Don Carey)
Cammy Yōko Sasaki Debra Rogers (S. J. Charvin)
Fei Long Masakatsu Funaki Bryan Cranston[citation needed] (Phil Williams)
Dee Jay Ginzō Matsuo Beau Billingslea (John Hammond)
T. Hawk Shōzō Iizuka Steve Blum (Richard Cardona)
Blanka Unshō Ishizuka Kevin Seymour (Tom Carlton)
Zangief Tetsuo Kaneo Michael Sorich (William Johnson)
Eliza Hiromi Tsuru Mimi Woods (Toni Burke)
Ryu & Ken's Sensei[1] Hideyo Amamoto Michael Forest (George Celik)
Senoh Chikao Ōtsuka Milt Jamin (Murry Williams)

Production[edit]

The movie was formally announced by Capcom Japan at a Street Fighter II Turbo tournament held at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan on August 19, 1993.[2] The fight sequences of the film were choreographed by K-1 founder Kazuyoshi Ishii and professional fighter Andy Hug.

English versions[edit]

1995 home video version[edit]

Two English dubbed versions were released directly to VHS and Laserdisc in 1995 by SMV Enterprises in North America: a tamer, PG-13 version and an unrated cut which contains, among other things, a slightly more revealing shower scene featuring Chun-Li that is still censored from the original Japanese version. The movie was released in Australia & the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment UK under license from Capcom. Manga's UK release is censored in a similar way to the US version, yet profanity is retained and is rated 15 by the BBFC. Manga's Australian release is entirely uncut and is rated M by the ACB. In addition, a slightly different version of this movie appears on both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection as a bonus feature accessible from Hyper Street Fighter II '​s Gallery Mode. It is more censored than the PG-13 version in terms of language, and contains some other minor edits not related to mature or vulgar content. The American VHS releases and the version in the North American Street Fighter Anniversary Collection were pan and scan while the Region 1 DVD has non-anamorphic widescreen. The European VHS version is non-anamorphic widescreen. These localized English versions replaced the original soundtrack in favor of licensed, popular alternative, Western soundtracks from Korn, KMFDM, Alice in Chains, Silverchair and other bands, as well an instrumental score.

2006 DVD version[edit]

An Uncut, Uncensored, Unleashed DVD of the movie was released in the US on July 18, 2006 and addresses the complaints made about the censored English versions of the film in 1995. Unlike the previous unrated version released in the US which was still censored, this release is uncut from the original Japanese version and for the first time ever (for non-Japanese releases of this movie), it contains the original Japanese soundtrack in addition to the English soundtrack (both featuring a new Dolby Digital 5.1 mix). It is a double-sided DVD, with one side containing the English dub with the English soundtrack and the other side containing the original Japanese voices with the original Japanese soundtrack with optional English subtitles.

The video on the English and Japanese sides differ, though, with the Japanese side sporting what appears to be a new, higher quality transfer from the original Japanese master. Like the original Japanese release and the UK release, the movie is presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen. Also, the addition of Chun-Li's shower scene and a longer credit roll makes the Japanese cut of the film longer by three minutes. The dubbed US and UK versions are still slightly cut.[3] The English dubbed version has two words containing "fuck" from it, one with the scene with Dee Jay and the scene with Bison, Guile, E. Honda, Ryu, and Ken.

The Australian DVD release by Manga & Madman Entertainment is the only version of the movie to date on either DVD or Blu-ray that is completely uncut outside of Japan. Manga & Madman opted to use the original Japanese negatives instead of using the already available UK or North American masters, however due to the negatives being damaged, DNR techniques were used which caused noticeable artifacts in darker scenes. The English dub on the disc is the original dub recorded by Manga Entertainment and Animaze, free from any editing of profanity and both English and Japanese dubs have been remixed into 5.1 audio. Easter eggs on the DVD contain three Japanese trailers for the movie as well as making available a version of the movie with the Japanese credits. The aspect ratio of the Australian release is an anamorphic 1.77:1.[4]

Netflix[edit]

As part of their 2008 deal with Starz Entertainment, Netflix made the first completely uncut version of the film available on demand, which includes the unedited shower scene featuring Chun-Li, as well as both uses of the word "fuck" not available in previous U.S. releases. This version of the film uses Animaze's English dub, with the option of playing with the original Japanese soundtrack or the Western soundtrack.

Street Fighter Anniversary Collector's box[edit]

A Blu-ray release was included with the Street Fighter Anniversary Collector's boxset, which was released on September 18, 2012.[5] However, the quality of the movie is neither 1080p nor 720p, quality its only in 480p, 480i, 360p and 240p and contains no nudity, according to the interview with CAPCOM's product manager.[6]

2013 Kaze release[edit]

The film was released with a fresh 16:9 1080p transfer on Blu-ray and as a DVD/Blu combo set in 2013 by Kaze in France[7] with the standalone Blu-ray being distributed in the United Kingdom by Manga UK.[8] The release uses stereo audio tracks of the original Japanese track, a French one, and heavily censored English dubs[9] (thus lacking the 5.1 mixes included with the 2006 release) but features the full uncut video including the Chun-Li shower scene intact. It has optional English and French subtitles and the aspect ratio is 1.85:1.[10]

Soundtrack[edit]

Japanese version[edit]

There were two CDs released in Japan of the soundtrack.

First CD (release date 8/01/1994):

  1. Yuji Toriyama – Fighting Street
  2. Yuji Toriyama – "Plot"
  3. Big Life – "Cry"
  4. Yuji Toriyama – "Enter VEGA"
  5. Ryoko Shinohara w Tetsuya Komuro – "Itoshisa To Setsunasa To Kokoro Tsuyosato"
  6. Yuji Toriyama – "Battle-Blanka & Zangief"
  7. Alpha-Lyla – "Break!"
  8. Yuji Toriyama – "Mission"
  9. Alpha-Lyla – "Kitsusuki Nagara Atsukunare"
  10. Yuji Toriyama – "Assassination"
  11. Yuji Toriyama – "Farewell – Ryu & Ken"
  12. Ryoko Shinohara w Tetsuya Komuro – "GooD LucK"
  13. Syun Nishigaki – "A Riddle/Gouki Theme" (bonus track)

Second CD (Release date 11/21/1994):
The entire second CD consisted of the musical score pieces by Tetsuya Komuro that did not appear on the first CD.

  1. "Opening Fight - Ryu vs. Sagat"
  2. "Ryu's Training"
  3. "Ryu and Ken's Friendship"
  4. "Fei Long and Ryu's Battle"
  5. "Fei Long and Ryu's Quiet Friendship"
  6. "Honda and Dhalsim's Battle"
  7. "Chun Li"
  8. "Dee Jay"
  9. "Balrog's Eyes"
  10. "Balrog and Chun Li's Battle"
  11. "Vega Psycho Power"
  12. "Possessed Ken"
  13. "Ryu and Ken (Wake Up, Ken!)"
  14. "Life and Death Struggle"
  15. "Heated Friendship"
  16. "Chun Li's Sad News"
  17. Ryoko Shinohara w Tetsuya Komuro – "Itoshisa To Setsunasa To Kokoro Tsuyosa To (Q Sound Mixed Version)"

Both CDs were released in Japan by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

English version[edit]

The alternative/grunge-oriented musical score for the English version was composed by Cory Lerios and John D'Andrea. Songs featured in the movie include:

  1. Korn – "Blind"
  2. Alice in Chains – "Them Bones"
  3. Silverchair – "Israel's Son"
  4. In the Nursery – "Hallucinations" (Dream World Mix)
  5. Black/Note – "Evil Dancer"
  6. KMFDM – "Ultra"
  7. Smokin' Suckaz wit Logic – "Cuz I'm Like Dat"
  8. Intermix – "Mantra"

Related media[edit]

Video game[edit]

Capcom produced a video game adaptation of the film simply titled Street Fighter II MOVIE. The game was released exclusively in Japan for the PlayStation on December 15, 1995, and for the Sega Saturn on March 15, 1996. Despite the similar title, it is unrelated to the arcade game Street Fighter: The Movie, nor with the home console game of the same name, both based on the live-action film. Although unreleased in America, the game was shown at the 1995 Electronic Entertainment Expo under the title of Street Fighter II: The Interactive Movie.

The player takes control of a new type of cyborg that has been secretly developed by Shadaloo. The objective of the game is to develop the Cyborg's abilities by analyzing the fighting techniques of martial artists around the world in order to gain enough strength to challenge Ryu in combat. The gameplay consists of watching FMV clips from the actual movie itself (as well as scenes made specifically for the game itself) and analyzing them using the "search" command. For example, if the scene is shown which involves a character performing a kick technique, then the cyborg's kick abilities will increase by pointing and clicking on the character's kicks. On each stage, the player has a limited amount of time to analyze their surrounding as much as possible in order to gather the most data.

While the majority of the game is strictly a life simulation, the final battle between the Cyborg and Ryu is a one-on-one fighting segment that features the same game system as Super Street Fighter II Turbo (including the presence of the Super Combo gauge). All of the Cyborg's acquired abilities can be put to use in battle. The Cyborg's special moves are the same ones used by Ken in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, including his Shōryū Reppa Super Combo.

The player can keep track of their Cyborg's development via a save file or through a passcode and test their Cyborg's current abilities against a virtual hologram of Ryu. This practice segments can also be played with a second player. The game also includes a database featuring information on the characters from the film.

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation of the film was authored by Takayuki Sakai and serialized in the monthly CoroCoro Comic in 1994, later republished in a single tankōbon collected edition. An English adaptation of this manga was published Viz Communications as a six-issue comic book in 1996.

Reception[edit]

Legacy[edit]

The movie served as the basis for Street Fighter Alpha. Many elements and character designs were integrated into future games of the series (in particular, the Street Fighter Alpha series). The film's final battle is very loosely adapted into Ryu's story in Street Fighter Alpha 3, where Ryu's sub-boss is a brainwashed Ken, whom he must defeat before facing Bison.

The film's success also led to the production of a television series, Street Fighter II V, and another animated film, Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation. While neither is set in the same continuity as the film, the English dubs featured a handful of actors reprising their roles from the film.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ While the identity of Ryu and Ken's sensei was later established to be Gouken in the games, the character's name is never mentioned in the movie. When Bison compares Ryu and Ken's personal history on a monitor, the sensei's name is listed as "Goutetsu".
  2. ^ "International News". Electronic Gaming Monthly (51) (EGM Media, LLC). October 1993. p. 74-76. 
  3. ^ "Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie : Anime Reviews : AAW". Animeworld.com. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Street Fighter II the Movie (Uncut)". Madman.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Brelston > Manage Blog". 
  6. ^ "Mini FAQ for Street Fighter 25th anniversary package, animated movie won't contain nudity". Eventhubs.com. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Street fighter II - Edition Combo DVD + Blu-ray". Kazé Animé. 27 February 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.shopmanga.co.uk/title.php?Ref=10491skus
  9. ^ "Street Fighter II: The Movie Blu-ray". 
  10. ^ Chris Gould (4 May 2013). "Review: Street Fighter II: The Movie (UK - BD RB) - DVDActive". 

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