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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

North American promotional poster.
Directed by Gisaburō Sugii
Produced by Mitsuhisa Hida
Akio Sakai
Takeshi Sekiguchi
Megumi Sugiyama
Written by Kenichi Imai
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
Editing by Masashi Furukawa
Studio Group TAC
Distributed by Toei (Japan)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (International)
Release date(s) August 8, 1994 (JP)
Running time 102 min. (original)
Country Japan
Language Japanese
English

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (ストリートファイター II MOVIE Street Fighter II Movie, ? not to be confused with the live-action version) is a 1994 anime film adaptation of the Street Fighter II fighting games written by Kenichi Imai, directed by Gisaburō Sugii and animated by Group TAC. The film, originally released in Japan on August 8, 1994, has been adapted into English in dubbed and subtitled format by Manga Entertainment. Group TAC later produced the anime series Street Fighter II V.

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie was well received among fans of the games, and is generally considered to be far superior to the live-action film which followed it. The action sequences had a very realistic portrayal in comparison to other Street Fighter anime, and action anime in general, due to the assistance of K-1 founder and professional fighter, Kazuyoshi Ishii and Andy Hug.

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Plot summary

The film begins with Japanese martial artist Ryu facing off against Muay Thai champion Sagat. With the thunder roaring in the background, the two fight an epic duel. However, despite his renowned strength and abilities, Sagat has some difficulty defeating his opponent. Channeling his chi, he unleashes his built-up internal energy at his challenger. Ryu evades the blow, but Sagat knocks him down with a couple of kicks. Sagat attempts to finish Ryu off. However, Ryu counter-attacks with his technique the Shoryuken, inflicting a severe wound on Sagat's chest, a wound that later becomes Sagat's trademark scar. Enraged, Sagat charges towards Ryu. Ryu gathers his internal energy and unleashes it in the form of a Hadouken, which cuts to the film's title.

Time has passed since his battle with Sagat, and Ryu now travels the Asian continent in search of battle. On the other side of the world, Ken, Ryu's old training partner, friend, and rival, finds himself dissatisfied with the lack of challenge. Eagerly desiring a rematch with Ryu, he reminisces over his childhood experiences. Meanwhile, a terrorist organization called Shadowlaw, led by a man named M. Bison, plots to kidnap Street Fighters around the world in order to brainwash them and use them to carry out assassinations. After witnessing footage of Ryu's battle against Sagat, who now serves as one of Bison's three lieutenants along with Balrog and Vega, Bison gains an interest in capturing Ryu due to his immense fighting potential.

Chun-Li, an Interpol agent with a personal score to settle with Bison, seeks the help of Guile, whom she enlists in locating Ryu. While gathering information on Ryu's known whereabouts, they also warn other Street Fighters, such as Dee Jay, to look out for Monitor Cyborgs in their general vicinity. This attracts Bison's attention, and he subsequently dispatches Vega to New York to kill Chun-Li. In New York, Vega ambushes Chun-Li in her apartment, and they engage in a vicious and bloody duel. Vega eventually removes his mask, and after taking some severe blows to his "beautiful face", becomes enraged and begins attacking her much more aggressively. The fight takes its toll on both fighters, but Chun-Li emerges as the victor by actually kicking Vega through the wall and sending him falling to the street below (via the Hundred Burst Kick), albeit at a heavy cost: she passes out from blood loss and slips into a coma just as Guile arrives to help.

Guile as he appears in the movie.

Guile continues the investigation in place of Chun-Li, vowing revenge for what Bison did to the both of them. Bison gains an interest in Ken after seeing Monitor Cyborg footage of him fighting T. Hawk and notices that Ken uses the same martial art style as Ryu. Meanwhile, rumors of an underground terrorist organization named Shadowlaw that has unleashed several attacks on worldwide governments and political figures (one of which was an English politician killed by Cammy early on in the film) attracts the interest of Interpol. After learning of Ken's whereabouts, Bison heads over to Seattle. Ken, meanwhile, is driving home after dropping off Eliza, to whom he has just proposed. On the way, though, he's ambushed by Bison, who captures him easily. Guile arrives after Bison's VTOL jet flies away only to find Ken's vacant car in the middle of a deserted road. With no other leads, Guile heads to Southeast Asia in the hopes of getting to Ryu before Bison does. Bison, however is aware of Guile's intentions and sets out on an intercept course with Ken in tow. Sagat begs Bison to allow him to fight Ryu again, but Bison reminds Sagat that he has orders to go to New York to eliminate Cammy (who is in custody at Interpol) and Vega. Out in Southeast Asia, Guile finds Ryu and warns him of the plot and the possibility that Ken may have been brainwashed. At that point Bison arrives. He and Ken step out of the jet.

M. Bison as he appears in the movie.

Controlled by Bison, Ken fights Ryu with a seething rage. Ryu, unwilling to hurt his friend, attempts to reason with him. Bison defeats Guile easily, while Bison's henchman Balrog and E. Honda fight (while rolling off the mountain in the process). Meanwhile, Ken beats Ryu savagely. But just before Ryu can finally retaliate, memories of the past wreak havoc on Ken's mind, and finally, through memories of his past with Ryu, Ken succeeds in breaking Bison's influence on him. However, an enraged Bison appears and uses his power to knock him out, and then tosses him into the forest behind the battlefield. With no help at hand, Ryu takes on Bison alone and is beaten back. Ken regains consciousness, and discovers he cannot move his legs, but finally manages to climb to the top of a hill and witnesses Ryu's battle against Bison. Upon seeing this, Ken recalls his master's teachings of Neijia and the I Ching to heal his body and rejoins the battle. The two fight Bison viciously, and are initially no match for the Shadowlaw leader while fighting him in turns. Ultimately, Ryu and Ken work together to fire a combined Hadouken which strikes Bison directly in the chest and rockets him into the sky. However, the Hadouken immediately bounces back and hits Bison's VTOL jet, destroying it, but Bison himself is nowhere to be seen. E. Honda reemerges carrying the unconscious bodies of Guile and Balrog to witness the end of the spectacle.

Later that night, a combined Interpol and Military air strike successfully locates, and bombards Shadowlaw's main base of operations. Guile returns to the hospital and finds out that Chun-Li has recovered from her injuries (after she plays a practical joke on him).

Somewhere in the United States, Ryu and Ken bid farewell to each other, as Eliza arrives to pick Ken up. Ryu begins his journey anew. That is, until he sees a huge truck heading right for him with Bison, who survived the dual Hadouken, in the driver's seat. Ryu prepares for another round against the Shadowlaw leader.

Characters

Main

Character Japanese VA English VA
Ryu Kōjirō Shimizu Skip Stellrecht (Hank Smith)
Ken Masters 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)
Edmond Honda Daisuke Gōri Richard Epcar (Patrick Gilbert)
Dhalsim Yukimasa Kishino Don Carey
Cammy White Yōko Sasaki Debra Jean Rogers (S. J. Charvin)
Fei Long Masakatsu Funaki Phillip Williams
Dee Jay Ginzō Matsuo Beau Billingslea (John Hammond)
Thunder Hawk Shōzō Iizuka Steve Blum (Richard Cardona)
Blanka Unshō Ishizuka Tom Carlton
Zangief Tetsuo Kaneo William Johnson
Eliza (Ken's girlfriend) Hiromi Tsuru Toni Burke
Ken and Ryu's master Hideyo Amamoto George Celik
Old Scientist Chikao Ōtsuka Leo Gray

English versions

1995 home video version

Two English dubbed version were released directly to VHS and Laserdisc in 1995: a tamer, PG-13 version and an unrated version which contains, among other things, a slightly more revealing shower scene featuring Chun-Li that is still censored from the original Japanese version. The UK version contains the Chun-Li shower scene and all profanity and is rated 15 by the BBFC. 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 Japanese soundtrack consisting of J-Pop, orchestral, and Jazz with licensed, popular alternative, Western soundtrack from Korn, KMFDM, Alice in Chains and other bands, as well a new instrumental score.

2004 RELEASE

In 2004 Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie was ported on the Playstation 2 edition of Street Fighter Anniversary Collection as a special feature.

2006 DVD version

An Uncut, Uncensored, Unleashed DVD of the movie was released 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 Western 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 Western 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, the movie is presented in 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 two minutes.

Soundtrack

Japanese version

There were two CDs released in Japan of the soundtrack.

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

  1. Tetsuya Komuro – Fighting Street
  2. Tetsuya Komuro – "Plot"
  3. Big Life – "Cry"
  4. Tetsuya Komuro – "Enter VEGA"
  5. Ryoko Shinohara w Tetsuya Komuro – "Itoshisa To Setsunasa To Kokoro Tsuyosato"
  6. Tetsuya Komuro – "Battle-Blanka & Zangief"
  7. Alpha-Lyla – "Break!"
  8. Tetsuya Komuro – "Mission"
  9. Alpha-Lyla – "Kitsusuki Nagara Atsukunare"
  10. Tetsuya Komuro – "Assassination"
  11. Tetsuya Komuro – "Farewell – Ryu & Ken"
  12. Ryoko Shinohara w Tetsuya Komuro – "GooD LucK"
  13. Yōko Shimomura – "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

The Alternative/Grunge-oriented musical score for the English version was composed by Cory Lerios and John D'Andrea of Baywatch fame.

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

  • Capcom released an interactive movie game based on the film simply titled Street Fighter II Movie for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1995. The game involves the player taking the role of Shadowlaw's "monitor cyborgs", who would simply observe the events of the movie to collect move data from fighters. The game's fight sequences features an interface similar to Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Cyborg's Special Moves includes the Hadōken, the Shoryūken and the Tatsumaki Senpū Kyaku, as well as Ken's Super Combo from Super Turbo, the Shoryū Reppa.

Legacy

The success of this movie prompted Capcom to create the Street Fighter Alpha series and flesh out the backstory of many of the characters. Many elements from this movie that ended up in later games, include:

  • A thicker, more muscular look for Bison, a contrast from the slender version seen in the Street Fighter II series. Bison is also able to levitate and teleport while wearing his cape and beads, in keeping with the battle in the anime.
  • Ryu and Ken teaming up against Bison in a secret Dramatic Battle in the original Street Fighter Alpha. In the Japanese arcade version of the game, Street Fighter Zero, an instrumental QSound rendition of "Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kokorotsuyosa" is played instead of Bison's regular theme in the game.
  • The VTOL jet that Bison used in the movie is seen in many endings in the Alpha series. It is also seen in Bison's stage in Street Fighter Alpha 2.
  • The grass field in Australia where Ryu fights Sagat at the beginning of the movie is the stage for Sagat's final battle against Ryu in the Arcade mode of Street Fighter Alpha 2, complete with lightning in the background.
  • Ryu's red headband coming from Ken as a gift. This was shown in Ken's ending in Street Fighter Alpha 2.
  • Bison's mad scientist servant makes a cameo appearance in Bison's ending in Street Fighter Alpha 2.
  • Bison's ending in Alpha 2 is meant to parallel his capture and subsequent brainwashing of Ken in the film, but with Ryu in his place (and in Alpha 3, Ryu encounters Ken who was brainwashed by Bison during his story, fighting him before Bison himself).
  • In X-Men vs. Street Fighter and later games, Cammy will remove a red cloak similar to the one in the movie at the beginning of each match.
  • In his battle intros, Zangief also appears wearing the red cape he wears when he is first seen in the movie.
  • Ken's longer hair seen in flashbacks in the movie is the same style in which it appears in the games.
  • An "evil" version of Ken, called Violent Ken (洗脳されたケン Zennōsareta Ken ?, lit. "Brainwashed Ken"), appears in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos. He is Ken, while under the influence of M. Bison, similarly to Ken near the end of the film.

Film notes

  • Akuma makes a cameo appearance in the movie, sitting against a wall in Calcutta shortly before the assassination attempt. Fullscreen versions cut him out, however.
  • When Ken is driving on the highway, and is about to go head on with a semi-truck, the Capcom logo can be seen on its side.
  • While the name of Ryu and Ken's master is never spoken on-screen, it appears printed as "Goutetsu" when Ryu's and Ken's profiles are compared on a monitor. In the games' continuity, Gouken is Ryu and Ken's master, while Goutetsu is actually Gouken and Akuma's teacher.
  • During the English credits, Cammy's and Dee Jay's names are spelled "Cammie" and "DJ" respectively.
  • In the Japanese version before the battle between Chun-Li and Vega, Chun-Li is shown completely nude while taking a shower in her apartment (this was later added back in the uncut DVD).
  • At the end of the credits to the Japanese version, a small announcement about the live action Street Fighter film is shown, with a "Spring 1995" release for Japan.

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