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Kristin Kreuk in The Legend of Chun-Li

You can count the people who can beat me in Street Fighter with one hand whenever I use Chun-Li. One of them is Glen while playing as Guile. Rocky on the other hand can barely escape my Chun-Li's clothesline and spinning bird kick. So when Capcom released Kristin Kreuk's first picture as Chun-Li last May 2008, I'm one of the guys who drooled for days.

Click here for the high resolution Kristin Kreuk's Chun-Li picture

While we're all drooling on Kristin Kreuk's hi-res Chun-Li picture, let me quote 2 questions from the official Street Fighter Movie production blog. Here are also more production pictures of Kristin Kreuk and Robin Shou. Robin Shou who played Lui Kang in the Mortal Kombat movies will be playing the role of Chun-Li's master, Gen.

“Are Ken and Ryu appearing in this film?”

Producer Patrick Aiello: There are just way too many characters in the Street Fighter universe to cram them all into one film. We want to do each one the justice he/she deserves. So, in short, Ken and Ryu will not be appearing in this film. But, that doesn’t mean we wont see our red and white-clad heroes in potential sequels...

“What kind of tone is the film going to have? Are you going for camp, or realism? Are the characters going to be donning their original costumes from the video games?”

Alright. Regarding the tone, I’m pleased to say we are certainly not going for camp or cheese or any kind of laughs. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into the making of this film, and, you’re gonna see a lot of those ON film as well. While we’re definitely not trying to make the next Citizen Kane, we are going for a somewhat more realistic, gritty, dramatic , and oh yes, action-packed direction than you might expect. In turn, I think we’re going to give you a much more satisfying film.

Now, as a result of this approach, it’d be silly to put Neal McDonough’s Bison in a bright red suit and captain’s hat with a pair of humongous shoulder pads. It works great in the video game, but in real life, it just wouldn’t look intimidating. The same can be said for Balrog. He’s an enforcer. A killer. A take-no-shit brawler to the core. And so, how scary would he be on screen if he beat people up with boxing gloves and a pair of blue short-shorts?

All that said, do not worry. We haven’t turned a blind eye on the game we all know and love. At some point, Chun Li will sport her trademark buns (the ones in her HAIR!) and of course, Vega’s still got the mask and claw, for starters.

(Jackie Chan as Chun-Li in City Hunter)

That's it folks, it's official. We will see Chun-Li's hair buns in the movie. Hair buns only. No sexy costumes :~( Jackie Chan would have been very proud :~)

But it's nice to know that geeky Olivia Munn played Chun-Li in Complex Magazine's Halloween special.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is scheduled for a 2009 release.


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