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Street Fighter (거리의 무법자) is a 1992 Korean animated film directed by Sang Il Sim. The film is notable for being based on the popular Capcom fighting game franchise Street Fighter, though unauthorized by the developers.

PlotEdit

In the year 2010, after World War III, the world is devastated and most of the world's population does not survive. Soryong and Saeng spend their days playing Street Fighter II and fighting each other at the arcades, until one day Chun Li appears before them in real life and reveals that the two friends are the only ones that can stop Bison from taking over the world.[1]

ProductionEdit

The film was produced and animated by Daiwon Animation, and directed by Sang Il Sim. Daiwon was a popular animation studio often used by Japanese and Western producers, and have notably worked on series such as Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. The film features unauthorized cameos from other franchises, such as April O'Neil, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dracula and Frankenstein's monster.

ReleaseEdit

The film was released directly to VHS on September 4, 1992 in South Korea. It received a DVD re-release in 2007 by New Media under the Daiwon Classic Animation label alongside Sang Il Sim's Red Hawk. The movie never received an official release outside of South Korea, but has been uploaded to YouTube.

Differences from the video gameEdit

Many of the characters, as portrayed in this film, are very different from their video game counterparts. Ryu and Ken are completely absent; instead, the main protagonists are two ordinary teenagers named Yi Soryong and Saeng Yegal who dress up as the aforementioned characters. M. Bison has sunglasses, longer hair, a black cape and is associated with Swastikas instead of Shadaloo skulls. Blanka is portrayed as Dhalsim's pet, as opposed to a lone feral human.

ReceptionEdit

Although the film is largely unheard of due to never having been officially released outside of South Korea, it was featured on Hardcore Gaming 101 in 2010, who felt that "the animation is nothing to brag with, and at least 15 minutes of the film are boring BS, but the ridiculousness of it all makes it a good time watching nonetheless".[2]

The film was largely criticized for the low production values, the absence of Ryu and Ken, the uncharacteristic use of the game series' cast and the plot, which was deemed "nonsensical".

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