Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

Now is the time of year when my wife and kids go back to Japan for a major portion of the summer, so I find myself with lots of (i.e. too much) free time. While I always have goals of doing something productive, it usually ends up with me playing lots of video games and watching lots of shows or movies.

So I just finished watching a web series called Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Basically it’s 12 10-minute episodes, so total it’s about the length of a full-length film. And I really enjoyed watching it. I’m not extremely knowledgeable about the back story and such of the Street Fighter characters just that Ryu and Ken both use a style called 暗殺拳 (ansatsu ken or assassin’s fist), and that they were both best friends and rivals. I also knew that there was a 3rd character that used the same style named Akuma (Japanese for demon), and that he was antagonist of some sort. That was about it.

Anyway, I was really impressed when I saw it. It wasn’t silly and campy like the old Street Fighter movie with Raul Julia. The dialog is mostly Japanese with subtitles, and in fact all of the Japanese characters are actual Japanese actors, with the sole exception of Ryu played by Asian American Mike Moh. Even then both him and Ken regularly speak Japanese in the show. Overall I’d say that it’s probably the best film based off a video game that I’ve ever seen. If you played Street Fighter back in your youth, I think you’ll like this.

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4 Responses to Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist

  1. Spencer says:

    Sounds cool, I look forward to watching it.

  2. KML says:

    Greetings from Salamanca where I am learning me some Spanish. Glad you are getting some well deserved time off. Come visit in Scotland some day!

  3. admin says:

    Good to hear from you, Mitch. I keep on hoping that I’ll have a business trip to Europe at some point so I could take a few days off to swing by and see you, but it hasn’t happened yet. My group fairly regularly has trips to Belgium, but I haven’t had even one yet.

  4. admin says:

    I actually did! It took me a few years, but we finally got there and visited you. It was a great visit!

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