2 really cool Street Fighter live-action shorts

The live-action short “Street Fighter: Legacy” was released yesterday, but I was surprised to find out there is another live-action short by another group, this one is called “Street Fighter: Beginnings End.”

Now, while both are different they share a similar story, Ryu vs Ken. Needles to say they are both really awesome and the closest you will get to a good adaptation, neither one of the last 2 Hollywood movies is even good, maybe good for the laughs but they had horrible adaptations.

Street Fighter: Legacy

Street Fighter-Legacy’ a Streetlight Films production, co-directed by Joey Ansah and Owen Trevor, produced by Jacqueline Quella and stars Jon Foo as Ryu and Christian Howard as Ken.

StreetFighter Legacy has been a labour of love and passion project for its creator, Joey Ansah, who not only conceived and pitched the project, but also co-directed, co-wrote and choreographed it, alongside cameo’ing in the film. Collaborating, creative partner and long time friend Christian Howard was part of the project from day one, co-writing the script and story elements, as well as further down the line, storyboarding the film, being assistant fight choreographer and most importantly playing Ken Masters.

Streetlight repped Australian Director Owen Trevor came onboard to co-direct the film. His experience and style carried forward from shooting on 3 series of the acclaimed ‘Top Gear’ have really been an asset to the project and given it a strong visual flair.

Street Fighter: Beginnings End

My team and I just finished our first game to live action short, based off of the popular Capcom franchise: Street Fighter. Its always pained us not to see the movies focus on the two most iconic characters from the series so we thought wed pay tribute to the epic fighters that Capcom have created and make a small short film demonstrating some of their talents; all the while showing a take on Ken and Ryu at their dojo before Ryu enters the World Warrior Tournament for the first time (Street Fighter 1 Territory).

The short consisted of a $400 (out of pocket) budget, was shot on the Canon EOS 7D, edited in Final Cut Pro and effects work done in Adobe After Effects. We hope you enjoy what we have put together! My dream is to make feature films that focus on video games/comics/anime and adapt them into a live action format. Im hoping this is a step in the right direction.

While I like both, I felt Beginnings End was a little more faithful to the moves used in the game. Now, I’m not saying Legacy was bad at all, in fact it was really well acted and the fight scene was just amazing, and I see they concentrated more in the fighting aspect than in the freaky powers/weird fighting moves.

On the other hand I like how Beginnings End made use of many of the characters’ known moves, like Ken’s rolling throw.

As for the overall special effects, they were both pretty good, of course they look like made for a TV show.

I hope the 2 teams would meet and maybe do a full-length collab, even if it’s just 30 min. long, and also this inspires some Hollywood director to come up with a real adaptation and not some stupid half-ass story to sell merchandise.

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