Street Fighter

As a scriptwriter, Steven E de Souza made his name with Die Hard and its sequel; on the strength of this directorial debut, the day-job option would seem the better bet. Like many before him, director de Souza falls foul of transferring a necessarily repetitive computer game to the big screen: instead of a fluid narrative, we have a stop-start plot with too many heroes, multiple plot threads, and virtually no suspense or excitement. Having taken 63 hostages, renegade warlord General M Bison (Julia) demands a hefty ransom. Colonel Guile (Van Damme) and more than a dozen multi-ethnic heroes then try to penetrate the defences of Bison's impregnable hi-tech fortress. Julia (in his final role) hams it up shamelessly as the camp commandant, but not even his suave presence and throwaway quips can save this noisy, brainless mess.

Release details

Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steven E De Souza
Screenwriter: Steven E De Souza
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme
Raul Julia
Ming-na Wen
Damian Chapa
Kylie Minogue
Simon Callow
Roshan Seth
Wes Studi
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