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15 Facts About Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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No matter how many times you’ve defeated M. Bison with a devastating spinning bird kick, you can always learn something new about Street Fighter.

1. Producer Ashok Amritraj had never heard of Street Fighter—his kids introduced him to the property and told him it might make a good movie. Amritraj disregarded the original 1994 film adaptation and envisioned The Legend of Chun-Li as a prequel to the Street Fighter II video game.

2. Director Andrzej Bartkowiak, on the other hand, cut his teeth on video game adaptations. Before The Legend of Chun-Li, he directed the 2005 big-screen version of the popular video game series Doom.

3. Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, who starred in the 1994 Street Fighter adaptation, received an offer to headline the sequel alongside his Universal Soldier co-star Dolph Lundgren. Van Damme turned down the offer because he thought his performance as Guile in the original was too embarrassing to repeat.

4. Robin Shou, who plays Gen in The Legend of Chun-Li, is no stranger to video game film adaptations. He appeared as Liu Kang in both Mortal Kombat movies and also played a character called “Pirate Leader” in the lesser-known video game movie DOA: Dead or Alive. The character he plays in The Legend of Chun-Li first appeared in the original Street Fighter game as a non-selectable character.

5. The original Street Fighter arcade game was released in 1987. But Chun-Li wasn’t introduced until 1991’s Street Fighter II.

6. Chun-Li’s name means “spring beauty” in Mandarin.

7. Street Fighter II also marked the first appearance of the villainous M. Bison; he was an unplayable boss character

8. Actor Neil McDonough based M. Bison’s mannerisms on mogul Richard Branson.

9. Vega is played by Taboo from the hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas. He wasn’t the only member of the group to make the jump to movies in 2009; Will.i.am appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine that same year.

10. The exterior of Chun-Li’s house—which was supposed to be located in Hong Kong—was actually filmed at one of the ancillary houses in Bangkok’s Grand Palace. The production was only given limited access to shoot on the lawn and the porch because of the building’s importance: it holds the ashes of four generations of Thai kings.  

11. The exterior of M. Bison’s Shadaloo headquarters is not a set. The production found the location at a university outside of Bangkok.

12. All of the guns that appear in the movie are real. The Thai government gave the production access to its arsenal.

13. The credits list different U.S. and Japanese names for three characters. In Japan, Vega is Balrog, M. Bison is Vega, and Balrog is M. Bison. The switcheroo stems from a potential personality rights issue from the video game. The original Japanese boxer character named M. Bison meant “Mike Bison,” a play on the name of real-life boxer Mike Tyson. When Street Fighter was released in America, the game’s developer, Capcom, rearranged the names to avoid a potential likeness lawsuit from Tyson.

14. Most of the fight scenes use extensive wirework coordinated by famed fight choreographer Dion Lam, who previously worked on the Matrix trilogy. In the alleyway fight scene, two 11-foot cranes held actress Kristen Kreuk, who plays Chun-Li, in place. Kreuk says her experience as a gymnast helped her get used to being suspended from the uncomfortable rig for hours at a time during shooting.

15. The filmmakers made sure to insert certain characters’ signature moves from the video games into the movie, including Chun-Li’s “spinning bird kick” in the nightclub fight and M. Bison’s “power punch and kick” during the final battle. Chun-Li’s wardrobe and hairstyle during the nightclub scene were meant as an homage to the look of the video game character as well.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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Your $10 Donation Can Help an Underprivileged Child See A Wrinkle in Time for Free
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Theater chain AMC is teaming with the Give a Child the Universe initiative to help underprivileged kids see A Wrinkle in Time for free through ticket donations. The initiative was started by Color of Change, a nonprofit advocacy group that designs “campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.”

"Color of Change believes in the power of images and supports those working to change the rules in Hollywood so that inclusive, empathetic and human portrayals of black people and people of color are prominent on the screen,” the initiative’s executive director, Rashad Robinson, said in a statement:

Director Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is the perfect subject for the group because, as Robinson puts it, “By casting a black teenage actress, Storm Reid, as the heroine at the center of this story, the filmmakers and the studio send a powerful message to millions of young people who will see someone like them embracing their individuality and strength to save the world.”

The movie touts a diverse cast that includes Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. The most important member of the cast, though, is 14-year-old Storm Reid, who plays the main character Meg Murry, a young girl who tries to save her father (Pine) who is trapped in another dimension. The movie is based on the acclaimed 1962 fantasy novel by author Madeleine L'Engle.

If you’d like to donate a ticket (or more), you can just head over to the Give a Child the Universe website and pledge an amount. AMC will provide one ticket to children and teens nationwide for every $10 given to the cause.

And if you’re interested in seeing the movie yourself, A Wrinkle in Time opens on March 9, 2018.

[h/t E! Online]

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