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Kristen Kreuk on Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li

Published February 27, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
The 1994 Street Fighter movie took a fantasy approach to the video game. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li attempts to be more grounded in reality, at least the way star Kristin Kreuk approached it.

Kristen Kreuk Talks Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

"I think it’s really important, at least in this story, to be earnest with the characters because you want people to relate to them while they go through the movie," Kreuk said. "I think it’s really important that the fighting is really good, but you want to be able to root for the individual, and that means that the character has got to be relatable, in some way. If they’re really over-the-top, it’s harder to relate to them, in this style of a movie. If it was something else, I think it would be different."

There are still wild fights, including some trademark Chun-Li moves, but Kreuk saw the film's hero journey. "She starts off, in the movie, very young and she loses both of her parents. She loses her mom around 20 years old, and becomes very angry and wants to go and get revenge on the guy who took her father, when she was just a young girl. And then, she ends up on this spiritual path, where she seeks out a master, and she learns to let go of her attachments so that she can see a greater good because her attachments are blinding her sight. That way, she can go out and actually fight for something, and understand what it is she’s fighting for."

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Though she had some wire training from Smallville, learning movie fight choreography was a crash course. "The hardest choreography was really the stuff that we did last second. So the Vega fight I just learned on the spot because Dion [Lam] does that. He's like, 'And now you're going to do this.' And it's like, 'Okay then, Dion.' That one was really challenging and we didn't get all of it in. There was more he wanted to do based on the stuff that he had drawn up, but we didn't have time to shoot it because of the rain unfortunately."

Other times, Kreuk just slipped into the choreography naturally. "I think the alley fight, there's a three kick thing in there with the three guys and that's all on a wire. I trained that for a while though so I could get it to look right."

Some fights were just a hassle from the moment they were conceived, such as one where Kreuk wears Chun-Li's trademark blue dress and fights Cantana (Josie Ho). "That was the first fight we shot and me and Josie just went at it I guess. It was in heels and dresses which is a lot harder. That one was fun. We had a good time doing that, Josie and I. We just went in there and tried to just look like we were really beating each other up. I think I bruised her a little bit though."

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li is out in theaters now.

For the trailers, stills, posters, review and more movie info, go to the Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li Movie Page.

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