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Chun-LiThe latest attempt at forging a live action film franchise based on Capcom's Street Fighter series of video games, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, is about to be unleashed on the world, and Sci Fi Wire sat down with the latest actress to take on the role Chun-Li, Kristin Kreuk, to discuss a variety of film-related topics.  It's more promotional fluff for a movie with low expectations, but one thing that she said regarding the famous Chun-Li costume stood out:

How did it feel to wear the blue dress and have your hair in the buns?

Kreuk: It felt fine. It's hard to fight in that stuff, really hard to fight in heels and a dress, because I was used to having pants, and I could move more and I was more flexible. They made the dress loose on purpose so that we could fit pads in it and do a lot more movement. The buns are cute. I felt like a 2-year-old, but they were cute.

Here's the problem with trying to create a realistic Street Fighter film: since the game's explosive moves are entirely unrealistic at best and physically impossible at worst (Kikoken fireballs tossed from the palm of one's hand?  Spinning Bird Kicks that defy gravity?), the only way to visually tie the film to the game is with the use of recognizable costumes.  If you take Chun-Li's lightning legs and qipao away from her, then she's not really Chun-Li anymore, is she?  The new film makes this sort of misstep with M. Bison by dressing him in a business suit instead of his iconic military garb.  Take away his stylish red dictator hat with the snazzy Shadoloo skull logo and he's just not that intimidating anymore.  Want proof?  Check out Bison's alternate costume from the new Street Fighter IV.  Do you even recognize him without his hat?  Do you still fear him without it?  I think not. 

(Chun-Li image from Street Fighter Galleries, for all your World Warrior image needs)

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