When it comes to YouTube content creators, I have my favourites, the go-to channels that I will frequent with enthusiasm. As the point of interests are so vastly represented, if we focus purely on the entertainment genre my patronage is dedicated to action and pop culture, specifically the great Scott Adkins and his iconic ART OF ACTION interviews; and even more broadly the upcoming brilliance of Viking Samurai, whose productions are so diverse and equally incredible.When it comes to movie reviews, I venture to Ryan Hollinger’s indepth video essays and addicting Irish accent. By contrast Rossatron’s analysis of films possess a level of focus that is unmatched; a similar high-quality element is evident in the works of Accented Cinema who specializes in movies from the Far East. Let’s not forget Canadian Brandon Tenold, whose reviews of cult movies are done with a supremely sardonic comedy that is always entertaining. Then there is ofcourse Oliver Harper from the UK, whose output is characteristically British in its design with production of his reviews being sophisticated and thoughtful. Being an Englishman, Oliver Harper presents absolute refinement and clinical precision in his comprehensive video essays. There is a clear structure to each of his reviews, but this a time-honoured format that his viewers (like myself) do appreciate. In fact, his recent production ‘IN SEARCH OF THE LAST ACTION HEROES’ not only features the aforementioned Adkins as well as (but not limited to) action heroes like Phillip Rhee, Cynthia Rothrock and even famed Directors like Paul Veerhoven, Sheldon Lettich and Joey Ansah. In addition to this highly anticipated documentary movie, Harper recently unveiled a trailer for ‘HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER’ a documentary focused on the rise of Capcom’s ground breaking ‘STREET FIGHTER 2.’ As with all of Harper’s productions, this one looks to be high quality, well produced and very much in the sights of gamers worldwide. Possessing a clear 90s aesthetic, the trailer brings on a wave of nostalgia whilst pumping the enthusiasm of the audience; quite simply this looks awesome. This project will be crowd funded via Indie Gogo, and the details of which have been included below. From a critical and more educated standpoint, it is clear that the Japanese developers make the best one-on-one fighting games. The versions of Street Fighter 2 onwards possess a more nuanced tempo, more refined mechanics and a decisive methodology that makes it ideal for the competitive arena – it’s why the best fighting players in the world focus on fighting games birthed in the Land of the Rising Sun.
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Confusion And Frustration Stir As Machinima Botches STREET FIGHTER: RESURRECTION Release On Amazon Prime
Actor and filmmaker Joey Ansah is front and center this week in the wake of Machinima’s mismanged Amazon Prime release of the four-part live-action minseries, Street Fighter: Resurrection. On Tuesday, Ansah took to his fanpage on Facebook to share a fantastic alternative promotional one-sheet for the series, in addition to announcing the news pertaining to the series’s accidental upload and subsequent removal from Amazon Prime branches in the U.K., German and Japan in the wake of its North American availability this week.
“Despite SFR also appearing available to view on UK, JP & DE Amazon Prime yesterday, this was in fact an upload error by Machinima/Amazon and the series has been taken down in those locations.” says Ansah. “SFR will not be available on Amazon in any country other than U.S.A. How such an upload error is even possible on such a huge platform is beyond us. We are launching an investigation into how such a foul up happened.”
Following the five-year long, evolutionary success of Ansah’s 2014 webseries/feature film release, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Machinima insisted its own interest in collaborating with Ansah on a project in lieu of Capcom’s game release, “Street Fighter V”. Together with a solidified deal to present the film on Verizon’s go90 mobile application, Machinima fully financed and thereby debuted Street Fighter: Resurrection, with arbitrary control over its global distribution. As such, the series was made available solely to U.S. consumers, much to the chagrin of the worldwide fanbase Ansah accrued. Machinima and AMC Internatarional Partners Iberia also announced a package deal to release the series on a diverse gaming network for audiences in Spain and Portugal.
“Unlike SFAF, Machinima fully financed SFR and as a result control all international distribution.” Ansah adds. “We were initially led to believe during production of SFR that the series would be as easily viewable internationally by our fans as SFAF was. This turned out not to be the case, despite continued protests by us.”
Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist stars, actors Mike Moh and Christian Howard reprise their roles for the show which introduces actor and martial artist Alain Moussi (Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kickboxer: Retaliation), leading the story of two warriors of Hadou, and a fledgeling martial arts heiress who find themselves swept into an reanimated supersoldier’s mission to thwart the sale of a deadly weapon being engineered and sold by a criminal mastermind thought to be long dead. Martial arts and stunt exponents, actresses Natasha Hopkins and Katrina Durden (Marvel’s Doctor Strange) also star with appearances by Amy Johnston (Lady Bloodfight) and multi-decorated martial artist and instructor, actor Silvio Simac (Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing, Transporter 3).
“The SFAF and SFR creative team are fully aware of how frustrating, strange, restrictive and disenfranchising the release of SFR has been to the people who matter: YOU, our fans.” continued Ansah in an emphatic apology to fans. “Believe us when we say we are deeply sorry and share your frustration and have long since gone collectively bald from tearing our hair out. We have learnt from this unfortunate situation and assure you any future SF live action productions from us will NOT be in partnership with companies that cannot guarantee a transparent, easy to access distribution. Thanks for your understanding and continued support and please keep faith in us.”
Updates currently remain pending on the progress behind Street Fighter: World Warrior which tentatively has Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist producer Jacqueline Quella and co-producer Mark Wooding attached as of the announcement in 2014. Stay tuned for more updates as things develop.
UK Indie Graphic Novel Style Actioner WE ARE SAMURAI Casts ‘Street Fighter’ Series Star Koieyama Akira
Exclusive: Mercs helmer Michael Morris is ready to seugue onward with his latest period thriller, We Are Samurai from Basement Act Productions. The project has been in active development in the last few months with a pre-production teaser promo for the film currently pending.
Story details are not being disclosed but the film is described as a graphic novel-style action movie in the vein of 300, as hinted at in the graphic below. Actor Koieyama Akira is the first listed to star in the film and no specifics have been given about the role apart from what is suggested in the above image, although the announcement also highlights the project as something that has never been done before.
Koieyama, who landed a co-starring antagonist role in the fourth and final season of Cinemax series, Strike Back and is due to appear in Chee Keong Cheung’s upcoming action horror, Redcon-1, is ingrained in various styles and aspects of armed and unarmed martial arts, including Karate in which he holds a 2nd-Dan black belt. The project will be his latest reuinion with the film’s designated fight choreographer, producer Joe Hallett since Joey Ansah’s 2014 live-action series success, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist in which Koieyama co-starred and Hallett performed stunts.
Tony Banham who co-stars in actor and filmmaker Marcus Shakesheff’s bilateral debut in Kamikaze and in Ara Paiaya’s upcoming Instant Death is also producing with plans to roll cameras in the summer. Follow the We Are Samurai page on Facebook for further details and stay tuned for more info!
Dear SFAF fans. Street Fighter: Resurrection is a highly ambitious, action packed, live-action mini series which serves as a narrative prologue to the events of SFV. With the new game coming out and interest from both Machinima and Capcom for me to make a tie in, I couldn’t pass up such an exciting prospect to leap forward a decade after the events of Assassin’s Fist and write and direct a very contemporary part of the SF mythos. Featuring old faithful characters and brand new ones. The same level of detail and authenticity has gone into SFR as it has SFAF. I want to also address the subject of STREET FIGHTER: WORLD WARRIOR. Your passion and demand for seeing the direct narrative follow up to SFAF is understandable and heart warming. I spent most of this year completing detailed story development and structure for World Warrior. To pull together a production of that huge scale takes time. So rest assured SFWW is still coming! and to fill the gap until it is ready, you have SFR to look forward to. Trust me it will Shun Goku Satsu your senses. ~ Joey Ansah
UPDATE: The contest has expired as of 12:00pm, EST on 5/7
You know you stink when you spend millions of bucks on a video game adaptation when smaller-scale, independent efforts tend to stand out, as has always been the case with the highly popular Street Fighter franchise from Capcom. Machinima’s launch of Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist back in May was only the latest attempt at an episodic series with feature-length quality following its 2010 concept short, Street Fighter Legacy.
Just a year after Legacy, however, things were brewing in another corner of the world where filmmaker Vahe Gabuchian began turning out a few of his own contributions to Capcom’s famed property, beginning with 2011’s Balrog: Behind The Glory, an origin short story focused on the titular character’s roots as an upcoming champion gone rogue and ultimately working for the international terrorist organization, Shadowloo.
At its core, Gabuchian‘s vision takes much more on the identity of a contemplative fight drama than anything else. On any given day, fans would probably complain, and maybe some have. Clearly however, none of that matters, since obviously a certain amount of approval would ultimately garner the need for a second offering from the likes of Gabuchian and his ilk over at Chubby Boy Films.
Evidently, fans did get a follow-up a few months ago in July when Twitch TV streamed Gabuchian’s new short, Matador, on the second day of EVO 2014. Here, the story focuses on a young boy’s loss of innocence in the years following the death of his mother, and the vengeful, anti-heroic assassin he became known as, Vega.
While there are some usual budgetary restrictions, Gabuchian and screenwriter Brett D. Bayonne still manage to turn out two awesomely good short stories. Sure, 1994 and 2009 weren’t exactly the best of times, but clearly, the internet is boundless with content creators and inspired artists to follow their passions. As such, both Street Fighter fan films achieve what they set out to, and very healthily I might add if you’re a Street Fighter fan, you might approve.
Hey Gabuchian, don’t ever change, if only for the greater good!
*Special thanks to actor Loren Avedon (King Of The Kickboxers, No Retreat No Surrender 3) for posting about this!
For starters, to simply address the overwhelming support drawn for creative duo, actors Joey Ansah and Christian Howard‘s new online webseries release of Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist would be nothing short of an understatement. The phenomenon has captured the hearts of any growing number of thousands of fans this year and in the years since the journey began to reclaim the rightful cinematic vision for Capcom’s highly popular video game franchise, and it’s finally heading to television, DVD, Blu-Ray and VoD platforms soon. And as much support as there has been for the series, it was only a matter of time before sequel-hungry fans got the update they were waiting for.
That update finally came on Friday night as Ansah attended San Diego Comic-Con to promote the current series in accordance with publicity for the forthcoming production booklet. Fans have also been generating further publicity for the series’ official Facebook platform offering questions for the page’s weekly episodic Q and A forum for fans as the summer progresses, while Ansah and select cast and crew, namely series actors Mike Moh and Gaku Space join him on the road.
Needless to say, many of the any questions pertained to when Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist would move its initial story forward with a second season. On Friday night, Capcom gave fans the annoncement they needed, with reports from Variety confirming season two development. Set to release sometime in late 2015 or early 2016, Street Fighter: World Warrior will re-introduce Moh and Howard respectively as Ryu and Ken, the iconic purveyors of Ansatsuken – the style passed on to them in the previous season by master Goken, played by actor Akira Koieyama.
Following the events of Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Ansah is returning to write and direct the new season which will expand the story which Ansah explained during a panel at SDCC on Friday. “The scale of ‘World Warrior’ is much larger, picking up where ‘Assassin’s Fist’ left off as we follow Ryu and Ken on their ‘Musha Shugyo’ (warrior’s pilgrimage),” said Ansah, who also starred as Akuma in the first season. “The Shadaloo criminal cartel will be introduced, led by the extremely dangerous M.Bison, which will naturally lead into the World Warrior tournament,”.
Accordingly, the new series will expand to the stories will characters from the classic game franchise, namely prominent Muay Thai fighter, Sagat, U.S. Air Force Major Guile, and expert martial artist and vengeful interpol agent Chun-Li. Further developments are needed on how the new season will achieve its goal, but producer Jacqueline Quella and co-producer Mark Wooding offered a few statements of their own at the SDCC panel. “We demonstrated with ‘Assassin’s Fist’ that an authentic, live-action version of videogames, with a compelling and dramatic storyline, can be made,” said Quella. “We’ll be taking the same approach with the new series.”. Wooding added “There are some big and primal themes which we’ll be exploring in the sequel, …It will be thrilling and naturally, as befits the game, the fights will be epic, but it will be driven by the characters, their stories, faults and problems. It will be a dark tale.”.
The first season took relatively around three years to take off after Ansah and fellow filmmaker Owen Trevor broke ground with the 2010 release of the conceptual shortfilm hit, Street Fighter Legacy. The project took a big step forward with further Comic-Con announcements in 2012 through a crowdsourcing effort in early 2013 before earning the blessing of outside investors, essentially setting the first season in stone.
Sixteen months, a full first season with over sixteen million YouTube views on Machinima and over five-hundred thousand Facebook fans later, the franchise that became a household name for generations of gaming culture is well on its way to coming full circle. More notably, if earlier hype proves positive, martial arts action fans could very well see the reunion of Ansah and Howard with action star and Green Street 3 lead actor, Scott Adkins as a potential casting choice for Guile. And considering the formula by which the casting, design and creative process has been executed, Adkins’ possible addition to the series would be a remarkable sign of the extra serious talent fans will see when the team behind Street Fighter: World Warrior commenses filming. And Capcom’s blessing only enhances the awesome here much further.
“We are delighted to be working again with the team that did such an excellent job with ‘Street Fighter: Assassins Fist,” said Matt Dahlgren, associate director of brand marketing at Capcom. “The response to it has been amazing, and working with filmmakers who are so passionate about the game is an extremely rewarding process.”
The big question now is will the production be able to confirm Adkins, granted he will be available between his other film and martial arts instructional obligations? Or will another worthy actor be summoned to channel the Major’s sonic boom? Also, which actors and actress do you believe will best suit the appearances of Chun-Li, Sagat and the arbiter of the Psycho Crusher himself, M. Bison?
City On Fire reports that Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist arrives on North American DVD and Blu-Ray from FUNimation on October 24, 2014.
Stay tuned for more info!
Fine Films holds the rights in Japan.
If you noticed any glitches while surfing the internet for cat videos on YouTube about a week and a half ago, that may have likely been martial artist, actor, writer and director Joey Ansah initiating his plans for world domination with his new hit online webseries, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, which has earned up to well around 10 million views in total since its debut on the Machinima YouTube. And not for nothing either, as the series, long in development since its early days as the 2010 proof-of-concept shortfilm, Street Fighter Legacy, has solidified itself as a cult phenomenon around the world, earning nothing short of upworthy praise from critics and hardcore fans of the original Capcom video game franchise from which it is based.
I remember when 1993 or ’94 came when Jean-Claude Van Damme was entering the peak of his career with Capcom’s first live-action theatrical interpretation of the Street Fighter universe that saw military character Guile as the lead. To some, including myself, it was good for its time despite not even coming close to owning up to the source material, and mainly because it was a kids’ film, geared toward young teens who liked Van Damme movies and appealed to watching actors in Street Fighter costumes imitating characters from the game.
Nearly four years after multi-faceted actor and director Joey Ansah and co-director Owen Trevor fireballed the interwebs with the impressive three-minute short film, Street Fighter: Legacy, online platform Machinima will be hosting the next level of that very conception with a new series that aspires to surpass all expectations…and, of course, for which we have ourselves a FINAL trailer!