Update: Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist will be air in its entirety Friday, May 23, at 9:00AM PDT on Twitch. It will simultaneously be uploaded as a 12-episode mini-series to the Machinima YouTube channel. The positive buzz continues as exemplified in this writeup by Eliver "KillerKai" Ling, well known competitive fighting game player, martial artist, and stuntman. If you have the time, join the stream at 9 and watch how stream monsters react to a movie about a fighting game. Otherwise make sure to check out what can happen when fans take the reigns away from Hollywood later on YouTube.
Update: They just put out a new trailer along with the release date. The 12 episode series will be available in its entirety on Machinima beginning May 23. I'm glad (and very surprised) that they decided to put all 12 videos out at once rather than dole them out week-by-week or something similar. Anyways, here's the trailer that goes a lot more into the Gouki Goken Gotetsu stuff. Tatsumaki senpu kyaku!
Hey, do you guys remember Street Fighter: Legacy, that fan-made video from 2010 of Ryu and Ken fighting that was supposed to be a proof-of-concept for a live-action Street Fighter movie/series? Did you know that Capcom granted them the rights to do the film in 2012? Did you know that they started a Kickstarter for the now-dubbed Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist in early 2013 that was canceled (after receiving next-to-nothing in pledges) after it became irrelevant due to a number of investments from private backers? Did you know that it's finally going to be released, first as a 12-part mini-series of 11-12 minute episodes, starting next month on Machinima?
Well you do now.
The series is going to focus on the early lives of Ken and Ryu, their training under Gouken, and the history between Gouken, Gouki(Akuma), and their master Gotetsu. Impressions from early screenings have been positive, and if Assassin's Fist does well enough its creators are thinking about doing a follow-up series about the World Warriors. Their latest trailer focused on Ken has managed to bring my hype up to an insane level. Here it is:
I don't know what it is, but something about the "Shoryuken!" at the end keeps giving me goosebumps, and I've watched the trailer 5 times already. It's clear this isn't some mass-market Hollywood cash grab (*coff* Legend of Chun-Li [normally I'd link to Screened here /sadface] *coff*), but a film for people who love Street Fighter made by people who love Street Fighter.