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Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Launches Kickstarter Campaign, Announces Cast Members

The Street Fighter franchise is finally poised to make a comeback in the world of cinema after a long and rather depressing history.  As you may recall, last Summer we received the rather exciting news that Capcom had given the team behind the short film Street Fighter: Legacy the ok to move forward with a full-on series.  Dubbed Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, the series is still moving forward but now it needs a little help from the gaming community via Kickstarter.

Having obtained the license to do a series based upon Street Fighter, the team behind Assassin’s Fist hasn’t been given a boatload of money to bring Ken & Ryu to life; thus they need a little bit of help.  With a good portion of the financial backing already secured, filmmakers Joey Ansah and Christian Howard have launched a Kickstarter campaign to secure the funding that’s required to keep the project afloat.

In what could be the ultimate “put your money where your mouth is” moment for gamers, the Kickstarter campaign for Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is currently seeking a goal of £625,000 (roughly around $900,000).  Still a rather large sum of money, it will ultimately go in the right hands since the work Joey and Christian did in SF: Legacy proved that they know how to translate the franchise to live-action without it either being incredibly corny or lose what it truly is in the process.

Even though Assassin’s Fist has yet to officially secure all of its funding, the project is nonetheless moving forward in every production facet – including casting.  Aside from Christian Howard returning to reprise the role Ken, several newcomers will be joining the world of Street Fighter.  Replacing actor John Foo, who portrayed Ryu in SF: Legacy, will be actor/martial artist Mike Moh.  A relative newcomer, Mike certainly has the skills to be an impressive and fully believable Ryu.

Also joining the cast of Assassin’s Fist will be actor Kyle Pryor in the role of Mr. Masters, Ken’s father.  Representing the teacher of Ryu and Ken will be Akira Koieyama in the role of Gouken, and Togo Igawa (Speed Racer) will assume the mantle of Gotetsu.  All together it appears that the cast of Assassin’s Fist strikes a nice balance between actors who are more than suitable for the physical side of things all while having some true acting chops.

For a lot of Street Fighter fans it has been way too long since the franchise has been properly represented in a live action endeavor. It’s never easy to adapt a video game, but unlike Mortal Kombat, which now has two passable entries, Street Fighter has absolutely nothing except for the ever cheesy movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.  If you were a huge fan of Street Fighter: Legacy then now is the chance to show your support and help make Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist a reality.

Stay tune to Shogun Gamer early next week as I’ll be posting an extensive interview with series co-creator/director Joey Ansah.