In the year 2000, the Street Fighter Alpha animated movie was released— it was directed by Yamauchi Shigeyasu who worked on the Digimon movie and several Dragonball films.
This is one of my most favorite films ever. It’s one of the few pieces of Street Fighter media that really tries to give emotional context to the great fighters Ryu and Ken. It even introduces an all-new, original character, Shun— Ryu’s little brother.
Shun had been separated from Ryu at a young age.
When Shun reunites with his big brother Ryu after searching for him. He reveals that Ryu’s mother had passed away. Shun even brings some of their mother’s old cooking recipes to Ryu(— since he has been isolated, training in the mountains.)
This relationship between Ryu and Shun brings a lot of depth to the lone warrior. Its hard to describe but you really should check it out. The film has really awesome fight scenes but does not hold back on emotional and dramatic scenes connecting the iconic world warriors together.
The movie focuses on Ryu’s battle with the Dark Hadou, overcoming the evil energy that consumed Akuma.
The music is so beautiful that you could just let it play in the background while you do your usual chores around the house.
Listen to this track called “Chun Li”
Or check out the first track on the album appropriately titled “Ryu’s Kindness”:
The film is beautifully paced and has some equally good voice acting as well.
A friendly reminder to go check out the movie if you haven’t already— at the very least give the soundtrack a spin. This is definitely the most underrated of Street Fighter films. — you won’t’ be disappointed..