Sam Firstenberg is no stranger to B-movie fans. One of his first directorial efforts was a personal favorite of mine, “Revenge of the Ninja“. Thankfully, he continued that ninja streak and only took a short break from that genre to film one of the masterpieces of American cinema with “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo“. “American Ninja” was next on his plate, and he took an up and coming actor in Michael Dudikoff and made him a B-movie star. Today I take a look at the sequel – American Ninja 2: The Confrontation!
What do you get when you mix a blaxploitation kung-fu movie and an Asian horror movie? You get Gang Wars, a weird combination of bad fight choreography, drug dealers and a monster movie all rolled up in to one.
Back in 1991, the arcade game Street Fighter II was probably the biggest thing going in video games. I remember taking $5 every couple days up to my local arcade “The Red Baron” and pounding every single quarter into that machine, trying to figure out and master the special moves for each character. The one character that really drew my attention was Guile, the American Special Ops soldier who had a mean blonde flattop haircut (I had a flattop too, so I thought this was super rad). I’m sure my daily $5 addiction helped fuel the millions upon millions of dollars that both the arcade games and each iteration of the console version of the game put on Capcom’s (the company that made SFII) bottom line. And in 1994, it eventually convinced them that their game was popular enough cross over from nerdy obsession (like mine), to big budget Hollywood live action movie called Street Fighter. Unfortunately, they probably made arguably one of the worst movies based on a video game that the world would ever see.
Not to be confused with Sonny Chiba’s “The Street Fighter”, Street Fighter: The Movie is a 1994 film starring Jean Claude Van Damme based on the classic fighting game “Street Fighter II”. What Street Fighter II lacks in the way of story, Street Fighter: The Movie makes up in ridiculousness. Check it out:
Keep tuned to this site for an upcoming review of Street Fighter: THE MOVIE!