Street Fighter

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia; Starring: Ming-Na, Kylie Minogue; Director: Steven E. De Souza

Raul Julia’s death last October put a formidable damper on the box office performance of this big-budget Christmas release, and a respectable action movie got hurt in the process. As the mercenary in charge of liberating hostages from the megalomaniacal General Bison (Julia), Jean-Claude Van Damme finds a showcase for his comic skills in Street Fighter. Although it’s obvious why audiences failed to go see a fit young Belgian kick the butt of a dying middle-aged leading man, video rentals and the passage of time may finally allow this game spin-off to find an audience. B+

Originally posted June 16 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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