SF writer comments on films Chun-Li focus

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Street Fighter movie writer Justin Marks has spoken out to hopefully ease worries of people who have complained about Chun-Li being the focus of the new Street Fighter film. He reveals that choosing her as a lead was not because he wanted the film “blatantly sexualised.” He instead wanted to tell a story with “heart and soul” and he believes using Chun-Li story as the focus is the best way to do this

First, I’ve never seen a successful action movie (in my mind) that blatantly sexualised its female lead and succeeded for its audience; Catwoman, Elektra, the list goes on and on,” Justin Marks proclaimed to JoBlo. “Then I think back to The Terminator, or possibly my all-time favourite movie, Aliens, and I think of how Ripley is depicted in that film. She’s a tough woman, but not because she came from a place of wearing tight pants and beating up men. She’s tough because she had this core emotional story about a life that could have been and never was. To me, that’s the way you write a woman in these kinds of movies.

We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure Chun-Li is not just a sex object fantasy for people’s desktop backgrounds,” continued Marks. “That was something Kristin made very clear, and we’re honoured that she’s willing to go that route, because it’s one of the factors that’s going to elevate this above adolescent video-game adaptation