Filipina Celeb Paloma Esmeria Cosplays Chun-Li from Street Fighter

Gaming has long outpaced movies and music in the US. Now cosplay, a hobby closely related to gaming culture, is officially mainstream in the Philippines. While hardcore otaku like Alodia Gosiengfiao will always rule the hearts of Filipino geeks with their elaborate costumes and passionate portrayals, less geeky players are now unleashing their own inner otaku.

First Kyo Ritu Art enabled anyone to become a cosplayer for a day, from costume to photoshoot. Now mainstream Filipina celebrity Paloma Esmeria cosplays Chun-Li from from the Street Fighter series of fighting games.

She won’t win any international competitions with that costume, but she sure looks like she’s having fun. Click here to continue reading “Filipina Celeb Paloma Esmeria Cosplays Chun-Li from Street Fighter”…

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Trailer

The imposing evil overlord Bison has been reduced to a blond wheeler-dealer with a goatee. The idealistic narcissist nobleman Vega has been reduced to a goon in a ninja suit. The brutal mercenary boxer Balrog has been reduced to some dude who fires rocket launchers.

Even Bison’s threatening catchphrase, “Anyone who opposes me will be destroyed,” has been reduced to the nonthreatening statement “You will not stop me.”

As revealed in this first trailer, every character in the upcoming Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li has been thoroughly douched up and dumbed down for Hollywood audiences. Despite games rapidly outpacing movies and movies frantically taking ideas from games, Hollywood still takes a condescending attitude towards video game characters. It’s Van Damme’s Street Fighter movie all over again, minus Raul Julia’s enjoyably megalomanic Bison.