At a Street Fighter event in Japan last month, a handful of Chun-Li cosplayers assembled for a costume contest. But the winner was a surprise—the big beefy guy who dressed up like Street Fighter tough guy Zangief.
Model Kayo Satoh, pinup Yuka Kuramochi and actress Mai Hino couldn’t top bodybuilder Taichi Shimizu as the Red Cyclone.
Producers actually wanted Shimizu to cosplay as Chun-Li, but he’d only agree to join the contest if he could dress up like the Soviet smasher.
Watch the contest below. (It starts around 8:18:03)