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Fist of the North Star


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  • Actors: Gary Daniels, Malcolm McDowell, Costas Mandylor, Downtown Julie Brown, Dante Basco
  • Directors: Tony Randel
  • Writers: Tony Randel, Buronson, Peter Atkins, Tetsuo Hara
  • Producers: Aki Komine, Joel Soisson, Mark Yellen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US7MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fist of the North Star" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

This DVD is 90 minutes and is based on a comic book series .The fate of mankind rests with the legendary warrior Kensh iro, who bears the mantle of the Fist of the North Star. He must roam the wastelands of our future waging a battle aga inst overwhelmi

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This is the worst movie I have ever seen.
Johann Hollar
The story is horrible, acting is horrible, set is horrible, and for an action movie, the action is horrible, too.
JBJB
In ending my review on a positive note, I will say that I am relatively sure I will never see a worse movie.
Kelly Hanna

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Dog Face on July 20, 2006
Format: DVD
nobody explodes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no one! i can't stress that enough. no one suffers the true wrath of the fist of the north star. if you are a fan of the animated series then don't watch this movie. it will only make you hate the person who made it. if you are a fan of martial arts movies, don't watch this movie because it will make you hate all of the actors in this movie. if you are a fan of mullets don't watch this movie because it will forever detract from the joy that courses through your veins everytime you see a remarkable quaff of hockey hair. if you are a fan of cheasy b movies then i also strongly suggest that you do not watch this one because it will make you hate yourself. this movie sucks on levels that you didn't even know existed. it sucks more than going on a blind date with with your mom. it sucks more than watching rosie o'donnell and liza minelli strip down and wrestle in creamed corn and chick peas. worse than a drunk near sighted proctologist with cold hands and long nails. it sucks more than pamela anderson having hep c. or like seeing your grandmother getting out of the shower. like sifting through dog poop looking for worms this movie will leave you feeling like you need a shower. is this movie better than a sharp stick in the eye? no, if somone stabbed you in the eye with any stick while you were watching this movie, then you would thank them for their mercy. save your sanity and do not, under any circumstances, watch this movie. gary daniels sucks and nobody explodes!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 26, 2006
Format: DVD
There was a brief period around 1995-7 when Toei, one of the major film companies in Japan, produced a string of now forgotten films featuring B-list English-speaking actor(s). Those films usually included Japanese actors as part of main cast or supports, and many of them were theatrically released in Japan (though none of them became a commercial hit). Today not many people know such titles as `No Way Back' (featuring then unknown Russell Crowe and Kelly Hu), `Countdown' (with Lori Petty'), `Final Vendetta' (with Brigitte Wilson) and `Crying Freeman' (directed by Christophe Gans). Except for `Crying Freeman' which is a decent action film, they are mostly unremarkable films.

`Fist of the North Star' was made during this period. The big difference is that its post-WWIII story derives from hugely popular Japanese manga series `Fist of the North Star' (`Hokuto no Ken'). Ask any Japanese under 40, and you will realize the popularity of the series. Well, not everyone liked it, but this comic created by Buronson and Tesuo Hara.became popular during the 1980s, and then TV animation version started, which also became a hit.

But this live-action version of `North Star' falls flat completely. It uses the earlier chapters of the original comic as the main story, in which we follow the battles of a stoic fighter named Kenshiro (Gary Daniels) in the bleak, post-apocalyptic world plagued with violence. Blood thirsty gangsters attack the villagers, and they steal and kill mercilessly. It is the world of the second `Mad Max' film (which greatly influenced the original comic), but unlike Mel Gibson's character Kenshiro (whose character is partly based on Bruce Lee) fights the villains with his original kung-fu, which causes the enemy's body explode (yes, literally, like `The `Scanners').
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 7, 2001
Format: DVD
This is the most heinous tribute to an anime feature I have ever had the sorry displeasure to ever witness. The fight scenes were mediocre, the actors were as exciting as 3 day old dish water, and the fact that they had the nerve to associate it with so venerable and revered an anime classic as the TRUE FIST, makes me wish to humbly vomit in the ajacent vacinity of these film makers. Why would Malcolm McDowell lower himself to so low an estate as to associate himself with such a slipshot production? What the hel possessed the film makers to even make it? Do they wish to insult the public?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
How is this possible, Tony Randall has taken THE coolest anime movie and messed it up. Everything that made the anime such a wicket experience has gone wrong here. Gary Daniels, although he is a very good martial artist, is just no match for the power of the anime version of Kenshiro. All the fight scenes lack the incredible punch that made the anime so great. The storyline has been messed up to, with all the caracters names and identities all wrong. For example let's take Jagi, Kenshiros brother. In the live version he's called Jackal and doesn't play the role he did in the anime movie. Also were is Ken's older brother, Raoh? The look of the movie, setting and acting are amongst the worst I've seen. Overall this is a major letdown, if Tony Randall had any wits whatsoever he would have made the movie with a punch like the movie Blade, with Wesley Snipes. For the real thing, check out the new anime series about The Fist Of The North Star vol 1-12. Piece,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By armand on May 8, 2002
Format: DVD
This movie is pretty terrible, I saw it on the sci-fi channel, it's basically Cyborg. The name of this franchise proves Shakespeare's "rose is still a rose" quote wrong, if it was called Blood Fued or some other corny name no one would give a dang about it. The first fight Kenshiro gets into is the best, very stylized, the sparse sound effects make it more powerful. The .5 is a culmination of a combo here a kick there. Gary Daniels does this pretty wicked spinning side kick, but I have to critcize him for taking Van Dam's splits spin kick. I wouldn't even bother renting this though. Now that I think of it, I think Street Fighter was better than this.
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