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Fist of the North Star: The Movie


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  • Actors: Wally Burr, Michael McConnohie, Tony Oliver, Holly Sidell, Greg Snegoff
  • Directors: Toyoo Ashida
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Eastern Star
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SGEUC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,773 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In the near future, Earth has been devastated by a nuclear Hell. In these troubled times, kinetic martial arts have replaced weapons of mass destruction, and the legendary Fist of the north Star style may then be the only hope for humanity's survival. Ken

Customer Reviews

Seriously I have watched this movie enough to know the difference.
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Bone-crunching and ultaviolent Japanese animated Sci-fi fantasy action flick is one of the best cult animated movies ever.
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The pace of the film is good, as are the overall action sequences.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By V. Crisafulli on June 28, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Fist of the North Star has been released multiple times on VHS and DVD in the US. It even has two different dubs (one by Streamline Pictures with Carl Macek of Robotech fame, and one by Manga Entertainment).

In this release:
* The film is digitally restored. It actually looks a little better than the original release.
* The movie still goes into monochromatic mode during the most violent scenes - just like in all previous US releases.
* The original US dub (Streamline) is used. The original Japanese audio is also included.
* There are also two sets of subtitles, one for the US dub dialog and one that is a faithful translation of the Japanese dialog. Before reading the Japanese subtitles, I never realized how many liberties Streamline took with the script. It's almost like watching a different movie!
* The Japanese theatrical ending is used, which is the same ending all previous US releases had. (There is a Japanese home-video ending where Ken and Raoh's duel ends in a draw)
* We get the Japanese theatrical teasers & trailers.
* The 80's hair-metal song "Heart of Madness" is liberally applied in the menus.

Again, this is probably the best release of this film in the US. If you need to replace your decade-old copy of the VHS tape, this is your best choice.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Hoelo on March 15, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite anime of all time. It is simply an over-the-top gorefest. I love the fact that it pulls no punch and simply gets the plot out of the way in the first few minutes..
I can sum this movie up as:
Good Guys: "Man builds really big bombs and is stupid and annihilates the whole planet. This was a bad thing, let's not do this in real life. Oh look, a flower survived. Now we have hope."
Bad Guys: "Hope?! We can't have hope! We love slaughtering everything in sight for no apparent reason. Die flower die!"
Good Guys: "That's it! You die now!"
(Insert 70 minutes of insane fighting).
As silly as that sounds, this movie is GREAT. Turn off your brain and enjoy it..
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2000
Format: DVD
One of the first anime's I ever saw was Fist Of The North Star, unfortunately the standard it set was so high many other anime's seemed weak. Fist is most probably one of the best anime's ever, it's only competition in my eyes is the awesome Akira.
Fist is a pure blend of violence and gripping storyline. From the start you are drawn into the apocalyptic world of the future, and the forces at work within this world. Not a single swear word from anyone, a tiny piece of nudity and 100% pure fun. Heads expload, people are sliced and diced, characters go splat, belly buttons get larger and you can't help but love it.
Disregard any bad things you may hear, this is a classic and will always remain as my favourite animated feature of all time!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Stephens on June 16, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a must for any fan or collector of anime. For years this was a gem that could only be found on VHS. Now on DVD the quality is much better. Much better than the series, this is the original story that led to a multi-episode series, a NES Game and an actual live-action movie. A classic that stands in the same category as Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D, Grappler Baki (The movie is also better than the series) and Crying Freeman, this DVD release is the final piece to that collective of great anime.

Set in a post-apocalyptic setting where money is valueless and food and supplies are priceless, the story follows the hero Kenshiro and his journey of struggle and betrayal as he rises to reclaim his status of the true Fist of the North Star. Shin, his former best friend and also Fist of the South Star, attacks Ken to seize his love Julia. The plot thickens as it is revealed that Ken's own brother Jaggy is the spark that turned Shin's admiration of Julia to the fire and madness that is the cause of the assault.

At the same time Ken's oldest brother Raoh has decided that the title of the Fist of the North Star should be his because of his immense power and the fact that Ken's seems to have been destroyed by Shin. Raoh unveils his feelings to their master Ryuken, who does not agree and tells him to leave and never return. Though it is not shown, Raoh erupts and in fact kills Ryukens and begins his mission of total domination.

The movie definitly has an 80's vibe with both the effects and the music. While most anime fans I know appreciate this movie for the gem that it is some view it as choppy and even corny. I believe this is one of the few anime movies you can find that has a good story with intriguing characters and the old school, raw anime of that represented the time it was made.

This is and Ninja Scroll were what we automatically envisioned whenever the term "Japanese Animation" came about. A true classic.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2000
Format: DVD
Well well well. First I would like to stress that these reviews are made in the opinions of the ones who have seen the film. Everyone has a different taste to movies. Well for me, The Fist Of The North Star is like the greatest, most wickest, amazing, animation I have ever seen. I really enjoyed the movie, laughed and cried too. The plot is amazing , the animation is so cool and the violence in this is even more intense than DRAGONBALL ! Others might say that is a stupid movie but I honestly enjoyed watching it and most of my friend enjoyed it too. There are scenes that are comical and tragedical at the same time and you don't know whether to laugh or cry. The scene that touched me most is the scene with Ken protecting the girl! . AMazing STORY. You really have to see it to choose.
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