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Fist of the North Star (Vol. 5)


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  • Actors: Akira Kamiya, Yuriko Yamamoto, Kenji Utsumi, Chikao Ohtsuka, Toshio Furukawa
  • Directors: Toyoo Ashida
  • Writers: Buronson, Susumu Takaku, Tetsuo Hara, Tom Wyner
  • Producers: Carl Macek, Shôji Kishimoto
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TAYRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fist of the North Star (Vol. 5)" on IMDb

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Fist of the North Star (Vol. 5) [DVD] [1991]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brockbanks on October 9, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I can think of nothing bad to say about this film. The story was great, the animation was brilliant, the action sequences were spine tingling and the violence was enough to make Oliver Stone quiver with delight. Even the dubbing was impressive. A manga masterpiece!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on September 20, 2007
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In a post-nuclear future world where water and food are scarce and nothing seems to grow from the earth, those who are strongest rule. One such man is called Kenshiro, and he is the successor of the Hokuto Shinken fighting style which uses pressure points to destroy the opponent's body from within. When Ken's woman is stolen from him by his former friend, he is left for dead and his older brothers each attempt to replace him as the new Fist of the North Star. Ken is not dead, however, and returns stronger than ever. He journeys to reclaim his lost love, fighting evil gangs along the way and picking up two young sidekicks, a boy named Bart and a special little girl named Lynn. Through his quest, he is forced to do battle with his old friend and both of his brothers in an effort to defeat those who would prevent rebirth in the radiation ravaged world.

Playing out much like a spaghetti western or grindhouse flick, "Fist of the North Star" is rather entertaining in terms of action, violence, and gore. Plenty of heads explode, and superhuman strength and size seems to abound in the future. The story is rather simple, and yet the film leaves the viewers with some questions in the end about certain key characters disappearing or having out-of-nowhere changes of heart. Overall, I'd say this is worth seeing if you like grindhouse type revenge films or martial arts focused Anime, and it's definitely an important film to see for animation fans. I'm not a big fan of this particular style of Anime (I tend to prefer the cleaner looking types with lots of cute, big-eyed girls in short skirts), but this is one of the first Anime features to be a hit in the U.S. (dubbed into English in 1991), making it historically significant to the fan of film and animation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 6, 2004
Format: DVD
the only thing that is as good as this in terms of fighting and battles is dragon ball z, but this is definatly one of my all time favorite shows/anime along w/ dbz. even though its animation is exetremly out dated, sometimes crude, its the story and charactrs that count. todays animes have better animation and cgi stuff thrown in but they suck,they have crap story lines and the characters are brainless, there just nice to look at, thats all! i wish i could find the manga for this show, because i can't get enough of it! kenshiro is the best anti hero i have ever seen, he is like an anime mad max. i will be a happy man the day i can get every episode on dvd. its to bad that many of todays so called "anime fans",espescially american ones, have never heard of this,its one of the greatest in fighting animes ever made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2003
Format: DVD
***You can get all 150 episodes for 100 dollars, new and sealed english dubbed from china on ebay.

I give it 5 stars because it is a great introduction to the series, and has some of the best episodes of the whole series. I really watch this disc often.

Fist of the Northstar is a violent japanese animated series, which takes place in a postnuclear western setting where only the strongest, and usually most brutal survive.

FOTNS starts with Kenshiro (the true fist of the northstar and main charactor) searching for his love Yulia, and old-friend (and kidnapper of Yulia) Shin. Kenshiro has seven scars making up the constelation of the big dipper on his chest which were given to him when Shin took Yulia away from him. On Kens journey he encounters and befriends two children who accompany him on his travels. They play a major role in the first 4 discs, and really help level out the story and violence with the humanity they bring.

During their travels they run across people (usually struggling farmers)who get bullied, robbed and killed by ruthless bands of super-strong villains who have no mercy (lots of really innocent people get murdered with brutality by motorcycle thugs). Ken usually gets their a moment to late to save some mom, old man, or child, but he always makes the villain die an explosive death. Ken is a Good man and he knows that the only way to stop the violence is to destroy the villains. There are always ranks of bad guys who Kenshiro must punch his way through, so your always waiting for him to get to the next stronger badguy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 2003
Format: DVD
UPDATE Go to Ebay and search fist of the northstar get the whole set of 150 episodes for 100 dollars plus like 25 shipping! Or get 35 episode sets for 35 dollars plus shipping.

I just bought and watched this disc. Since about 5/03 I've been buying 1,2,3,and 4 and have watched 1,2,3,at least 3 or 4 times, and 4 twice. I first learned of F.o.t.n.s. the movie like ten years ago looking for a video to watch. I haven't seen it in a few years but from what i remember it ended with Kenshiro fighting hi evil brother Raoh, coming to a conclusion.
Disc 5 starts with Kenshiro finishing off The Fang Clan and ends with him setting off to find the oldest of his three brothers Raoh. On the back of the dvd it says 5 deadly Dvd volumes. The fifth volume ended with no conclusion, ken just sets off to face his mightiest opponent.
it's sort of disapointing buying dvd after dvd (of great entertainment) waiting for Kenshiro to defeat a last opponent, and he doesn't.
If you own no fist of the northstar dvds definitly start with the first volume, definitly, or maybe just the movie. Each dvd ends with no real conclusion so be prepared you will always want the next volume. Volumes 1-3 are my favorites, especially the episodes with "gods army". Disc 4 and 5 of the series , to me, lose steam.
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