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Fist of the North Star (Vol. 5) (1991)

Akira Kamiya , Yuriko Yamamoto , Toyoo Ashida  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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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: #428,895 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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3.0 out of 5 stars The Anime Future-World Western! September 20, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone December 27, 2003
By A Customer
***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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4.0 out of 5 stars conclusion? December 24, 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fist of the exploding action
A very good series. I recently got into watching anime an I must say this is a great choice. Voice actors did a great job an the whole post apocalytic theme sets the movie off. Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by Anime Man
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fist of the North Star
This movie is a cult classic. If you you like brutal fight oriented animation this is the movie that set the bar.
Published on August 9, 2009 by Flying Eyeball Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anime I've ever seen!
Fist of the North Star is the best anime I've ever seen! The animation is amazing for its time and every anime I've seen so far hasn't even come close to the greatness of this... Read more
Published on June 14, 2009 by Cassandra McElfresh
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Anime at a Great quality
My boyfriend really liked this anime series, so I thought I'd buy it for him for valentines day. The shipping was fast and arrived in great shape.
Published on March 27, 2009 by Lily Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition! I love this DVD!
One of my favorite anime series for sure. It's out of print so I decided to try buying a used one. I'm glad I did because now I can enjoy this series all over again. Read more
Published on December 22, 2008 by J. Lancaster
4.0 out of 5 stars What The Hell???
The reviews for this item are about the LIVE ACTION FILM and not Volume 5 of the TV series Fist Of The North Star derived from the serialized strip and manga of the same name. Read more
Published on September 28, 2005 by Steve Adams
2.0 out of 5 stars How are there only 5 left in stock (right now)...?
Fist of the North Star is so unbelievably retardation-inducing it's hilarious. In that sense, and that sense alone, it is entertaining. But... Read more
Published on April 17, 2005 by nir085
5.0 out of 5 stars Fist of the North Star the movie, an absolute Anime Classic
It's with great pleasure that I review for "Fist Of The North Star".

After writing several number one reviews, I will write a great review for this incredible... Read more
Published on October 17, 2004 by GreatMovieCriticForever
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. Read more
Published on October 6, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The End?
Here we go again. Kenshiro continues on his quest to rid the earth of worthless scum and uphold the honor of Hokuto Shinken. Heads explode and fists do indeed fly. Read more
Published on March 6, 2004 by wrath231
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