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Fist of the North Star (1995)

Based on a graphic novel, this apocalyptic adventure centers on a man who must reverse the cataclysmic conditions of his world.

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Based on a graphic novel, this apocalyptic adventure centers on a man who must reverse the cataclysmic conditions of his world.

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A Legendary Warrior Battles Against The Forces Of Evil.


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Rated R for continuous brutal and gory violence, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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22 April 1995 (Japan)  »

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Hokuto no Ken  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the movie Lynn is blind. In the original manga series she is mute. See more »

Goofs

When Kenshiro is visited by his father in the shape of the zombie, you can see a bit of the zombie-actor's right arm under the zombie costume. See more »

Quotes

[Kenshiro preforms his Hokuto Shin Ken technique on Zeed]
Zeed: What are you trying to do, tickle me to death?
[Kenshiro walks away]
Zeed: Don't turn your back on me!
Kenshirô: You're already dead.
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Referenced in Monster Man: Monster Infestation (2012) See more »

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A Thousand Lies
Written by Robb Flynn, Logan Mader, Adam Duce & Chris Kontos
Performed by Machine Head
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records, Inc.
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A Fistful of Garbage.
9 September 2016 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

In a post apocalyptic world where the mullet is the hairdo of choice, Kenshirô (Gary Daniels) of the North Star school of martial arts fights to free the people of Paradise Valley from the rule of the evil Lord Shin (Costas Mandylor), leader of the Southern Cross school.

Most films I finish in one sitting. Some take me two, if they're a bit slow or extremely long. Very rarely does a film take me three successive evenings to complete, and when they do, they're usually the worst kind of garbage. Fist of The North Star is one such film.

Directed (and I use that term loosely) by Tony Randel, who also helmed the disappointing sequel to Hellraiser, this live-action anime/manga is a terrible mess from start to finish, with a muddled narrative, a pitiful performance from lead Gary Daniels (who has just the one expression throughout: mildly miffed), hammy acting from the supporting cast (which includes Chris Penn, Malcolm McDowell and Clint Howard), irritating kids, and unexciting martial arts scenes.

About the only thing going for this crap is the occasional spot of graphic violence (both Kenshirô and Shin can cause their opponents' bodies to erupt in a spray of gore) and a bit of welcome eye candy for fans of Asian beauties in the form of Julia (Isako Washio), Kenshirô's love interest.


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