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Fist of the North Star (1986)

Hokuto no Ken (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Drama | 27 September 1991 (USA)
A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kamiya ...
Kenshiro (voice)
Yuriko Yamamoto ...
Yuria (voice)
Kenji Utsumi ...
Raoh (voice)
Chikao Ohtsuka ...
Jagi (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ...
Shin (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Rei (voice)
Tomiko Suzuki ...
Lin (voice)
Teiyû Ichiryûsai ...
Bat (voice) (as Mie Suzuki)
Arisa Andô ...
Airi (voice)
Junji Chiba ...
Ryuken (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata ...
Zeed (voice)
Junpei Takiguchi ...
Heart (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
Fox (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake ...
Jackal (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ...
Uyghur (voice)
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After a nuclear holocaust tears the world apart, mankind is forced to the harshness of not only the oppression of others who are much more powerful, but the dead earth which seems to be getting worse with every passing moment. But a savior has risen from the ashes, a man who will defeat those who would torment the weak and make the world a livable place once more. A man named Kenshiro..... Written by Chuck "Dark-Side" Williamson

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An Epic Assault On The Senses


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Trivia

Ryûken's speech regarding the nature of life and death, which opens the English dub, is quoted verbatim by Jeru the Damaja on the intro to his classic album The Sun Rises in the East. See more »

Quotes

Kenshirô: Shin
Shin: The time has come. Yuria is mine now. In times like these only the strongest may possess what is most valuable!
Yuria: [Shin grabs her hand] Uh. What are you doing? Uh.
Kenshirô: Let her go!
Shin: Get back! I warned you. Don't stand in my way Ken, I don't want to hurt you but I will if I have to. You see, Yuria is mine. Understand?
Yuria: This is madness. The fists of the north and south aren't ever supposed to fight, you know that!
Shin: Perhaps that was true once but now rules are meaningless. Defend yourself!
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Referenced in Anime Abandon: Apocalypse Zero (2013) See more »

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Heart of Madness
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It's not bad.
31 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hmmmm Fist of the North Star is a tough one. I love the film, because it is essentially an amalgam of popular action films. Ken is essentially a suped up Mad Max/Bruce Lee character, in a Mad Max environment, with the ability to explode heads like a Scanner. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as seeing a Japanese take on films that are essentially foreign makes for an interesting experience. Contrary to popular belief, there is a plot, albeit a fairly straightforward one, but I think that it was definitely sidelined in favour of the graphic violence. This violence is usually the biggest problem for non-fans, as they can't see the humour behind it. The main purpose of Fist of the North Star, in my opinion, is to question the nature of violence on television, as when seen in animation, the most horrific scenes of gore can appear quite funny. Otherwise it's good fun, and Kenshiro is one of the all time Anime greats, a rebel in a world gone wrong. I love Fist of the North star, but it definitely needs to be seen with a pinch of salt.


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