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Release Date:
6 June 2003 (Japan) See more »
The grand master of fighting anime returns!
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  (in credits order)
Takehito Koyasu ... Kenshirô (voice)
Yurika Hino ... Sâra
Akimitsu Takase ... Tobi
Romi Pak ... Doha (Vista) (voice)

Gackt ... Seiji (as Gackt Camui)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Sanga
Tomoe Hanba ... Main
Hideyuki Tanaka ... Toki
Seiji Sasaki ... Geese
Kôji Ishii ... Rogue
Kiyonobu Suzuki ... Chess
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Narration
Takaya Hashi ... Hokumon Master
Masahiko Tanaka ... Jinen
Daisuke Kishio ... Seiji (young)
Sanae Kobayashi ... Sâra (young)
Reiko Suzuki ... Yura
Magnum Tokyo ... Magnum
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tomohisa Asô
Keisuke Baba

Lowell Bartholomee ... Ches (voice: English version)
Ron Berry ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jose Brown ... Giese (voice: English version)

Charles Campbell ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Elena Carrillo ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Tye Casas ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jim Damm ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Bill Dawson ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Travis Dean ... Roushi (voice: English version)
Adam Dudley ... Seiji (voice: English version)
Hisao Egawa
Robert Fisher ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Robert S. Fisher)
Lainie Frasier ... Yura (voice: English version)
Scot Friedman ... Jinen (voice: English version)

Tatsuya Fujiwara
Frank Gabriel ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Katie Gillette ... Sara (voice: English version)
Brad Graeber ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Shannon Grounds ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Rick Hankins ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
David Henkin ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Keiji Hirai ... Young Man
Samantha Inoue Harte ... Village girl, towns folk
Akira Kajiwara
Monika Kappe ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Yoshihisa Kawahara
Yûji Kishi
Robert Kraft ... Kenshiro (voice: English version)
Chris Loveless ... Tobi (voice: English version) (as Christopher Loveless)
Rehan Malick ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Zachary McMakin ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Jason McMaster ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Galen Menzel ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Tsuguo Mogami
Jeff Montondon ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Arlishia Neville ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Ryôko Numazawa
Michael Oye ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Kôichi Sakaguchi
Tony Salvaggio ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Takeshi Sasaki
John Paul Shepard ... Sanga (voice: English version)
Hirakazu Shibayama
Toshitaka Shimizu

Korey Simeone ... Doha (voice: English version)
Keiichi Sonobe
Yoshinori Sonobe ... (voice)
Heath Steiner ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Yûgo Takahashi
Dena Taylor ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Christopher Tureson ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Aaron Atom Vyvial ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Christopher Wertman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Justin Whitney ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Elizabeth Wilder ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Rie Ôtake

Directed by
Takashi Watanabe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Buronson  story
Tetsuo Hara  story
Nobuhiko Horie  screenplay
Hiroshi Toda 

Produced by
John Ledford .... executive producer
John Ledford .... producer
Mark Williams .... executive producer (english version)
Original Music by
Yasuharu Takanashi 
Cinematography by
Junichi Watanabe 
Art Direction by
Jun'ichi Higashi 
Art Department
Tomohiro Kawahara .... mechanical designer
Sound Department
Shizuo Kurahashi .... sound effects: Sound Box
Masafumi Mima .... sound director
Tomoko Nakashima .... sound producer: Techno Sound
Yukari Tobase .... assistant sound recordist: Aoi Studio
Fujio Yamada .... sound recordist
Animation Department
Tomohiro Kawahara .... mechanical designer
Haruo Sotozaki .... animation director
Haruo Sotozaki .... character designer
Other crew
Toru Iwakami .... international coordinator (English version)
Tomohiro Kawahara .... mechanical director
Shinji Kobukata .... titles: opening credits
Kentaro Nakamura .... unit director
Shingo Okada .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Shin Hokuto no Ken" - Japan (original title)
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Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Germany:18 (volume 3) | New Zealand:R13 | New Zealand:M (volume 2 and 3) | South Korea:18 | UK:18 (volume 1) | UK:15 (volume 2 and 3)

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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Author: kumanoken from Brooklyn, where the weak are killed and eaten

The third and final chapter of the new Hokuto No Ken is a crushing bore and a staggering disappointment for fans. The one thing that you could always depend on the '80's original for was a ton of ultra-violent martial arts action in each installment, and those responsible for the current version have completely forgotten forgotten that golden rule. The final hour-long segment is virtually nothing but a festival of talking heads engaged in uninvolving and boring dialogue, and the raison d'etre of the series, the fighting, does not turn up until the last five minutes, by which time the audience has lost both patience and interest. Adding insult to injury is the fact that the battle that is supposed to offer a satisfying climax is a stone-cold dud in which the villain is no challenge for Kenshiro whatsoever.

The bottom line on this one is that even if you, like me, are a hardcore North Star fan you should avoid this DVD at all costs; by the end of this installment my eyes were fighting to stay open (a far more compelling fight than anything found in the story) and when it was over I napped out for a couple of hours despite having had a full night of sleep. If this crap is what may await fans in future entries, I sincerely hope that just let Kenshiro stay dormant until someone has a decent idea for any continuations.

Seriously, folks, SHIN HOKUTO NO KEN is a massive failure all around; from the ugly character designs and dearth of action to the awful soundtrack and sheer boredom of the plot, this just plain sucks. Next to the obscure Chinese live action version from the late 1980's (not the version where Gary Daniels plays Kenshiro and Malcolm McDowell whores himself out yet again), this is the darkest chapter in the history of HOKUTO NO KEN adaptations. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

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