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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.

Director:

Toyoo Ashida

Writers:

Buronson (comic), Tetsuo Hara (comic) | 1 more credit »
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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 Teiyû Ichiryûsai ... Bat (voice) (as Mie Suzuki)
Arisa Andô Arisa Andô ... Airi (voice)
Junji Chiba Junji Chiba ... Ryuken (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata Hidekatsu Shibata ... Zeed (voice)
Junpei Takiguchi Junpei Takiguchi ... Heart (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Fox (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake Hiroshi Ôtake ... Jackal (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Uyghur (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (some footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Vampire Hunter D of the 1985 anime movie of the same name makes a cameo appearance as a villager in the scene where Raoh's second-in-command, Uighur, reveals the pot of flowers to the people. Toyoo Ashida, the director of the film, directed Vampire Hunter D one year prior to directing the anime Hokuto No Ken movie. See more »

Goofs

At one point during his fight with Raoh, Kenshiro's arm bands are back on even though moments earlier they ripped off when he activates his Hokuto Shinken, a moment later they vanish again. See more »

Quotes

Jagi: Shin has broken all the rules and the thing that Ken trusted him like a brother, but we are his brothers. You are the strongest Raoh. You got to get down there and challenge Shin to a fight.
Jagi: You know you can take him. Now with Ken out of the way, you will be the fist of the north star.
Jagi: Of course it's your decision to face him or not and I won't blame you if you don't. After all we both know what happens if you challenge the power of the fist and fail. You either bleed to death, become a ...
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Alternate Versions

The English Streamline Pictures dub (released in the UK by Manga Video) features a drastically altered script from the Japanese original. The exact nature of the Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken schools (North Star and South Star in the English dub) are never fully explained and Yuria's Nanto heritage is never mentioned. The English dub also features an instrumental version of the ending theme, Purple Eyes, instead of the vocal version by Kodomo Band in the Japanese original. See more »

Connections

Remade as Fist of the North Star (1995) See more »

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Heart of Madness
Written by Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Performed by Kodomo Band
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It's not bad.
31 May 2005 | by killbisonSee 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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