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Not Rated
Copyright 1986 Toei Animation Company LTD
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Ken - Martial arts master known as the Fist of the North Star. Not only can he perform clothes bursting sequences reminiscent of the Incredible Hulk, anything he punches explodes, including people.
  • Ray - Powerful fighter whose style cuts enemies to ribbons. Searching for his kidnapped sister, after finding her he tries to take on Raoh. Ray is not with us at the end of the movie.
  • Julia - Ken's true love, taken prisoner by Shin then Raoh.
  • Bat and Lynn - Two kids, she has special powers enabling her to grow plants even though the world is an arid wasteland. Mostly I have been wondering about parents who would name their son "Bat."
  • Ryuukin - Father to Ken, Jagi, and Raoh. His ideals and knowledge might be among the most noble, but only one kid turned out to be anything except a dangerous megalomaniac. Killed by Raoh.
  • Shin - The Fist of the South Star. Betrays everything sacred in his desire to possess Julia, though first being pummeled by Raoh and then finished off by Ken is probably ample punishment.
  • A Limitless Supply of Fodder - Thugs, bandits, and giants. Despite their own strengths and weaknesses, like being large enough to make Richard Simmons cry or transforming their skin into metal, all are destined to meet gory ends. Zendah falls into this category.
  • Jagi - Ken's brother, a previous argument between the two led to the mutilation of his head. The second encounter proves to be a very messy affair.
  • Raoh - Ken's older brother and probably the most powerful warrior alive (by a smidgen). Wanders around doing evil stuff like raising armies and massacring people.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

I tend to wax nostalgic when thinking about this film, but what young lad wouldn't? First off - it is (decently drawn) Japanese Animation, secondly - people get punched then explode into fountains of guts and blood! Forget the Internet and television, how did our parents make it growing up without this movie?

All that and an acceptable plot too, which we will now go into more detail about (for some reason I imagine you all cowering under tarps like the audience at a Gallagher show). As so many other films here the movie begins with a nuclear war devastating mankind and the Earth in general. Even though many large buildings are destroyed (including one with a oil tanker through it) I would like you to ignore the large amount of unbroken windows in evidence. This is secondary to more important plot points, like the development of martial arts that cause massive trauma to anyone struck.

Yeah, what about that? I honestly don't know, though that fact does not tarnish my joy at watching Ken glow with power as he stomps a hole in someone the size of Goliath. Or squeeze some guy's skull in, can't forget that.

In his quest to rescue Julia from Shin our hero encounters Bat and Lynn, which proves fortunate since the little girl has a green thumb. Unfortunately the seeds which everyone hopes will save the world appear to be weeds and annuals to further the insult. Terrific, the last darn photosynthetic organism on Earth and it's a weed.

Besides this the movie has fighting, lots of it. Plenty of people getting punched, smashed, or cut into pieces. Whether it is Ken defending a town against marauding bandits or Raoh leading his armies across the dusty wastes, you're going to see some messy stuff. I recommend this film to people who like over the top splatter.

On a final note, try counting the number of times someone says "Fist of the North Star." I gave up around twenty.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Eyes are more resistant to damage than muscle and bone.
  • People are little more than pressurized sacks full of blood and intestines.
  • After a nuclear war the Aurora Borealis are really spectacular.
  • A dirt buggy is fully functional and the occupants unharmed after plummeting twenty stories.
  • If some guy makes things explode when he hits them then (for crying out loud) don't let him punch you in the forehead.
  • Fat guys are just like tar babies.
  • Trying to kill a woman's boyfriend is not the best start to a relationship.
  • Sometimes not having rhythm is fatal.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 4 mins - It is the middle of a nuclear war, why are you idiots walking around?
  • 25 mins - Want to know what I'd do after seeing some guy knocking down skyscrapers with punches? The phrase is "run like a little bitch."
  • 33 mins - Zendah seems to change size...
  • 48 mins - You have to admit, fatboy had a lot of guts. Okay, no more puns this review, I promise.
  • 60 mins - How did Lynn know Alei's name?
  • 70 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT! (Feel really funny saying that about ink.)
  • 86 mins - Flowers are against the law? What is this, California?
  • 102 mins - Where in the heck did this change of heart come from?
  • 104 mins - Obviously some bees survived and pollinated the first flower.


  • Julia: "This is madness, the fists of the north and south aren't ever supposed to fight! You know that!"
  • Raoh: "All right, if you're that eager to die I'll oblige you. Any time you're ready."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note fistnorthstar1.wav Ryuukin: "Power without perception is virtually useless, and therefore of no true value."
Green Music Note fistnorthstar2.wav Zendah: "Refuse me and the girl will be the first to die."
Villager: "If we give up you'll most likely kill us all anyway."
Zendah: "Maybe so, but if you don't I'll break this kid into pieces and stuff her down your throat."
Green Music Note fistnorthstar3.wav Evil Guy: "Hey I thought you was a girl! Either way, you die."
Ray: "Sorry, I don't agree, I believe you are the one who is about to die."
Green Music Note fistnorthstar4.wav Ray: "Quit stalling Raoh, come on!"
Raoh: "Death shouldn't be rushed, one should savor it like fine wine and enjoy it's aroma. But if, in consideration of your impatience, I must kill you now - so be it."

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Fist of the North Star
Reply #41. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bloodysin
Hey, i wonder where kenshiro get the extra clothes after they're ripped off when he "powers up" for battle. I'm sure everybody asking the same question when they watch the movie.
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Reply #42. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Derrick
I loved watching Fist of the North Star on TV. I have seen all the episodes they showed on Showtime beyond and the Movie.

Who win the battle between Ken vs. Raoh?

The Real movie with the real actors SUCKED!!! The ANIME is the best
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Reply #43. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Yoshimitsu
It is one of the best videos I have brought and it is a lengendary movie. It's cool to finaly find a web site on one of the most popular animes ever, I believe they should do more web sites on some of the more memorable anime's out ther. Nice site keep it up!
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Reply #44. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Scott Newlan
Hokuto No Ken has been my favourite anime\\manga of all time ever since I first came across it years ago. I have the entire series in manga and anime and the new OVA's entitled 'New Fist of the North Star' in its English release and I've got the anime movie.
Anyway, I'd like to raise a point which might be of some interest. Dim Mak, an ancient martial art which was erradicated because of its deadliness hundreds of years ago, is obviously what Kenshiro's martial art, Hokuto Shinken, is based around (although there's no exploding body parts in Dim Mak). Dim Mak was the opposite of Accupuncture - as accupuncture was used to heal the body, Dim Mak was used to destroy it using the exact same principles.
My point is, around the time of the late Bruce Lee's death there was much suspicion as to exactly what caused his unexpected demise. Doctor's said that it was because of a hyper sensitivity to the pill that his wife gave him to take care of his migrain, however some people like to believe that it was due to a grand master of Dim Mak, who Lee had been reported to have fought that day or the day before, who might have struck a pressure point on Lee's body that would cause this delayed death. Believe what you want, I think this is a much more valid version of the story.
Another thing of interest is another ancient martial art entitled 'Grandmaster Fist' or, as some people may know it,'Fist of the North Wind'. This art, along with Dim Mak, was abolished hundreds of years ago, however in an ancient Chinese myth, it was said that the grandmaster of Grandmaster Fist demonstrated to groups of people how his art worked. In one such demonstration, he was reported to have lightly slapped a horse on its side, and seconds later the horse dropped dead. When the people opened the horse up to see what had killed it (the horse had no external damage, of course), its internal organs in their intirity were turned to mush. He also did some demonstrations of lesser note, like lightly slapping the top of a pile of tiles and having all of the tiles smashing to pieces. Alot like Hokuto Shinken, this art could only have one successor, and it was practiced in utmost secrecy, and was usualy only passed down through family. The grandmaster of this style was said to be feared by all, as everyone was so afraid of even being touched once by him in fear for their lives.

Thanks, if you have a particular interest or any questions, please email me by all means.
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Reply #45. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by tyler
I've seen this movie numerous time and everytime I see something new and wonderful. Whether it be when Ray stands up holding a vail and the wind starts to blow and when he sits down the wind stops. or just the utter hilarity of the scene when that giant, who's army fights Raoh, turns himself to steel and then claims he doesn't believe in magic. Then there's just the plethora of ridiculous lines and cheasy grusome humor. And of course you have to appreciate that scene when Ken gets off of that table and it explodes, disaparing into thin air and then he smashes through that door and it completely dissapates. And Then, in that scene when bat and lynn are being chased by those guys on motorcycles, does anyone notice the animation slowing down drastcally and the men on the bikes go down those stairs? This movie is hilarious. I recommend it to anyone get kicks out of sucky artwork and terrible animation
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Reply #46. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by tj
I immensely agree my dear sir. The animation is of the lowest quality. The translation is simply amazing. Especially when Ray says "Ray is me." What a perfect translation. The fact that when Bat and Lynn are being chased by some villians and clouds of dust pour out from behind their car despite the fact that they are on a highway. Be it from characters who change in size throughout the movie (example: When Ken is fighting Zed, I believe that is his name, and the fellow is about twice his size. Then, when Ken knocks him to the ground, he slowly rises up, and his head is about as large as Ken's whole body.) As Tyler has mentioned, the beauty of the veil scene. A motionless desert, but when Ray stands, dramatic winds blow against his body. Yet Ken is not affected by this wind.

Plot Summary:
Ken goes on a quest to find Julia from his old friend Shin. Along the way, he encounters many foes, of all which die by their head exploding. From powerful enemies who tower above him (yet when they die there is no remains despite the fact they are shown blowing up and blood gushing everywhere) to young children (one who has the ability to grow ugly plants.) This film is truly a tear jerker (trust me, you will laugh that hard.) And be in store for a 'twist' ending.

A swear, this is some of the worst I have ever seen in my life. Jackets flash different colors randomly. Not just a quick change of color but a continuous change for as long as a whole scene.
I cannot describe this monstrosity. It's so bad it's good. A must see.
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Reply #47. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Zach
I remember renting this at a local blockbuster in the early '90's. Though I wasn't new to anime, Fist of the North Star blew me away.  To this day I've been searching for this on DVD to no avail.  Everything about this story was awesome. The fights. The deaths.  Julia's lack of pubic hair.  I was also a huge fan of the manga witch was a retelling of the story.  Just recently I was in blockbuster again and what do I find?  The new Fist of the North Star which picks up where the first left off.  How this can be considered a bad movie is beyond me!  If you like boring, s**tty anime rent Harmegeddon. By the way, the HBO version of Fist of the North Star IS the biggest piece of s**t on earth.  That's what I thought this site was referring to.  Beware the man with seven scars!
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Reply #48. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by mapatric
So my friend tells me this is one of the 'must see' animes of all time when I ask him what some good ones are, so I find a copy of this...thing... and manage to force myself to watch it all, although I did have to take a few 15-20 minute breaks to get me all the way through.  After I recover, I ask him why he would be so cruel as to decieve me in to watching this and to my shock I discover he actually believes it is a masterpiece of animated glory.

In short, wtf?

I mean, are people exploding all thats needed to go down in anime history? s**t I'm in the wrong business.  I'll go draw up some stick figures with their heads exploding and sit back waiting to collect my profit.  No need to bother with dialouge , animation, or a plot.  If this movie is as popular as it seems to be they can't be that important.
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