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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.

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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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Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Akarnai-kun
Why don't I/do I like this series?  Four words: Muscle Control Spin Kick.  I laugh my ass off.  Your head go 'splody now!!  WAOGO!!  Worthwhile plot?  Who needs it?!  He makes people's heads explode by stepping on their toes!!  What?  You mean there's other animes I could be watching?  But I want bad dubs and stupid fight scenes!! that case, I'll go watch Dragonball Z.

If you're looking for a lot of gut-wrenching laughs, then by all means, watch this embarrassing series.  On the other hand, if you actually like it, do me a favor and let me rip off your moustache so you'll strangle yourself to death.
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Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by KYLE
Fist of the North Star rocks!! Luckily in my area Sactown, CA we get to see episodes on Showtime Beyond.Of course they are only the episodes that are english dubbed, but they were good enough to get me totally hooked!! Now I am on a mission to find all the episodes even if they aren't dubbed. It's a major challenge, but I am determined to see more heads pop, bodies vaporized,and lots of body parts flying!! If anyone knows where to find what I am looking for let me know! I leave this with one of my favorite quotes from Ken that he said to amoeba before he smoked him!"You don't practice martial arts, you emulate their effects" How cool is that?!!!!
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Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Shawn Bradley
Man no contest, hands down, "Fist of the North Star" is the greatest feature EVER! A classic in all rights! I hope they release ALL the tv episodes here and translate it to English!
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Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Kasumii Kenshirou
Please note that the English version movie you are reviewing is a disgrace to the original version of the movie.  The English version was butchered to say the least to the point where it's not even the same movie any more. Ken did not lose to Raou in the end, it was a draw.  Streamline cut the frames so Ken looked like he lost but he didn't.  I recommend anyone who's watched this English version and liked or disliked it to give the original a chance.  Plus check out the Comic and Anime Series for a better understanding of the deep story that was only shortly explored in the movie.

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Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Gabe Kelly
Yes, the voices are the ones from the movie, but the series is better developed. The story line is much more fluid, and character development (yes,CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!) is there. I am an old fan of anime and I am glad (abd saddened) at the treatment anime is getting. But, here's hoping for better development. Maybe you can cover live-action "anime-ish" shows too, like Ultraman?
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Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Pete
Gmachine you can find the whole series here in japense, but with english subtitles.
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Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Leviathan
Hello everybody.
First I like too say that I agree with all of you. Fist of the north star RULES. I saw it for the first time when i was 10 years old, and sice then i've been a huge fan of Fist of the north star. I got it on DVD about a year ago. Man it's hard too find. So i went too Ebay. There i found it and won the auction. Now i've got it on Whs and DVD.
Soon the series is coming too DVD. But there is only 8 volumes on Whs and just stops. Like the manga comics, there's only 4 volumes and it just stops. I really wish read the read the rest of the books, but no they are in Japnese,Italian and French only.
I really hope that Viz is gonna translate the rest in english. It must happen, Right????

And, have any of you read Souten no ken??? "Fist of the blue sky" Fist of the north star in Japan in the sixties. Before the nucklear war. Sounds fun.
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Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Luis Reyes
Finally, an anime on this webpage! Although gory, Fist Of The North Star captures the spirit of the manga it was based on completly! Don't hold back, give us more anime!!!
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