Fist of the North Star / Hokuto no Ken
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Martial Arts, Post-Apocalyptic
First Released: March 1986, 110-minute film
Summary: The world has been destroyed by nuclear war, leaving the Earth a desolate place without vegetation and happiness. The few remaining resources are highly sought after, resulting in constant fights for survival. Kenshiro is a warrior trained in Hokuto Shinken, an ancient fighting style focused on killing through striking secret vital points in the body. Despite Kenshiro’s decent demeanor he has made enemies in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Several fighters are about to do whatever it takes to claim supremacy of the Earth’s remaining rubble.
Get ready for an action-packed thrill ride with no chill! Everyone’s solution in Fist of the North Star is to solve their problems with their fists. The 1980s animation is a treat to watch, from the brightly colored blood to the exploding heads. The characters are a blast, from their bright apocalyptic outfits to their utter disregard for reason. It’s all about the punches, no time for talking. The “Fist King” is a prime example.
You might enjoy this if: You want to watch the manliest anime of all time.
You might not like it if: You cringe at blatant exposition.
Note to the Viewer: Fist of the North Star has an extensive library. In addition to the film there is a series with over 100 episodes, several video games, novels, and even a live-action film!
AMV – Fist of the North Star VS Mortal Kombat by Marc Alamara
(Warning, this AMV is violent)