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Fist Of The North Star [DVD]

2.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Gary Daniels, Malcolm McDowell, Costas Mandylor, Downtown Julie Brown, Dante Basco
  • Directors: Tony Randel
  • Writers: Tony Randel, Buronson, Peter Atkins, Tetsuo Hara
  • Producers: Aki Komine, Joel Soisson, Mark Yellen
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DI53A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,765 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Tony Randel's live-action version of the graphic novels by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara and the 1986 animated feature. Kenshiro, the Fist of the North Star, wanders the devastated landscape with one aim - revenge on Lord Shin, The Fist of the Southern Cross, who killed his father, stole the woman he loved and left him for dead on the barren plains. The fate of the galaxies depend on Kenshiro's battles with an evil empire and his arch nemesis.

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I accidently come across this title, lets just say i thought it was the manga version. But i realised it was a live action film, so i thought must be hollywood remake let's see if they make a mess of a classic, so i sat down and watched. my was i right! This film is dreadful! I am a fan of manga and especially fist of the north star and this remake is a joke.
The sets are really really small compared to the vast backdrops of the original (i know the original is cartoon and what not but still) and the effects are terribly poor and cheap.
The thing what really made me laugh was how they made people who got beat up die. I mean in the original heads exploded, people split in half and all sorts of crazy things, so any good film producer would look at this and think, 'i dont think we could remake this as the deaths are too over the top and are impossible to do in real life', but no, they had to have a pop good ol hollywood. The deaths were laughable not to mention the way the main actor did the killing, it was like he was dancing around them. It made me laugh, the trouble is it is not supposed to! Also, the cast in the film were poor, bad guys were fat, the good guy was pretty boy and as for malcolm mcdowell, what the hell was he doing in it, tremendous dent in his career!
I dont think this film even deserves 1 star.
very very poor,
shame on hollywood, they like ruining classics from japan and the far east dont they!
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By Steven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
I'm unfamiliar with the earlier animated versions so I didn't feel the crushing weight of disappointment which appears to seep into some other reviews. I just see this as a post apocalyptic martial arts movie. Some bits work well; Gary Daniels makes an engaging lead, he's very athletic and despite some poor camerawork his moves come across very well. The final fight and his tussle with those twenty guys in the foyer are especially well handled. The sets and costumes look good in the main; these visuals helped me get past a weak script where the story is a little muddled. The love interest has embarrassingly little to do apart from looking rather good. A couple of the effects are entertaining, a dislocated jaw stands out as well as a couple of exploding heads! The movie ends very abruptly, which is a shame because with a decent ending and maybe the addition of a voicover to compensate for poor writing this could've been half decent. I wonder what was left on the cutting room floor! If you want to see this kind of thing done extremely well check out The Challenge - La Sfida
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Ironically for A Manga that was known for its great fights and Action,this has little.or very lacklustre scenes of both.A Cracking cast has been gathered especially Chris Penn and the Legend that is Malcolm McDowell,but its all vey Muddled,which surprises Me,given that the Script was Co-Authored by Pete Atkins,the guy that brought us the Above Average Hellraiser 3 and Wishmaster flick.I really wanted to like this,but Just didn't .
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If you love fist of the north star.
STAY AWAY from this utter utter tosh its possible the worst film Iv'e ever seen right up there with double dragon it doesn't even hold as a deicent martial arts flick I watched it alone and still felt embarrassed I just wish I could give this slice of dross 0 stars
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This film is the kind of thing a 14 year old boy would think is really cool, having stayed up late to watch it against his parents wishes (I did back then!). To be honest, it's still a guilty pleasure. Its set in Mad Max type world where the strongest will survive and the people need a hero. Gary Daniels is that unwilling hero and with his haunted expressions he made for a good Kenshiro. However, the script is dreadful and if you care to watch the Daniels interview, he admits himself that the superbly choreographed fight scenes were then completely mis-shot and edited. This is a real shame because his talents are not portrayed fully due to way the fights were edited. The final fight scenes provide the best action but the rest is relatively poor. A cameo by Malcolm McDowell was unusual and I can't really think why he would accept such a minor role in this genre.

Another major beef is that the film doesn't really reflect the plot of the anime version. It has Shin and Kenshiro as the main characters, but this isn't really the true plot. I suppose it works in it's own right as a film, but this won't please fans of the original story. Even so, there isn't any history of the whole Kensiro-Julia-Shin relationship, so you're left so deduce that Shin a basically just a maniac. Frustrating.

They did manage, I think, to capture the atmosphere of the world in which Kenshiro endures, and the casting of him and the other main characters was very good. It's a shame that the budget was clearly limited as I believes to do it justice, this would need two or possibly even three films.

I have to mention that they have made a real good effort with the DVD extras - better than you get with most films!
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A lot of the reviews on here seem to be referring to the Animated movie. This is not it. This live-action version is awful. One of the worst films ever made. Check out the IMDB rating. The animated version is great though. Look for that instead.
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