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Fist of the North Star, Vol. 1

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This action-packed and stylish Japanese animated adventure is set in a smoldering, ruined post-nuclear holocaust world where violence rules. It is based on a popular series of graphic novels. Since the great war, the world has become divided into tough little nations, nations that must fight hard to survive. Ken is the leader of one such nation, North Star. One day, elder Ryuken commands him to go into the world and make peace with the other barbarians. During his journey, Ken befriends a mischievous teen and a ...
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This action-packed and stylish Japanese animated adventure is set in a smoldering, ruined post-nuclear holocaust world where violence rules. It is based on a popular series of graphic novels. Since the great war, the world has become divided into tough little nations, nations that must fight hard to survive. Ken is the leader of one such nation, North Star. One day, elder Ryuken commands him to go into the world and make peace with the other barbarians. During his journey, Ken befriends a mischievous teen and a sweet young girl who is too naive to be as hopeless as the rest. Along the way, the three engage in graphic, bloody battles with a series of terrifying mutants. Although animated, this film may be too vividly violent with its stylized but realistic scenes of dismemberment, decapitation, and blood- gushing disembowelment for children.
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Special Features

Digitally remastered fullscreen; Stereo; English & Japanese languages ; English subtitles; Character bios; Photo gallery; Prologue; Japanese credits; Manga extras
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One of the biggest anime and manga sensations of the 1980s, Fist of the North Star is a nonstop parade of supercharged he-man might-makes-right heroics. In the near future in this case, the late '80s, the world has been deep-fried in a nuclear war. Out of the ashes rise savagery, motorcycle gangs, and insanely powerful mutant kung fu fighters. Sly Stallone look-alike Kenshiro, a master of the deadly North Star technique which involves exploding one's foes by hitting their energy points, wanders the ruins in search of his lost love, Julia, who has been kidnapped by archrival Shin, master of the Southern style. That an involving and emotional story manages to come out of this premise is almost beside the point. Most anime fans should be content with Fist's real appeal. It's something of a martial arts Mad Max that makes delirious use of exclamation points and boasts a ritualistic penchant for exploding heads and limbs. The Volume One DVD begins with "God or Devil?!," in which a thirsty Kenshiro runs afoul of both roving muscle-bound bandits and villagers who accuses him of stealing water. Along the way, he makes two young friends: petty thief Bart and the traumatized Lynn. In "The Zankai Ken Death Blow," Kenshiro and Bart must rescue a bag of precious rice seeds from a hostile gang. "In a City Without Light, a Lone Fist Burns!" brings us face-to-face for the first time with Shin, and Lynn is kidnapped to be a slave. Ken faces hulking gang leader Heart and realizes that Shin is behind much of his recent woe in "Attack on the Bloody Cross!" The origins of Ken and Shin's longstanding rivalry over both martial arts and the beautiful Julia are neatly laid out via flashback in "Can the Flames of Love Burn in Hell?" In "Search Order from Satan," Ken faces the military-fascist God's Army gang in a corrupt oasis town. And fun continues as Ken faces the sadistic, super-powered Colonel in episode seven, "Villains." Volk Lindsay
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • UPC: 660200411626
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Source: Manga Video
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Time: 3:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wally Burr Voice Only
Michael McConnohie Voice Only
Tony Oliver Voice Only
Holly Sidell Voice Only
Greg Snegoff Voice Only
Melodee Spivack Voice Only
John Vickery Voice Only
Technical Credits
Toyoo Ashida Director
Katsuhisa Hattori Score Composer
Tamiyo Hosoda Cinematographer
Carl Macek Producer
Susumu Takahisa Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. 1 [1:35]
2. 2 [1:36]
3. 3 [1:36]
4. 4 [1:35]
5. 5 [1:36]
6. 6 [1:35]
7. 7 [1:37]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Episode Access
   Set-Up
      English Stereo
      Japanese Stereo
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Character Bios
         Zeed
         Julia
         Kenshiro
         Lynn
         Bart
         "The Jacks"
         Shin (a.k.a. King)
         Sergeant Madd
      Photo Gallery
      Prologue
      Japanese Credits
      Manga Extras
         Manga Video Previews
         Manga DVD Catalogue
         Weblinks
   Manga Extras
      Manga Video Previews
      Manga DVD Catalogue
      Weblinks
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fist Of The North Star is my fav old school anime

    Kenshiro is my fav of all time. I have the movie on VHS and the show on VHS and DVD. Can't wait for Shin Hokuto No Ken to show up on DVD later this Spring.

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