Fist of the North Star
Fist of the North Star poster
Movie promo poster
Directed by Tony Randel
Produced by Mark Yellen, Akihiro Komine
Written by Peter Atkins, Tony Randel
Starring Gary Daniels
Costas Mandylor
Chris Penn
Music by Christopher L. Stone
Cinematography Jacques Haitkin
Editing by Sonny Baskin
Studio First Look Studios
Release date(s) April 22, 1995
Running time 103 minutes
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English

Fist of the North Star, released in Japan as Hokuto no Ken: Fist of the North Star, is an American-produced live-action movie version of Hokuto no Ken was released in 1995, directed by Tony Randel based on a script by Peter Atkins and Wynne McLaughlin. The movie, loosely based on the Shin storyline of the manga, stars Gary Daniels as Kenshiro, Costas Mandylor as Shin and Japanese actress Isako Washio as Yuria, with Malcolm McDowell as Ryuken and Chris Penn as "Jackal" (actually a renamed Jagi). It also featured a cameo by professional wrestler Big Van Vader as Goliath. The movie saw a direct-to-video release in Japan and America. The Japanese dub saw Akira Kamiya, Mie Suzuki, Tomiko Suzuki, Toshio Furukawa reprise their roles from the anime.



The film was not reviewed by many mainstream critics, and it got poor reviews from fans and online critics. Dave Foster of DVD Times panned the movie as a poor adaptation and commented that Kenshiro's pressure point techniques "look rather tame" in comparison to the way depicted in the manga and anime series.[1] A reviewer from eFilmCritic remarked that Kenshiro's defeat at the hands of Shin "comes off as standard" and "unbelievably goofy" compared to the 1986 animated movie version.[2]

External LinksEdit

  1. Dave Foster. "DVD Times - Fist of the North Star". Retrieved on 2007-07-30.