Saturday, March 23

Movie Review: Fist of the North Star (1986)





Film Title: Fist of the North Star (English dub)
Length:  1h 50min 
Released: 1986
Genre:   Animation, Action, Drama 
Rating: "not rated" (I would say PG-13 or R)
Where I Got It: Amazon Prime

SUMMARY:

A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind.









TRAILER:




REVIEW:
This is based on the TV show. Differences of course, but pretty much a slimmed down version. Since I adored the original show, why not check out the movie? 

The story follows Ken who's love is stolen from him and is left for dead in the middle of nowhere. He lives of course. He wants to get revenge and get his girl back. He comes across some unlikely allies. 

Oh my. The English dub was horrendously funny. I should've just tracked down the Japanese version with English subtitles. Bleh...but what can you do when that is all you got? 

Looking past the bad dub version...I enjoyed the story. There were somethings and some characters I wished made the cut. Like Mamyia. BUT it is a very slimmed down version and it did work. 

Ooooh Ken. I always feel for him. He just wants to start trying to grow things to help humanity with his boo, but gah, people are selfish jerks. Power speaks louder than hope. 

The ending left me with some hope and I am curious about the 2nd movie. Maybe my favorite character will make even a cameo? We shall see. I will for sure want the Japanese version though with an English subtitle. 

Overall, such a classic story and I love it. It made me want to rewatch the original show or even play the game. Fun with a deeper meaning. The dub was terrible...so I recommend the other one. I'll give this 3. It would be 2, but it is still a good story overall. 





3 comments:

Sophia Rose said...

Looks like a few set backs with the movie version with the dubbing and cutting of your fav character, but glad it still gave you a fun re-experience of a favorite series.

Blodeuedd said...

Ugh, do not even say dubbed, blergh

Too bad M did not show up ;)

Carole Rae said...

Melliane, yesss a few issues but it was nice

B, ughh I knooow and I'm bummed!