Ranked #2124

Hokuto no Ken Movie

Alternative Titles

English: Fist of the North Star Movie
Japanese: 北斗の拳


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 8, 1986
Producers: Toei Animation, DiscotekL
Source: Unknown
Duration: 1 hr. 50 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.321 (scored by 4,896 users)
Ranked: #21242
Popularity: #2760
Members: 7,860
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Following a cataclysmic nuclear war, the world teeters on the brink of complete destruction. Civilization is polarized into a degenerate society where opposing packs of marauding scavengers prey on helpless, homeless nomads. For those who are lucky enough to survive the constant brutality and danger, it is a bleak existence. Life an death blur into abstractions. The only hope left for mankind is to find a hero worthy of becoming the next "Fist of the North Star" - an enlightened warrior - who is capable of leading those with the will to survive out of this barrenness into a new world. But in this savage no-man's land of shifting loyalties and power-hungry demi-gods, heroes are in short supply.

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Producer, Screenplay, ADR Director
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Ending Theme

"Purple Eyes" by Kodomo Band (movie, edited without vocals)

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Jun 28, 2015
"To survive in this era, what else can we use but violence?"


Kids these days talk about Jojo like it's the manliest, baddest ass, GARest thing there's ever been. Don't get me wrong, Jojo is a lot of fun- but there's always that one that came before, and boy does Fist of the North Star kick some ass.

Warning: not for weak, weenie men.

You want a 30 foot tall guy getting kicked through TWO mountains?
You want brutal, bloody violence, countless decapitations, man openers, vertical splits, exploding heads, dismemberments, disembowelments, and more?!
Ken even karate chop drops a skyscraper on his head and his face just plows through read more
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Oct 6, 2015
Just to get a basic idea of how the 109 episode show (1984) compared to the obviously condensed movie (1986), the first 12 episodes, or as known today as a season were watched. Those 12 episodes covered only a small section of the “Shin” arc and contain mostly fillers after the initial introduction of the main characters. The main directors and producers from both were different, but still kept the same essence of Fist of the North Star.

Plot wise, it is extremely simple. Our main protagonist, Kenshiro’s woman has been stolen by Shin, his old martial arts training friend. However, even though the story is read more
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Mar 28, 2015

I had to dump my girlfriend because she watched "Fist of the North Star: The Movie" and instantly became a man!

The movie adaptation of Hokuto no Ken attempts to cram over 100 episodes of anime or just over 200 chapters of manga into a 2 hour run time. As you probably guessed, a LOT of character development and world building gets left out and this is a somewhat flawed adaptation of the original because it was so rushed. What it does have is some of the most batshit insane, manly action scenes in the history of anime! This movie absolutely DEFINED anime for a read more
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Apr 4, 2015
The Earth is plundered and becomes an almost completely dead planet. As a result, clean water and food are scarce. Many bandits and would be kings engage in war to wipe out the other. Due to these events, innocent people are caught in the crossfire, and happen to fall victim to tyrants and would be kings.

Kenshiro, the master of a deadly art called "Hokuto No Ken" stands up for the weak. But, he too falls victim to a self proclaimed king when he's beaten in battle, and his woman named Yuria is taken. Now, Ken must recover from his wounds, and seek out the read more
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If you are one of those thousands who watch this newest JoJo series right now, and you feel that there is something about it that you like, yet you can't put your finger on what it is exactly, here is a suggestion. Try watching Hokuto no Ken and see if you will get this same feeling. And you don't have to watch the 100 episodes long TV series, just check out the movie.

Or you are one of those who watched everything Hokuto no Ken and you are lamenting the fact that they don't make anime like this anymore? Give JoJo's Bizarre Adventures a  read more 
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Both are very violent with heavy emphasis on action (but with swords instead of fists).
Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star's lead) and Jubei (Ninja Scroll's lead) are both very similar in their battles and exploits (Jubei is perhaps a little less scrupulous and more antiheroic than Kenshiro though). Both also feature female romantic interests in the form of Yuria (Fist) and Kagero (Scroll). 
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Anime: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)
If you saw JoJo 2012 and decided you really like manly men doing manly things, you will love Hokuto no Ken: the movie from 1984. The manliest anime EVER! Accept no substitutes! 
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Both have the same concept telling the same story about the world ruined by external forces in Hokuto no ken world ruined as a result of a worldwide nuclear war and many creatures died out and for Casshern Sins the world ruined by our main character who kills the sun and everyone include robots are dying
Also, both animes have similarities about the main characters, for example, both are very strong protecting their friends, killing the bad guys traveling around the world also the settings and backgrounds are similar and they are violated animes
every episode you have new battles and fights against evil 
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Anime: Toriko Movie: Bishokushin no Special Menu
Both are movies featuring manly heroes. Fist of the North Star is obviously more violent in content but both films do contain great animation in its action scenes.The story line in the Toriko series is inspired by Fist of the North Star, however the movie simply serves as a presentation to its cast and unique setting. Oddly enough, both of these theatrical films have a similar subplot on flowers and the preservation of nature. 
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Both are MANLY 80's shonen jump titles! The plot for Otokojuku's film involves our main characters to participate in the Big Battle August Tournament taking place in America. Fist Of The North Star is a retelling of the first 50 eps in the series displayed in a more epic & high quality format but story differences are to be expected. While Otokojuku's film isn't as gory as North Star, it does contain those masculine vibes such as a courageous spirit. It should be noted that the series for Otokojuku is heavily inspired by Fist Of The North Star due to its many character designs especially  read more 
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