FIST OF THE NORTH STAR (1995)
Directed by Tony Randal
Melvin Van Peebles
Downtown Julie Brown
Andre Rosey Brown
A post-apocalyptic warrior wages war against the evil overlord who murdered his father and imprisoned his true love.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the Earth is barren and the strong survive by preying on the weak, the series follows the journey of Kenshiro, the successor of Hokuto Shin Ken ( “Divine Fist of the North Star”), a secret martial arts style that allows its practitioner to destroy an opponent’s body from within by striking into their secret channeling points, often resulting in a violent and gruesome death. Kenshiro uses his skills to protect the weak and innocent.
The live –action film FIST OF THE NORTH STAR is only very loosely based on the manga and anime of the same name. The Storyline of the original is way bigger and more complex than this extremely downwatered version.
Fans of the Manga or Anime will cringe watching this. The manga was adapted into two TV anime series produced by Toei Animation which aired on Fuji TV affiliates from 1984 through 1988, comprising a combined total of 152 episodes. Several films, OVAs, and video games had been produced as well, including a series of spin-offs centering around other characters from the original story. (wikipedia)
So, you see, it cannot hold a candle to a story of that volume. The very same thing happened to Dragonball, how can you try and melt a series of several hundred episodes into an 80 minutes movie, to ripp off a million kids for their movie ticket money? This film compresses the whole thing into a simple „bad guy kills good guy(almost), takes his girl-good guy recovers , kills bad guy and gets the girl(who also holds the seeds of the future ).“ While the sets, costumes and effects are pretty good, Gary Daniels looks weird(doesn`t he always), the villain was laughable(especially when he tries to make Julia love him), and the fights are mediocre. It`s like you wanna like it, but the fighting looks just plain silly and makes you wheep.It looks way cooler in the animated version. The film doesn`t run 103 minutes as noted in imdb, it never was this long and never will be.The uncut running time is about 92 minutes.
So, unless you wanna have a good time with a bad film, this is a train-wreck of a movie, shaming the source material. The animated feature of FIST OF THE NORTH STAR(1986) is much more fun. Proof, that some things simply don`t translate well into another medium.