Tired of watching cartoons with big old heads and little plots? Tired of watching anime that literally bores you to sleep? Well that’s where fist of the North Star says screw that and watch. As a young kid I remember literally passing this movie in the anime section at West Coast Video with the VHS screaming for me to watch (by the way, I’m not as old as you think). It took me a few years in to my mid teens to check it out. All I can say without ruining it for those who haven’t checked it out, it’s a lot of fun, mind-blowing Gore and an interesting story. I guarantee that you’ll eventually pick up on the Mad Max vibe. I didn’t notice it. I literally watched the 1979 Mad Max a few months ago and was like, hmm familiar!
As a teenager I loved stuff like this. Like I was saying, the Gore, the epicness and the overall quality made this movie ahead of it’s time. Now I have the remastered version on DVD at home. I watched it again last night and I have to say it had same effect now as it did then. The characters are obvious in away with good intentions and the evil ones, but overall some are just there and others are important. The main characters aren’t difficult to figure out, but it focuses on Kenshiro. He is the youngest of four adopted sons trained by the previous Hokuto Shinken successor, Ryuken. As a child, he was sent to Japan, along with his future nemesis Raoh and Raoh’s brother Toki, to escape from their homeland, the war-torn Land of Asura. Along with Raoh, Toki and a fourth student named Jagi, Kenshiro, the youngest of the four, was trained in the art of Hokuto Shinken and eventually named successor by Ryuken. Kenshiro fights against various ruffians who threaten the lives of the post-apocalyptic survivors, as well as numerous rival martial artists surviving the nuclear war. He tried to live in peace with his fiancee Yuria, until Jagi persuades Shin, a jealous rival from school, to challenge, then defeat Kenshiro. Shin then engraved the iconic seven scars on Kenshiro’s chest by stabbing Kenshiro with his fingertips and left him for dead. That’s where the story begins. Do yourself a favor and check out this classic. If you’ve already seen it, watch it again lol. Til next time everybody!