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After a nuclear holocaust tears the world apart, mankind is forced to the harshness of not only the oppression of others who are much more powerful, but the dead earth which seems to be getting worse with every passing moment. But a savior has risen from the ashes, a man who will defeat those who would torment the weak and make the world a livable place once more. A man named Kenshiro.....
Title: Hokuto No Ken
Release Date: September 27, 1991
Runtime: 105 mins
All Genres: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Buried.com Rating: 7.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: R
Akira Kamiya ...Kenshiro (voice)
yuriko yamamoto ...yuria (Julia) (voice)
Kenji Utsumi ...Ken-O (Raoh) (voice)
Chikao Otsuka ...Jagi (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ...Shin (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ...Rei (voice)
Tomiko Suzuki ...Rin (Lynn) (voice)
Teiyu Ichiryusai ...Bat (Bart) (voice) (as Mie Suzuki)
Arisa Ando ...Airi (voice)
Junji Chiba ...Ryuken (voice)
Hidekatsu Shibata ...Zeed (voice)
Junpei Takiguchi ...Heart (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...Fox (voice)
Hiroshi Otake ...Jackal (voice)
Daisuke Gori ...Uighur (voice)
Takeshi Watabe ...Kiba Daio (Fang King) (voice)
Joji yanami ...Gulf (voice)
Kohei Miyauchi ...Old Man (voice)
yasuro Tanaka ... (voice)
Koji yada ...Colonel (voice)
Banjo Ginga ...Z Punk with seeds (voice)
yusaku yara ...Nunchaku man (voice)
Masayuki Kato ... (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ...Thug with saw in head (voice)
Ryoichi Tanaka ... (voice)
Masaharu Sato ... (voice)
Ikuya Sawaki ... (voice)
Kozo Shioya ... (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi ... (voice)
Reiko Suzuki ...Old Woman (voice)
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Hokuto No Ken Horror Film Trailer 1
"Heart of Madness"
- Kenshirô: Shin Shin: The time has come. Yuria is mine now. In times like these only the strongest may possess what is most valuable! Yuria: [Shin grabs her hand] Uh. What are you doing? Uh. Kenshirô: Let her go! Shin: Get back! I warned you. Don't stand in my way Ken, I don't want to hurt you but I will if I have to. You see, Yuria is mine. Understand? Yuria: This is madness. The fists of the north and south aren't ever supposed to fight, you know that! Shin: Perhaps that was true once but now rules are meaningless. Defend yourself!
Yuria: Shin. At one time you were Ken's closest friend. He trusted and respected you. When your were chosen as fist of the south star, he was glad for you, glad for his friend's success but you were never really his friend were you? Shin: Yes I was, but then he left and when he came back he brought you. First time I saw you I knew you would be mine someday and that day has come!
Jagi: Shin has broken all the rules and the thing that Ken trusted him like a brother, but we are his brothers. You are the strongest Raoh. You got to get down there and challenge Shin to a fight. Jagi: You know you can take him. Now with Ken out of the way, you will be the fist of the north star. Jagi: Of course it's your decision to face him or not and I won't blame you if you don't. After all we both know what happens if you challenge the power of the fist and fail. You either bleed to death, become a mindless vegetable or worse. But I am certain you're strong enough to win. And who know better than me? I 'm your brother aren't I? [Raoh opens his right eye and looks at Jagi]
Jagi: Shin has broken all the rules and the thing that Ken trusted him like a brother, but we are his brothers. You are the strongest Raoh. You got to get down there and challenge Shin to a fight. Jagi: You know you can take him. Now with Ken out of the way, you will be the fist of the north star. Jagi: Of course it's your decision to face him or not and I won't blame you if you don't. After all we both know what happens if you challenge the power of the fist and fail. You either bleed to death, become a mindless vegetable or worse. But I am certain you're strong enough to win. And who knows better than me? I 'm your brother aren't I? [Raoh opens his right eye and looks at Jagi]
Ryűken: [Opening the doors] Ryűken, the fist of the north star has been defeated. Shin crushed him as he would an insect. When you chose Ken as your successor, I told you that it should have been me and I was right! Stand up, I'll prove it to you! I challenge you to a test of strenght! Ryűken: Physical strenght is no substitute for perception. For perception is the key which unlocks the intangible powers of the spirit. You perceive nothing. Ken-Ô: You silly old fool. Stop hiding behind your metaphors and metaphysical fantasies. The fist of the north star is dead! Ryűken: Your point? Ken-Ô: Don't you understand? Now I'm fist of the north star! [Breaking havoc] Ken-Ô: My power is greater than ever before. No one can stand against me. Ryűken: May be, but you see, power without perception is virtually useless and therefore of no true value! Ken-Ô: Useless? hehe. Ryűken, what a foolish old man you are. Any tool is useful if you know how to use it, and I have become an expert. Watch! Admit it. At this moment, I'm more powerful than you ever were. I am fist of the north star. Ryűken: I don't agree and I never shall. Go and do what you must Raoh but never set foot in this dojo again!
- Vampire Hunter D of the 1985 anime movie of the same name makes a cameo appearance as a villager in the scene where Raoh's second-in-command, Uighur, reveals the pot of flowers to the people. Toyoo Ashida, the director of the film, directed Vampire Hunter D one year prior to directing the anime Hokuto No Ken movie.
Similarly, Kenshiro makes a cameo in Vampire Hunter D as a villager during the scene where the Count’s messenger arrives in the village to give the candle to Rei Ginsei.
Ryűken's speech regarding the nature of life and death, which opens the English dub, is quoted verbatim by Jeru the Damaja on the intro to his classic album The Sun Rises in the East.
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