Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Fist Of The North Star… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Fist Of The North Star
The Early 90s film producers were noticing the huge popularity of anime cartoons and feature-length animated movies. There were varying degrees of success, starting with Guyver and Crying Freeman. In the mid 90s the director Tony Randel – who was well known for his work on horror films – directed the live-action movie Fist of The North Star, based on the 80s comics which were later turned into a TV series and animated movie.
The movie is considered by many to be a huge let down because it loosely adapts the first few chapters of the original Kenshiro story and changes and cuts out many key characters. Produced on a low budget and starring British martial artist Gary Daniels in the starring role. He is one of the best martial artists in the business but has unfortunately been stuck in B movie flicks.
Fist of the North Star can be considered a guilty pleasure thanks to its gore and visual design. Let’s have a look and see why it failed to impress fans and what level of enjoyment you can take away from the movie after viewing it.