Fist of the North Star, a live-action remake of the popular 1986 Japanimation film, remains faithful to the tale of a cosmic struggle between dueling martial-arts masters. Unfortunately, director Tony Randel (Hellraiser II, Ticks) shies away from the Asian brand of manic ultraviolence, proving that flying limbs were the only thing that made the original interesting. Even the talented cast can’t give Fist any kick; the movie wastes Chris Penn, who plays a refreshingly complex bad guy, and Malcolm McDowell gets killed off in the first five minutes (although that doesn’t keep him from contributing extensive voice-over work throughout). Perhaps it would have looked more epic on a theater screen, but this straight-to-cable slugfest ends up as just another cartoony Road Warrior retread. C-
Fist of the North Star Fist of the North Star, a live-action remake of the popular 1986 Japanimation film, remains faithful to the tale of a cosmic struggle...Fist of the North StarAction/Adventure, Sci-fi and FantasyR Fist of the North Star, a live-action remake of the popular 1986 Japanimation film, remains faithful to the tale of a cosmic struggle...1996-12-06
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: Costas Mandylor, Gary Daniels; Director: Tony Randel; MPAA Rating: R
Posted December 6 1996 — 12:00 AM EST
- James Bay adds some tambourine to Rihanna, Kanye West's 'FourFiveSeconds'
- Bill Cosby accuser tells her story
- Kelela and Arca team up for the gorgeous future-R&B track 'A Message'
- Elizabeth Henstridge talks 'Agents of SHIELD'...while playing 'Mario Kart'
- Jon Stewart gives WWE foe the 'Daily Shoe'--below the belt
- Comedian Matt Braunger on pilot season, his new album 'Big Dumb Animal,' and the science of titles
- 'Agents of SHIELD' eyes Skye's arc: 'Birth of a superhero'