Fist of the North Star is a 1995 American straighttovideo liveaction martial arts film based on the manga of the same name by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara. The film was directed by Tony Randel, who also cowrote the script with Peter Akins, and stars Gary Daniels, Costas Mandylor, Chris Penn, Isako Washio and Malcolm McDowell. A Japanese dub of the film was produced by Toei Video which featured the cast of the 1980s anime TV series reprising their roles.
The film was not reviewed by many mainstream critics, and it got mixed reviews from fans and online critics. Dave Foster of DVD Times panned the movie as a poor adaptation and commented that Kenshiros pressure point techniques look rather tame in comparison to the way depicted in the manga and anime series. A reviewer from eFilmCritic remarked that Kenshiros defeat at the hands of Shin comes off as standard and unbelievably goofy compared to the 1986 animated movie version. However, Video World gave a much more positive review, calling it First rate.citation needed