I've been trying to find a movie for years on and off. The problem is searching - the keywords return too many potential movies, so am hoping this will jog someone's memory, even though that is a long shot.


I watched it between 10 or maybe 20 years ago - am 80% sure.

At the time it seemed like an older movie, like it was from the 70's or possibly early 80s - am only 60% sure, could have been any date given I watched it a long time ago.

I recall it was martial arts related (even if only loosely), and the protagonist was trained.
But it was not a serious martial arts movie, it was slightly tongue in cheek - I think intentionally, rather than how some people perceive old martial arts movies to be silly/funny.

The humour, if I remember correctly, is similar to "Kung Pow" (but it is not that) but a bit more toned down - i.e. not quite as silly, but this could possibly be there were less jokes.

Country of Origin/Language

I think it's an American movie, based on what I recall from the protagonist - 75% sure (ish).

It was also English spoken language - 98% sure (do not remember subs at all).

Main identifying part

The main thing I remember is the protagonist was wandering like a nomad across vast open lands, not desert.

He came across a small hut, about 6/8 feet wide (made of wood or could have been hide covered, not sure).

He then for some reason hit someone in the chest in a very particular way - like the Kill Bill "Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique" (but not that).

The reason for the attack, I think, was the other person was coming to kill him, I think a contract out on him, but not 100% sure.

The punch might not have been "5 point", I seem to recall he did something similar, then stood back.

The outcome for the person he hit was death - either heart stopped, exploded, or I think the chest exploded out in an over the top manner (was possibly intentionally silly/OTT).

I seem to recall there was a youngish boy stood close by watching all of this (about 10-12 years old, possibly lived in the hut), and the protagonist said something to him.
I think it was along the lines of something corny, and then he walked off nonchalantly as if he had said something amazing.

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    Now that's actually an ID question with effort. Congratulations and welcome to the site! – Napoleon Wilson Aug 12 '15 at 23:50
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    That being said, seeing how Kill Bill was influenced by pretty much everything, there might be a chance its "5 point exploding heart technique" might have been a reference to this movie, if they were sufficiently similar. So looking at that movie's influences and the movies it referenced might be a good starting point. – Napoleon Wilson Aug 12 '15 at 23:52
  • @TomCody Thanks :) Been deliberating over posting this for a while. It's a long shot, but you never know... I'll try that. not exaggerating I've probs spent 50+ hours searching this over the years on and off. Trawled through all sorts of movies, stars names, etc. – James Aug 12 '15 at 23:52
  • @James Is it in English? Is it likely an American film? – Catija Aug 12 '15 at 23:53
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    It's been a while, but when I hear tongue-in-cheek martial arts movies, I think of They Call Me Bruce and the sequel They Still Call Me Bruce. Could those be what you're looking for? – Tim S. Aug 27 '15 at 16:32

Well, based on your description, I think the movie you are talking is "Fist of the North Star"

Here is the imdb voice


The Live action movie was made in the 1995 (exactly 20 years ago).

The story is poorly adapted from the anime "Hokuto no Ken"


a post-apocaliptic wasteland is the main scenario of this anime, an epic story of love, fights and mutants...

  • YES! years of searching the internet for mountains of keywords is finally over! Thank you so much!! Although, re-reading my question description I obviously have a terrible memory. I remember the punch scene at 0:54 differently with heart exploding, but it being a head explode is obviously why I could only find Kill Bill in my searching , and it wasn't tongue in cheek at all. But this is it. Honestly, I have just sighed a bit of relief. – James Sep 19 '15 at 2:26
  • Did you just sign up to post this? – James Sep 19 '15 at 2:27
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    well you were young, and this movie is tongue in cheek after all, due to bad acting and poor visual style... I was 15 when I see for the first time the anime "Hokuto no Ken"... Now I am 43... (gosh... seems yesterday) :D youtube.com/watch?v=U3WCNwuuX1w – Walter Loggetti Sep 19 '15 at 2:31
  • Not far behind you, and yes, people lie at my birthday, I'm still 20 AFAIK...:D – James Sep 19 '15 at 2:43

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