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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1992)

Cast: Fan Siu-Wong, Fan Siu-Wong, Philip Kwok, more...
Director: Simon Nam, Simon Nam
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Tokyo Shock
Genre: Action, Cult, Foreign, Prison, Hong Kong
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
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In the year 2001, many government institutions have become privatized commercial ventures, like the men's prison where young Riki-Oh (Sui-Wong Fan) is sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter and assault. The ruthless gangsters who control the prison break an old man's face open in the prison lavatory as the film begins. The nearly superhuman Ricky trips one of the guards so his face is impaled on a spiked board in retaliation, and vows to avenge the old man when he hangs himself in despair. When the guards send the huge, Sumo-like Zorro after him in the prison shower, Ricky bloodily disembowels the man with his bare hands and apparently breaks another man in half with a single punch. Ricky is taken to the assistant warden, who has a metal hook-hand and a glass eye (he keeps mints in the socket). He impales Ricky's hand with his hook and beats him, but is quickly reduced to quaking fear by Ricky's incredible abilities. In an outrageous fight scene, a gangster named Oscar cuts Ricky's arm open with a knife and throws ground glass in his eyes, but Ricky ties his own veins together and knocks Oscar's eyeball out with a sharp cuff to the back of the head. Oscar then commits hara-kiri and tries to strangle Ricky with his own intestines before dying. There's a head broken like a vase, a saw-toothed machete to the face, people skinned alive, and the main plot -- Ricky fighting the evil opium-growing crooks running the prison -- gets somewhat lost in the flood of gore and guts, but it doesn't matter a bit. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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hypocenter of the kung-fu nuke by Popnfresh November 20, 2007 - 10:15 AM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Based on its pieces, you'd think Riki-Oh would be a complete waste of your precious time. Somehow this film makes itself essential viewing.

Riki-Oh was legend when I was in junior high school, when we had to rent the VHS movie player along with the movie. It's made the transition from "cool gross-out film" to "gross-out, cool parody film" and is somehow more fun at age 36 than it was at age 13.

Prepare to be blown away by toddandsteph October 26, 2006 - 9:33 PM PDT
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky: Instead of writing a normal review, I'll copy and paste somethings I told my cousin about this one. Enjoy. "Um, beyond that, I saw this crazy Chinese flick called Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky that's probably the raddest gore movie ever. In one scene, superhuman Ricky punches through a guys throat upwards so his fist comes out of his mouth. All the effects are practical so while being cheesy, it's still awesome. If you remember Craig Kilbourn Daily Show era, you might remember seeing a clip from this flick on the end credits. Remember that shot they used of the guy's head getting smashed? That's from Ricky. Oh, and I forgot to mention, Ricky licks the blood off of his hand or lip before every fight scene. And takes off his shirt a lot. Did I mention this flick takes place in a prison ran by not 1, mind you, but 2 sadistic wardens and has ridiculous characters with names like Zorro and Rogan? Oh, and it's set in the futuristic 2001 (it was made in '92). So, yeah, pretty much the raddest movie ever." **** and 1/2 * out've *****

legendary by bdmulvey August 21, 2005 - 12:02 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
this is perhaps the most over the top tongue in cheek asian film ever made (aside from drunken wu tang). although this appears to be a 'banned' film, it is in no shape or form to be taken like a serious violent or gory film, although it is violent and gory. it's done in such a power rangers meets gumby way, however, that there's just too much to laugh at. tremendously low budget looking considering it's only about 15 years old. not far off from a 'turkish star wars' kind of thing actually, but thankfully subtitled- and dubbed- with little connection to each other.

the old daily show 'guy smashing the head' loop was from this film.

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