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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

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A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mei Sheng Fan ...
Assistant Warden
Ka-Kui Ho ...
Yukari Ôshima ...
Yomi - Huang Chuan
Kan-Wing Tsang
Kwok-Pong Chan ...
Hai's Godson (as Chan Kwok-Bong)
Kôichi Sugisaki ...
Kitamakura
Chi-leung Chan ...
Narumi - Hai
King Chan
Phillip Kwok Chung-Fung ...
Lin Hung (as Philip Kwok)
Ji Keung Wong
Kwai-Hung Wong
Kwok-Leung Wong ...
Prison Warden's Son
Kai Wing Lam
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Master Chang (Guest star)
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The story is set in the year of 2001 in a prison owned by a major company. A new prisoner sees his friends being harassed and killed by the guards and seeks his revenge. Written by Martin Blom <Martin.Blom@hks.se>

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The Greatest Hong Kong Martial Arts Action Revenge Gore-Soaked Prision Breakout Love Story Cult Film of 1991 Ever Put on DVD!!! (2010 Media Blasters Remastered DVD Edition)


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Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for some drug content | See all certifications »

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5 October 1991 (Japan)  »

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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky  »

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"The Gang of Four" was an actual group that existed in China in the 1960's and 1970's. The members were Jiang Qin (wife of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong), Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen. All four were convicted of anti-party activies and given life sentences. See more »

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When Ricky punches down the prison wall, the wires pulling the chunks of debris are clearly visible. See more »

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Rikki O/Eric: [last lines; Riki-Oh breaks the prison wall] You're all free now!
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References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

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Comic-book shocker, with gallons of blood and gore!!...
7 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

STORY OF RICKY (Li Wang)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Mono

After killing the drug-addicted lowlife who murdered his fiancée, an unlucky strongman (Terry Fan Siu-wong) is remanded to a corrupt prison where he's forced to defend himself against inmates and tyrannical officials, spilling gallons of blood and gore along the way...

Notorious for its splattery violence and hyper-stylized melodrama, STORY OF RICKY - derived from the Japanese manga 'Riki-Oh' created by Tetsuya Saruwatari - is directed by former cinematographer Laam Naai-choi, whose earlier efforts (THE SEVENTH CURSE, EROTIC GHOST STORY, etc.) rarely scaled the same dizzy heights of outrage and audacity. Shot on a shoestring budget in Macao, the film combines high octane bloodshed with "Carry On"-style humor (watch out for the incredible moment when a character uses his intestines as a weapon!), mixed with visual references to earlier exploitation fare such as THE STREET FIGHTER (1974) and THE FURY (1978), though the makeup effects are rudimentary at best, in keeping with the film's comic-book tone.

Japanese actress Yukari Oshima takes second billing as one of the *male* villains (she's dubbed with a masculine voice), and fan favorite Gloria Yip (SAVIOUR OF THE SOUL) plays the hero's ill-fated girlfriend in a series of corny 'feel-good' flashbacks. But the film belongs to handsome, hunky Terry Fan, ripping his shirt off at the drop of an intestine and posing impressively for the various combat sequences. Clothed or unclothed, he's never less than magnificent to behold, and director Laam uses the actor's exaggerated studliness to lampoon the homoerotic spectacle which once fuelled 'golden age' kung fu pictures. It ain't Shakespeare, but trash/splatter fans will embrace the movie with gusto. Also known as STORY OF RICKY AKA RIKI-OH.

(Cantonese dialogue)


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