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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

Lik wong (original title)
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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Ka-Kui Ho ...
Yukari Ôshima ...
Huang Chaun
Kan-Wing Tsang ...
Old Ma
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Sa (as Chan Kwok-Bong)
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Taizan
Frankie Chi-Leung Chan ...
Hai (as Chi-leung Chan)
King Chan ...
Ba Chu
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ...
Kuang (as Philip Kwok)
Ji Keung Wong ...
Guan Dao
Kwai-Hung Wong ...
Shorty
Kwok-Leung Wong ...
Manabu the Warden's Son
Kai Wing Lam ...
Wildcat Samuel
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Master Zhang Shangui
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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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"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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The way that Riki's girlfriend jumps off to her death changes before she hits the ground. See more »

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Oscar: [Oscar has blinded Ricky] Some powder glass from the assistant warden. Let's see you're as strong, when your blind.
[Ricky starts punching the air due to not being able to see, Oscar then takes his knife and cuts Ricky's arm, he then knocks Ricky to the ground]
Oscar: Well blind man, you're arm's gone now. Ricky, you're finished.
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Gore epic.
16 April 2005 | by (Hawaii, USA) – See all my reviews

Close second to "Dead Alive" as goriest film ever made. Rivers of ridiculously over-exaggerated red will fill your screen and turn your stomach.

Riki was just an innocent (though super-powered, think Mr. Incredible) youth until the day his girlfriend was killed in a botched rape attempt by gangsters. After dealing out his bloody revenge he is carted off to prison where he wishes to serve his sentence as peacefully and undisturbed as he can. However, this pseudo sci-fi Asian prison is any thing but peaceful. Prison film clichés ensue (ie. corrupt guards, an evil warden, an escape attempt).

Technically speaking, the movie isn't very good. The sets lack believability, the dialogue is pretty horrible, and the acting is way over board. The bad guys seem to be bad because they can be...either that or they are just bored, one or the other. Outside of Riki, there is no background attached to any of the characters and none of them are ever developed properly. Additionally, the plentiful fight scenes aren't choreographed very well. Top it all off with some of the cheesiest kung-fu dubs ever recorded and you have a film suffering from lack of talent.

So why the positive score? This is a damn fun movie, that's why. Each and every fight scene ends with a gory display of gruesome blood letting. Heads crushed, stomachs torn open, eyes popped out, faces cut off, one villain even tries to strangle Riki with his own intestines. Amidst the crimson flow, the dumb-as-a-brick story is awash in unintentional humor; the more serious it takes itself the funnier it is. Even the gore itself makes for a joke, it's so over the top it ceases to offend and becomes a sight gag.

Main stream viewers will not get this movie and will simply not like it. Genre fans, however, will find the holy grail of gore flicks.

8/10


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