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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.


(as Simon Nam)


(manga "Riki-oh"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ka-Kui Ho ...
Yukari Ôshima ...
Huang Chaun
Kan-Wing Tsang ...
Old Ma
Sa (as Chan Kwok-Bong)
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 ...
Kwok-Leung Wong ...
Manabu the Warden's Son
Kai Wing Lam ...
Wildcat Samuel
Master Zhang Shangui


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)

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 October 1991 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One scene required Siu-Wong Fan and Yukari Ôshima to exchange lines while standing close to a raging fire. Siu-Wong, doused with water for protection, was horrified when he noticed Ôshima's exposed neck literally smoking and blistering from the heat. When he asked her why she didn't move, she reportedly replied, "You weren't done with your lines, so I had to wait for the cut." Amazed by her professionalism, he referred to her in future interviews as "amazing Yukari." See more »


When one of the guys has a meat cleaver swung to the face, the cut out piece is obviously visible before it hits the guy's face. See more »


Zorro: I was promised seven bags of rice to turn you into mince meat and put you in a pie.
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Referenced in Romeo Must Die (2000) See more »

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Probably the greatest gore flick ever made
1 August 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Looking for a serious meditation on the evils of violence in prison? There's probably better (not to mention more realistic and sensitive) portrayals out there. Looks for an over-the-top kung-fu sci-fi masterpiece filled with bucket loads upon bucket loads of cheap gore? Well, this will certainly satisfy you. Being a cult film fanatic, more than once has a cult-classic failed to live up to the hype surrounding it. This one certainly didn't. It is just as lightning-paced and hilarious as everyone says it is. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is the greatest gore flick of all-time. It's certainly my favorite.

The plot is has more holes and cheese than a swiss cheese factory. Ricky is a good kid who landed in prison for graphically killing a pimp drug dealer who caused the death of his girl. Now the year is the near future of 2001 and hes in a maximum security prison. He has the opportunity to be in the "Gang of Four" (those into post-punk will have a good chuckle), an elite group of prisoners who control different areas. However, due to their corruption and the evil Warden and Assistant Warden, he decides to be a Christ-like figure for the other prisoners. He sets out to destroy the prison in an extremely gory but wonderfully entertaining fashion.

Describing the numerous classic sequences in this film would waste IMDb's valuable space offered to me. I'll just say this, the gore is fantastic. Incredibly fake in that "Braindead"-style, but hilarious. It's hard to get offended by the violence in this film, judging from how over the top it is. Also, the characters are great. The "oh-so-touching" death scenes are priceless and the villains are truly comic book. One man's words cannot describe this kind of brilliance. Only your viewing can. (9/10)

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