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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

Lik wong (original title)
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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.


(as Simon Nam)


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Riki-Oh Saiga
... Cyclops Dan
... The Warden
Yukari Ôshima ... Huang Chaun
Kan-Wing Tsang ... Old Ma
... Sa (as Chan Kwok-Bong)
... 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
... 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The shelf behind the assistant warden's office are filled with pornography films. See more »


Obvious usage of dummy heads or faces for the violence. See more »


Assistant Warden Dan: Alright! You got a lot of guts Oscar!
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One of the bloodiest, most over the top horror comedy martial arts films ever made (Or maybe the only one)
4 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you hate blood and guts (literally) stop reading now this movie is in no way for you.

On the popcorn scale of fun brain removed films this is on the top rung for laugh out loud enjoyment.

The plot has Ricky, a kid with super strength being thrown into prison for killing the man responsible for the girl he loved. This is a corrupt privatized prison of the future where the prisoners are nothing more than cheap labor. Ricky instantly gets under the skin of the wardens, the guards and the leaders of the prison population. Cartoon violence with bloody gory consequences ensue. Body parts go flying as Ricky fights to stay alive and help his fellow prisoners.

This is one of the bloodiest movies I've ever seen. Think Python's Salad Days sketch but for 90 minutes. There is blood and limbs everywhere. The effects run from very good to god awful, with most just okay. None of it is really "real".There's no way you could do this film realistic, assuming the plot allowed it, with out having the audience throwing up all over the place. I'm assuming they are done the way they are for effect, we see the effect of the violence and laugh at the silliness of it all while keeping our lunches.

And as the film spins more and more out of control, with plot holes that are more like stellar voids, you find your self staring and laughing at it all, disbelieving that grown people put this together. Its a 12 year-old's action figure dream come true, but some how it all works on an adult level since the film makers seem to be winking and nodding at those watching it.

High camp? Low brow? There is nothing in this film that seems to be serious except for the way that pretty much everyone plays it dead nuts straight to wonderful tongue through cheek effect.

Not a movie you want to see on a first date (or any date) this is a movie to watch with some loud friends with strong stomachs and a great sense of the absurd. Its not a great film as such and I doubt it was ever intended to be, however on the throw your mind out of the car on the way to the video store scale this film rates at the top.

And I can't stress enough this film lives up to its rep for blood and guts. If you don't like to see them flying in every direction stay away stay away stay away.

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