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8/10
Gore epic.
Ky-D16 April 2005
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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8/10
Ludicrously excessive Hong Kong classic
fertilecelluloid16 February 2006
Ngai Kai Lam, the director of the first and best "Erotic Ghost Story", captained this magnificent gore- and fight-fest set in an unconventional Hong Kong prison. It is so gleefully over-the-top that it exists in its own ludicrous stratosphere and is one of the most memorable Hong Kong exploitation films ever made. Siu-Wong Fan is terrific as Riki-oh, a meditative lad who is imprisoned for defending his girlfriend's honor. Possessing almost supernatural strength and fighting prowess, he is forced to fight The Gang of Four, a bunch of crazy, imprisoned superhero types who appear to control the prison's inmates with the approval of the corrupt, one-eyed assistant aarden (Mui Sang Fan), keeper of a massive porno mag collection and owner of a screw-on hook he uses to cart human trash away. The blood-soaked scenes of violence are hilarious and grotesque. Guts are ripped from a man's stomach and used to strangle him. Birds peck out an eyeball. Heads are squashed until they explode. Ricki even knocks down a prison wall with one nasty punch. Originally a Japanese manga (and there's an animated version, too), "The Story of Ricky" has a great, bombastic score, ultra-bloody effects, operatic performances, and a fat Japanese boy, too. It all adds up to top notch entertainment for the whole family.
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10/10
Greatest Film of Its Kind
gavin694220 April 2006
A man jailed for getting his revenge on those who (indirectly) killed his girlfriend gets sent to the prison of the future. While in prison, he discovers an opium greenhouse (not cleverly hidden) and fights plenty of guards, inmates and the warden.

I gave this film a ten, not because it is a cinematic masterpiece... but because this film stands alone as something that can never be equaled. You will not walk away from this film the same person. Its kiss is like jackhammer; when it is through with you, you are changed.

The violence is excessive to the point of being funny -- walls and body parts exploding. It was hard to tell if this film was supposed to be a comedy or action because while the plot is serious, the action is outrageous. And sometimes you can too easily tell that a body part is a model or that walls are being pulled apart by strings.

The dubbing is really funny, and the use of multiple subtitles (in both British English and American English) is amusing. The film probably deserves a decent transfer and better subtitles, but that might take something away from this film's immense cheese factor. The characters are pretty interesting -- a warden who can transform into the Incredible Hulk and his assistant with one eye and a hook for a hand (who has a wall full of pornographic videos).

If you liked the gore of something like "Terror Firmer", you will find this to be in a similar vein (though, in my opinion, far less offensive). If you do not like blood in your movies, you want to run away from this as quickly as possible. But heck, this is seriously something you cannot go through life without seeing. Highest possible recommendation.
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10/10
One of the bloodiest, most over the top horror comedy martial arts films ever made (Or maybe the only one)
dbborroughs4 March 2005
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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8/10
Kick Ass Kung Fu/Gore Flick
EVOL66613 September 2005
STORY OF RICKY is a really fun, gory mix of kung-fu action, horror and comedy all in one. The deal: Ricky is sent to prison after he kills the guys that murder his girlfriend. Ricky gets on the wrong side of the corrupt prison guards and inmates that run the prison when he champions the causes of the weaker inmates...But little do the enemies know that Ricky is a comic-bookesque beast of a fighter - and he proceeds to prove his skills in several gory (and oftentimes hilarious) fight scenes. The acting is ridiculous, the Fx are mostly cheesy, the English language dub is so horrible it's hilarious (and honestly one of the best parts of the film...), and an ending that is completely retarded, STORY OF RICKY is just plain fun. Plenty of the red stuff to keep the goreheads happy, and anyone who enjoys B-movies should really appreciate this one. definitely recommended 8 1/2 out of 10
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7/10
Comic-book shocker, with gallons of blood and gore!!...
Libretio7 June 2005
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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5/10
A Freaky Movie
Mr. Pulse13 March 2000
"Riki Oh" is a frightening piece of work. Some of the bizarrest stuff ever put on celluloid to my knowledge. Every single frame is bursting with insanity and confusion. Don't even try to understand it, you might as well try to divide large numbers in your head for an hour and a half.

Riki is a very hunky prisoner in a future where corporations control everything. I know this information because the producers felt it necessary to put this in TWO different captions at the start of the film. Just so we know.

Young Riki gets into a lot of trouble both with the guards and his fellow inmates. This allows him to rip his shirt off a lot and expose his flexed chest (Seriously, the guy takes his shirt about once every thirty seconds. He puts it back on just so he can take it off again.).

Somehow Riki was given supernatural powers that really help in a prison riot. You see Riki can punch through just about anything, be it animal, mineral or vegetable. He punches through walls, desks, pipes, bars, and lots of human bodies. Yes that's correct, he punches through people. Their arms, legs, stomachs, and sometimes heads.

This excessive violence lends the film to excessive gore. We're talking spilled jugs of Kool-Aid excessive. And you get to see it all; although the worst gore is rarely on screen for more than a split second. Still you get to see a guy eat razors, a person explode like a balloon and one guy get put in a huge meat grinder. Yummy!

The copy I saw was dubbed, and that only added to the fun. I recommend this movie, solely for goofing on it. Otherwise, it is a very bad film. Only for those with a good sense of humor. You have been warned.
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Ultra-gory and mega-funny!
DJ Inferno27 December 2001
This film could be seen as the Chinese version of "Braindead" aka "Dead Alive": a Bruce Lee-like guy named Ricky, who´s talented with supernatural powers, fights his way through a corrupt prison and leaves a trail of blood and guts behind him. For sure, "Story of Ricky" is a very violent and gory flick, but everything in it is so exaggerated that no one should take it too serious: there is gut-strangulation, people in a meat grinder and for the showdown the leader of the prison mutates to a giant Kung Fu-fighting monster..! However, this film is so funny that you will laugh your heads off! Larded with typical Asian humor "Story of Ricky" is one of the definite cult movies that were shot in the last decade! If you had fun with it, try also to find director Ngai Kai Lam´s Indiana Jones-fantasy-action-gore-adventure "The Seventh Curse" (Check out the review which I wrote under my former pseudonym "Daywalker"..!) starring Chow Yun Fat, which contains nearly the same plenty of gore and curious ideas as this one has! Two great films that would make a great double-feature!! Check´em out!!!
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10/10
Swing low sweet chariot
peterpants6619 August 2012
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This is one of those movies with a very unassuming title, it sounds as if it could be a lifetime channel film, or an after school special. The story of ricky or as we know it "Ricky oh" is a complex film that asks no quarter, and gives none, just the most extreme splatter violence in the brief history of the year 1991. It's a movie that is both stomach turning, and hysterical. Characteristics of prison life are well choreographed (drug dealing, mob rule, shower beatings) while hopelessly false in others (people being strangled with their own guts, a whole jaw dismembered post uppercut). But we don't go to the movies for love, we go for spastic bloody violence! Which this movie delivers on absolutely all levels, buckets of blood-check, holes being punched clean through stomach-check, heads being slap exploded-check. This movie has a huge cult following, and you have to give it credit for crossing over to the mainstream. If you watched "the daily show" before Jon Stewart hosted it you might remember Craig Kilborn and his vivacious "five questions" which featured a clip of the head explosion during the questionnaire. As arcade sensation Mortal Kombat was on it's rise a series of sequels emerged, the character JAX performed a fatality where he "clap" explodes his opponent's head! It's a hell of a way to go don't you think? One minute your in prison getting raped in the butt and the next thing you know some goon is crushing your head to the point of explosion. Vaya con dios my friends, bring a napkin!
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9/10
Friggin wicked.
If you are reading this, chances are you have heard lots about this film. If you can find it, buy it. It will be worth every penny, I promise you. The gore in this one is so over-the-top awesome it makes "Friday the 13th" look like "Bambi."

Blood and guts abound in this revenge/action film where a dude gets wrongfully imprisoned, then punished for speaking and acting out against atrocities going on inside the walls. Ricky is definitely one of the coolest heroes of all time. With his super human strength, knack for ripping out people's guts, and compassionate nature, he proves unstoppable against an army of corrupt prison guards, mindless gangsters and bosses, and every single person deserving of a broken back inside the prison.

You'll find yourself rooting for Ricky more than you rooted for Tim Robbins' character in "The Shawshank Redemption." Yea, it's that cool. See it as soon as you can. And like I said, don't rent it or borrow it...buy it. You're gonna want to watch this one repeatedly.

9 out of 10, kids.
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10/10
One man army!
YugoNinja10 March 2007
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I just love low-budget super gore hyper violent Asian flicks. And perhaps The story of Ricky is the best of them. Not one moment passes without someone losing his head or a limb. This sort of movies become popular due to one major factor: they are hilarious! The special effects are good, but the acting and the scenes (hell, the whole story) are ridiculously funny. I mean, I watched it with my 13-year old brother even though it is extremely graphic, but we had the time of our lives. The scene where Ricky's girlfriend jumps off the building in an attempt to escape from her assailants made us literally roll on the floor (and believe me, the scene was meant to be very dramatic). Non-stop action and non-stop laughs.
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8/10
Ha!
schism8310 February 2005
This movie was awesome! The absurdity of the violence is gut-splitting, both literally and metaphorically, yet very intriguing considering the time frame. The directing was much better than I had imagine it would have been, as was the movie as a whole. The young man that played Ricky was perfect. Good lord, was he ripped! The make-up was great. The intestine scene was not only creative as hell, it was very realistic in an exaggerated way of perceiving. Overall, i was thoroughly impressed. I do not know if it was the goriest movie of all time (Dead Alive, a.k.a. Braindead? Ichi the Killer?), as I had been told that it is, but it was definitely one to be easily remembered. Friggin' awesome. Long Live Kubrick!
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Oh Ricky, you so fine...
Jeope!10 November 1999
KA-BOOM!!! Take that, Jean-Claude! KA-POW!!! Out of the way, Jackie Chan! KA-BLAMMO!!!!! Sayonara, Stallone! There's a new King of Fists on the action scene, and truly his name is Ricky.

One of the more inventive and original flicks to blast out of the Orient, 'The Story of Ricky' will leave any action fan(atic) lusting for more...but only after a short breather. A-rooooo-ga! What a scorcher! Never before has one film shown so much RED. Beginning medical practitioners can get an early first-hand peek at what makes the human body function, and the rest of us can simply check our brains at the door and enjoy Ricky chop, crop and splop his way to the top in this evocative prison drama. Yowza! And child, you know a film's good when it boasts its 'famous, head-exploding scene' right on the video cover. I challenge each and every one of you to see 'Ricky', one of the all-time good-bad movies in existence. And when you watch it, don't catch yourself saying "How will they top that?" after each scene...'cause baby, Ricky'll do it. Guaranteed.

KA-BOOOOOM!!!!!
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10/10
one of the few true must-sees for fans of B-movies, Kung-fu and Grindhouse flicks
MisterWhiplash20 May 2006
It's almost inane for me to give a film such as Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky a rating of 10/10, but why carp? This kind of film reminded me, in a sense, of what Mel Brooks once said regarding his films "I rise below vulgarity". Mark my words, folks, you'll rank this as one of the five most (pointlessly) violent films ever made. That it is also one of the funniest kinds of flicks to see with a bunch of friends either laughing out loud or grinning at how over the top it gets adds to the appeal. In a way you have to look at this as being an homage of those anime series like Fist of the North Star (indeed, this is one of many, many films made from Magma comics). Because as its protagonist IS like one of the kinds of characters of that film I mentioned, where there were completely unexplained though somehow permissible scenes of graphic decapitations, holes punched randomly through people's heads and body parts, shredding (i.e. LOTS of gore), you got to let things slide IF interested.

And wouldn't you know it, it's also a political statement as well! Boy have those Capitalists done a lot in the ten years time between the film's release (1991) and when and where the story takes place in the movie (2001, under complete prison rule). It's brutal and sadistic, and only the ultra-powerful and practically immortal Riki-Oh can save the prisoners from the Warden and his torturous, barbaric ways. Basically, you watch a film like this- as with Brooks- to see how far it might just go. It's really go-for-broke as far as the action goes, or maybe (from their point of view) the sky's the limit as far as cheap, amazingly outrageous sequences go. There is also one of the funniest mid-sections of a film you may ever see, if you're a fan of the genre; as Riki-Oh has to face his first real challenge in the prison, saving a man chained to a cross, and almost entangled in his enemy's intestines! In short, this is really nothing more- and it certainly doesn't pretend to be anything more- than a true cult-classic where everything is taken so seriously, and the effects are so unbelievable while still being completely obvious, so that it's sure for a good time. Just know what you're getting into it (they used to play a clip of one of the goons heads getting smashed years ago on the Daily Show).
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10/10
The best Asian movie i've seen next to Seven Samurai and Akira!
Darth-Helmet17 November 2009
In the near future, prisons have became commercialized and became franchises by the government. A young man named Riki-Oh is imprisoned for manslaughter as he discovers that his new home called prison is literally hell with some of the wicked wardens, drug smugglers and a powerful gang want to push him around. He does have superman-esquire superhuman strength that can destroy a human power in seconds with a punch or rip as he must use his powers and martial arts to battle his way to the prison to expose the truth behind the Warden and assistant warden.

This Hong Kong/Japanese Sci-fi action fantasy import is one of the craziest, goriest and most over-the-top movies ever. It's also one of the most hilarious around! this is based on a Japanese Manga as this movie has built a huge cult following over the years including me being one of them as i loved this since i rented it on video in high school in the late 90's. The acting and English dubbing is quite laughable but the martial arts and gore effects here are just outstanding yet stomach churning at the same time even with the use of an instestine to struggle someone's neck or even the infamous exploding head which was shown on "The Daily Show".

Definitely a favorite among Quentin Tarantino and fans of exploitation, gore, action, Sci-fi and manga should check out this excellent and fun blood-feast as it's one of my personal favorites ever.
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5/10
Everybody was Kung Fu splattering… HO!
Coventry6 May 2004
A righteous first impression after seeing this movie would be: `WHAT THE HELL?!?' Lai Wong most likely is different than all the movies you ever saw before. But all in good fun, that is. The Story of Ricki (the more popular a.k.a title) is an outsider in an already eccentric sub-genre of Asian horror. Exaggerated and ultra-gory splatter films based on Manga comics. Ricki-Oh is a 21-year-old Bruce Lee clone who battles against the corruption in futuristic, privatized prisons and acts like some sort of Kung Fu Robin Hood. His fists and feet cause serious damage to his opponents and every fight results in cheerful bloodshed. We're talking skull crushing, limb amputations and worse! There even is a scene in which a guard is strangled by his own intestines. This all may sound very distasteful (and it kinda is), but above all it's funny! Well, morbid-funny that is. I can imagine not everybody laughs hysterically with the idea of a fat, green-dressed retard feasting over the sight of tortured prisoners. But trust me, if you're sense of humor is as black as hell itself… you'll have a great time. The gore and violence in Lai Wong is never provocative or offensive. The grotesque butchering never really becomes nauseating and – compared to other strong Asian stuff like `The Ebola Syndrome' and `Men Behind the Sun' – you never feel dirty for enjoying the sickness.
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3/10
Gut-bustingly funny, literally!
gapdragon_9819 May 2001
Oh..my..god! The bloodiest, stupidest movie I have ever seen and in one word, magnificent. Ricky is sent to prison for manslaughter after killing his girlfriend's drug dealer. Inside he deals with the corruption....extreme style. Ricky spends the entire movie punching through people with extreme prejudice. Nothing can touch Ricky. Well, actually it can, but one camera angle change and he's good as new! A must see if you like plotless gore-fests.
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1/10
This is a hilariously cheesy movie!
julesjambeatles8 November 2017
"The Story of Ricky" is one of those so-bad-it's-good movies. It is enjoyable to watch, with terrible effects, terrible writing, and terrible acting. Watch this if you want to see people punching through each other's stomachs and a person who keeps mints in his glass eye. This should be watched for entertainment purposes only, it's not a work of art whatsoever.
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8/10
Delightfully over the top.
Scott LeBrun16 November 2012
"Lik Wong", a.k.a. "Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky" has to rate as one of the most entertaining adaptations ever made of a comic book. It sure as hell ain't for kids, though: this is unrelentingly gory stuff, with various unlucky characters pummelled, sliced and diced, exploded, and crushed. Handsome Siu-Wong Fan stars as Riki-Oh, a young man sent to prison in the "future", in this case the year 2001. Government functions have been privatized, and this particular prison system is corrupt to the core. Riki-Oh, who's endowed with superhuman strength, punches and kicks his way through the villains on his way to taking on the goofy Assistant Warden (Mei Sheng Fan), who with his artificial eye and hook hand wouldn't be out of place in a James Bond film, and the all-powerful Warden Sugiyama (Ka-Kui Ho). Riki-Ohs' fellow prisoners come to look up to him as he does his damage. The tone in this thing is completely on the tongue-in-cheek side; sometimes the makeup effects are obviously fake, but that only adds to the insane charm. People who watch films for gore will be more than satisfied by what they see here. With the exception of the stoic Siu-Wong Fan and a few others, the performances tend to be broad. Riki-Ohs' enemies are a colourful bunch, and in one inspired touch, one of them, a male character by the name of Huang Chuan, is actually played by a woman, Yukari Oshima. Directed with great flair by Ngai Choi Lam, this has an excellent forward momentum and waits until well into the story to give us Riki-Ohs' full back story, when his girlfriend (the incredibly gorgeous Gloria Yip) fatefully witnessed a drug deal going down. Philip Kwok, who went on to work on such productions as John Woos' "Hard Boiled" and the Bond franchise entry "Tomorrow Never Dies", is the stunt coordinator and does a superb job. All in all, this is irresistible pulp fiction that gets down to business fairly quickly and delivers non-stop gut busting violent entertainment, working its way towards a pull-out-all-the-stops finale set in a kitchen. If you're a lover of martial arts cinema and have a taste for excess, you can be assured that "Lik Wong" delivers the goods. Eight out of 10.
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10/10
Ricky Oh... The greatest warrior since BRUCE LEE
nasteen817 August 2012
So many folks on here liken this film to the gore classic "Dead Alive" that it's kind of off balance. Sure, there's all sorts of blood and guts, but that's where it ends. Dead Alive is Zombies, Ricky Oh... Well, Ricky Oh is a man... Let's just say he's a man for his time.

Obviously everyone reading the reviews knows what the hell this movie is about, so let's not try to over do it here. I'm just going to say a few choice tidbits about this fantastic film so you can just watch it. Because let's get real, if you're reading this, you obviously have some sort of interest. Well, let me just tell you now, WATCH THIS FRICKEN MOVIE. Hell, don't even watch it, go out and buy it, you won't have buyers remorse. Sure, if you like your movie all shiny and pretty like "Titanic" or "Driving Miss Daisy", then you won't like this (besides, what the hell are you doing reading these reviews anyways). BUT, if you love a good cheesy flick, then of course, you're not just going to like this, YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT. Ridiculously over the top, ridiculously violent, ridiculously insane and completely entertaining. Hell, a guy hides breath mints in his fake eye, if that's not enough for you. All this time spent reading reviews could be spent watching this fantastic film and laughing your ass off, so get to it. After you watch it once, grab a few friends and have a good ol' fashioned "Ricky Oh" Party and watch everyone's reaction. Trust me, even the friends you think will hate this one will probably end up loving you for introducing them to such a classic. Cinema just ain't the same without stuff like this.
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10/10
Riki-oh is your new favorite kung fu movie!
FacemeltingFilms1 May 2011
Exploding heads, self-disembowelment and unstoppable punches. What are you looking for in your kung fu movies? If this is it then you've come to the right place! Unlike all those yawn fest karate movies where no one gets hurt and fighting scenes go on and on without a slightest drop of blood, Riki-Oh is a fountain of blood in a desert of boredom. Riki-Oh will take you on a blood soaked ride so violent and so beautiful you'll have a new description for what you want in a movie.

Ricky is a martial artist expert who is going to jail for the murder of a man who was indirectly responsible for his girlfriends suicide. Once in the prison Ricky realizes the warden, an over-weight one eyed pornography addict is illegally growing opium and killing prisoners. Ricky is compelled to defeat the Gang of Four who rule over the four wings of the prison and free the prisoners. We quickly find that Ricky is an expert in Qigong a mystical style of kung-fu that gives him the power to literally punch and kick through people.

The film itself is surprisingly beautiful. The shots all feel very symmetrical and well thought out, the colors work very well to create an almost comic book atmosphere and the scenes are dramatic and fast moving. What really makes Riki-Oh special is his Qigong kung fu style. He has the power to rip peoples faces off and punch through their stomachs. The gore is done in such an exaggerated fashion that instead of the film being gut wrenchingly disgusting it feels much more like a cartoon. And for good reason too! Riki-Oh is based on a successful Magna and two animated films. The adaptation is nearly perfect! The film is something that should be seen to be believed.

This is director Lam Nai-choi's most famous film. Lam also directed the incredible Seventh Curse and is a favorite. His ability to mix comedy, gore and sci-fi is something extremely unique and feels fresh even today. His framing is thoroughly thought out in Riki-Oh and it shows the whole way through. The film is tight and fast moving. Other kung fu films and action in general should take notice! This film is a cult favorite for a reason.
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10/10
Gore fu !
Viva_Chiba28 September 2010
This is another Category III (CAT III) movie, CAT III is a certificate given by the Hong Kong film censors to film that contains Excessive sexual content or extreme violence.

This was the first CAT III that i saw, many people claims that this is the first CAT III movie that received this certificate only for the extreme violence (there is no minimal sexual content or nudity), but Men Behind the sun (the first CAT III movie) was rated CAT III for it's extreme brutality, yes, Men behind the sun contained a brief scene of nudity, but i don't think that the Hong Kong film censors scared them self for a brief view of a female breast.

Anyway, Riki-oh is based on a manga, i still haven't read it anyway.

The plot involves a boy called Riki that ends up in prison for "agression and manslaughter" (we will see many flashback of Riki's past). We discover that Riki have some Superhuman strength and he looks like that he wants do "justice" in the prison....but for this, he must confronts the gang of four that rules every wing of the prison !

Gore is NOT present in EVERY minute, but when the gore delivers, it's well made. Most of these gore scenes involve fights.

This is probably the goriest martial arts movie ever made, even if there are not "smooth" and "fancy" martial arts moves, it's still a must see !
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10/10
If you could only imagine...
willson_x4 April 2010
... Imagine a far off land (asia) and delve into the future (the year 2001 mega laughs). This film kicks off as bad ass as they get... and it only gets more bad ass. Ricky-oh is the most bad ass character to fight evil in the history of cinema, he leaves bullets that were fired into his chest inside him as souvenirs, so you don't get more bad ass than that. Don't you dare blink while watching this film, or you might miss out on some of the most bad ass fight sequences of all time, they are truly exquisite.

Are you also a fan of pure awe-striking cinema, then WATCH THIS FILM ...Get your kids watching this film, your grandma, your grandpa, anyone ALIVE, this film is THE most funny, bad ass film in the world. Possibly the greatest movie of all time. Better than the brick-sh|ting Godfather, man!!!better than Schindler's List!!!!!! this film is THE SH|T!!!!!!!!
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