Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
Hard man Ricky is incarcerated in a futuristic prison where ultra-violence is his only means of survival in the corrupt, sadistic system. He must battle his way quite literally 'through' the feared 'gang of four', and undergo multiple tortures before facing the governor in one of the goriest climaxes ever seen.
I'm speechless. Go watch this movie now, words don't do it justice.
I'm so confused about what the fuck I've just seen.
An awful, awful film that is also fantastically frakkin' awesome.
I'm just astounded.
Is this a real 5 star movie? Of course not. Is it a so-bad-it's-good movie? Not exactly either. Riki-Oh is in its own batshit world. I first saw this as part of an Edgar Wright-curated mini-festival of films that influenced how he made Scott Pilgrim, and well, it shows a bit. Ricky punches through everything you can imagine - literally, heals from every imaginable scar and deformity off screen within minutes..
There is so much gross splattergore, goofiness, and bad scripting/dubbing that you'd have to be insane to not find some joy here. It is NOT a martial arts film. Yes theres some punching and kicking, but this is not about skills or choreography. Just plain old mayhem. You have to see it at least once, preferable in a crowd or party atmosphere.
Things I learned from watching this movie:
- If you punch someone in the back of the head, their eye will fly out and be instantly devoured by hungry crows
- Severed tendons can be fixed with teeth and fingers
- If you're bleeding from ground glass in your eyes, just wash it out with water. You'll be fine.
- Cutting open your guts and strangling your enemy is a viable option.
All this learned from just one of the fight scenes in this genius movie. If you love your kung fu with lots of blood and a shit-ton of crazy, then look no further.
Watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=33QnRJmlpPM
Skip to 00.34.00 if you just want the good stuff.
This would make a great double feature with Female Convict Scorpion. In the far off year of 2001, the righteous Ricky is incarcerated in a prison (as unreal and bleak as that in the Female Convict Scorpion movies) run by corrupt officials in cahoots with gangsters. I don't know how they ever arrested Ricky, since he basically has the powers of Superman and often disposes of his adversaries by punching through them. (The gore in this movie is both extreme and absurd.) This also has the greatest movie score ever done on a ten dollar keyboard. Between this and Erotic Ghost Story, Lam Ngai Kai seems to be the great neglected master, the Edgar Ulmer, of Category III. (Also, in a million years, I would never have thought that I would see this on TCM.)
Genre cheese at its finest...and GORE. So fun. If you can pick this up please do. Cut your guts out and choke someone!
Over the top kung fu splatterfest. Ridiculously fun. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will.
It is worth the film reel's weight in gold to see at a theater on 35mm. This is a gleeful, gory, and rollicking romp through what's alternately the worst and most poorly run prison in human history, following the titular character as he battless his past demons by going full Fist of the North Star (and then some) on his unjust and ghoulish captors. A minor classic that's earned its reputation.
Absolutely insane film from Hong Kong here filled to the brim with outlandish, cartoonish violence. It is absolutely hilarious.
Ricky is in prison and he is victimised by the evil warden, assistant warden and the screws. Eventually he gets them all back by smashing them up in quite funny ways.
This movie is outrageous in every single way. An outrageously bad script, outrageously bad acting, mixed with outrageously gory and unrealistic violence, makes this a masterpiece of weird cinema.
Ricky is the single most bad-ass human in the history of anything. He is in prison for manslaughter, and survives the attacks of other inmates named Wild Cat and Silly Lung, and some guy that must kill whenever he shows his tattoos. The assistant warden, who has a fake eye where he keeps his breath mints, also hates Ricky.
But Ricky knows a secret form of Kung Fu that makes him invincible. He survives every manner of torture and attack thrown at him.
Many characters inflict brutal bloody violence on someone…
This movie is insane.
Well that was... good.
Just genius. Goes way over the top. It's never even seen the top. Some of the most ridiculously hilarious fighting and death scenes ever. An absolute classic.
Enjoyable nonsense. A dog gets kicked in half for crying out loud