Friday, March 8, 2013

Movie Review - Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

Based off the Japanese manga Riki-Oh, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky is all types of absurd, overly serious, and unintentional hilarious.  Riki-Oh Saiga (Siu- Wong Fan) is a young man of superhuman strength and fists as hard as steel.  Recently incarcerated in a corporately owned prison in the future (in the year 2001), Riki is caught in a war between the guards and his newly made cell mates.

 This film was the first in Hong Kong to receive a certified category III rating for violence (equivalent to an NC-17 rating), and at the time it was considered extremely graphic and shocking.  Presently, the over the top gore and ultra violence play out effectively as unintentional comedy.  What sets this so-bad-it's-good movie from just a bad movie is that Riki-Oh provides many creative varieties to which the violence is delivered.  From the rubber dummy gore doubles to a resourceful attack using entrails, this cult film has something for everyone!

You can currently stream Riki-Oh: The Story of Riki on Youtube or Netflix.

Runtime: 91min.
Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for some drug content


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