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Ricky-oh: The Story Of Ricky Reviews

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Eugene B

Super Reviewer

November 8, 2013
It may be a grateful attempt at being a visually advanced film at its time (which could be humorous and entertaining once you really get to think about it) the film does no good and ends up looking like a parody, or rather a slapstick of a martial arts film. Ricky-oh: the Story of Ricky is just as predictable and effortless as the effects and misdirections portrayed in the film. 1/5
Kevin C

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2012
utter madness.
arashxak
arashxak

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2012
Absurdly over the top violence plus hilariously ridiculous dramatization and the result is quite a fun movie
Michael G

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2012
The Story of Ricky is so ridiculous that to begin criticizing or trying to explain it would almost be missing the point. An entirely entertaining martial arts movie, this movie is so ridiculously graphic and over the top. The dubbing is hysterical to the point where an admittedly very androgynous woman (the one that looked like the guy from Human League) is given a man's voice. And once the Chinese Hulk shows up the brilliance and utter stupidity smash through the ceiling. So much entertaining nonsense you won't be able to stand it.
DragonEyeMorrison
DragonEyeMorrison

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2012
Justifies the invention of cinema in every possible way. It made me feel proud of forming part of the human race.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2012
Really violent and often gory tale of a hero Riki in a futuristic prison.
Cinema-Maniac
Cinema-Maniac

Super Reviewer

February 8, 2014
Riki-Oh is a Japanese manga that obtain minor success being adapted into two OVA (Original Video Animation) and a live action film, though trying to find any information on the manga series itself is rather difficult. This is a strange case in cinema where a live action adaptation of a manga surpasses it source in material in popularity and overall success. Reason for this being "Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky" is an material art film unlike any other; campy, driven with plot holes, poorly dubbed, bloody, gory, over the top nature gives the film its own identity that stands out like no other in its genre.

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricki follows a young man with superhuman strength who's incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system. Most difficult part of adapting a 12 act manga onto a film is making its story logical. Undergoing major changes (Riki, the protagonist, motivation is slightly altered with a newly created character) from it source material the film has a disjointed and surreal feel. Things don't come across as clearly as they should through silly explanations, though it does fit the tone of the film. Everything said and done in the story is nonsensical not once taking itself seriously. In a film where the protagonist can literally punch a hole through a criminal stomach (of course it occurs in the showers) a serious tone wouldn't fit the nature of the characters action. It's protagonist just like all the characters are simple minded playing a singular define role. Riki is clearly the hero, the warden clearly the villain, the "Gang of Four" are clearly the henchman, and the prisoners (often used to move the plot) are the onlooker of the events. These characters remain simplistic in order to mix a prison film with an anime story. Our protagonist stands up against the man, the hero faces the warden's equally powerful henchman, the prison dealing in drugs, the torture to break down the hero spirit, and so forth combine elements of two different narratives working wondrously with one another. If anything could be taken as a negative in the writing would be Riki was made too powerful making scenes where Riki could easily overcome an obstacles all the less believable. While the film as a whole lacks any sense of logic at least aspects however goofy were explained as oppose to Riki weakness which is simply passed off in a single sentence.

The English dub of the film is awful in good way adding to the film cheesy nature. It bodes well with the acting as expressions are over the top and there's nothing subtle about the actors performances down to their appearances. Uttering deadpan dialogue blending with the amount excess on screen. Su-Wong Fan performance while average looks like person who punch a hole through someone stomach and a welcoming presence that carries the film with ease. Mei Sheng Fan regardless if viewing the dub or not is wonderfully cartoonish. His over the top expressions and lack of any sense of subtle line delivery perfectly fits into the whole nonsensical world. As for other actors they're simply here to either play a good guy or bad buy; either acting tough or acting weak. Choreography is performed very slowly and the fights themselves are very basic. Fight scenes won't impress with their complex choreography, but they are cleverly designed to contain moments only this film can offer. Lets face it how many other martial art films can you name where a fighter literally uses his own intestines in a attempt to strangle his opponent to death. Perfectly framed like its source material every gory moment is a memorable one that shows the best mixture of low budget particle effects. Every gore filled moment has an excessive amount of blood and body pieces flying or hanging from what's left from the person body. All the blood effects soaked effects admirably provides a sense a fun and intrigue. Especially in the film climax where Riki faces off against a paper mache monster ending in what's to date the bloodiest climax in the martial art genre.

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky is campy, over the top, nonsensical fun that goes for sheer entertainment value. Its framed violence replicates the manga it's adapting, the practical gory effects are impressive and every one of them offers something memorable, and is the best mixture of what viewers enjoy from bad movies without actually being a bad movie.
Jossepi
Jossepi

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2012
Bad plot plus bad dialogue plus bad acting plus bad fighting plus bad effects equal the greatest absurdly gory violent film ever made.
Christopher B

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2012
One of the most brutal and devastating depictions of life behind bars and the prison system. It's no wonder criminals are not rehabilitated if this is what goes on behind prison walls. Save us RICKY!!!!
Wu C

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2012
Weird characters and over the top violence. Gore fans should love it.
stikcler
September 25, 2012
It's an anime come to life! Lik Wong (Riki-Oh - The Story of Ricky) is SO
over the top and unbelievably preposterous there is no way to describe it."...short on style but makes up for it in sheer audacity and excess" is an UNDERSTATEMENT. .
September 25, 2012
What can I say about The Story of Ricky? Well... I found out about this movie because of the old daily show(before John Stewart) and a segment named "moment of zen" which, the intro to the segment was the infamous head crushing scene. I remember my friend and I trying for ever to find out where the scene came from, and one day we were at a little indy video store and we saw the vhs box to The Story of Ricky and at the bottom corner of the box, had a quote reading... "Featured on Comedy Central's The Daily Show" and the rest was history.
September 25, 2012
one of the most excessively violent, ridiculously gory, and super fun asian films i have ever seen. so awesome.
kylemoon
September 25, 2012
so incredibly funny. the epitome of a b-action flick. every action scene in this film is gold, everything in between is pretty dumb though
September 25, 2012
Ridiculous. Grab a bucket of popcorn and a bucket to vomit into. You'll also want a few friends over and possibly a spare reserve of hallucinogens.
September 25, 2012
This is the movie that made me desensitized to violence. After eye ball popping, gut ripping, skull crushing, cal trap falling, brain slashing, arm cutting, meat grinding, hand exploding, throat tearing, eye ball mint container...ing action, but it's so cheesy and a hell of a lot of fun.
lurple
September 25, 2012
Utterly ludicrous violence combined with an oddly melodramatic storyline. The Story of Ricky is so completely over the top that it will have the right crowd doubled over with laughter. Truly a cult classic.
September 25, 2012
The wildest blood-shredding martial art gorefest I will probably ever see. Over the top and just right down fun! Riki-oh will not leave you bored through its simplistic storyline. Hell no, because you won't be able to guess what fantastical scene is next!
piccoload
September 25, 2012
Riki-Oh is a not-so-cheap martial arts thrill, being the first film in China to get an X-rating without nudity, and the thing "Daily Show" with Craig Kilborn took a clip from to introduce each Five Questions segment. (smash a fake head)
"You care not for power or money or even sex.... The only thing that satisfies your cravings... is WAR!" - Sean Connery (klingon proverb)
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