Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (2002)
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In the year 2001, many government institutions have become privatized commercial ventures, like the men's prison where young Riki-Oh (Sui-Wong Fan) is sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter and assault. The ruthless gangsters who control the prison break an old man's face open in the prison lavatory as the film begins. The nearly superhuman Ricky trips one of the guards so his face is impaled on a spiked board in retaliation, and vows to avenge the old man when he hangs himself in despair. When the guards send the huge, Sumo-like Zorro after him in the prison shower, Ricky bloodily disembowels the man with his bare hands and apparently breaks another man in half with a single punch. Ricky is taken to the assistant warden, who has a metal hook-hand and a glass eye (he keeps mints in the socket). He impales Ricky's hand with his hook and beats him, but is quickly reduced to quaking fear by Ricky's incredible abilities. In an outrageous fight scene, a gangster named Oscar cuts Ricky's arm open with a knife and throws ground glass in his eyes, but Ricky ties his own veins together and knocks Oscar's eyeball out with a sharp cuff to the back of the head. Oscar then commits hara-kiri and tries to strangle Ricky with his own intestines before dying. There's a head broken like a vase, a saw-toothed machete to the face, people skinned alive, and the main plot -- Ricky fighting the evil opium-growing crooks running the prison -- gets somewhat lost in the flood of gore and guts, but it doesn't matter a bit. … More
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Critic Reviews for Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
If you can handle the torrent of grisly violence, you'll find yourself royally entertained by this Hong Kong actioner.
A wild martial arts feature that combines a prison movie setting with the sort of gore effects one normally finds in a horror film.
A rather astonishing, starkly stylized blood flood set inside a privatized prison.
Gore galore but not much more.
You should have been running to the video store before you got to this sentence.
Apart from Ichi the Killer, it is the only live-action film ever to capture the anarchic, excessive, highly stylised violence of manga.
Nam ... delivers an amusing and exceedingly cinematic comic-book phantasmagoria.
Audience Reviews for Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
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. 1/5More
Absurdly over the top violence plus hilariously ridiculous dramatization and the result is quite a fun movieMore
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.More
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