Posted on 9/25/12 10:53 PM
I've been wanting to see Riki-Oh for a long time; ever since I had seen a brief video clip where Riki was punching through a man's jaw. People kept telling me how violent and fun it was and it quickly became my most-expected movie. And when I finally saw it, I wasn't disappointed.
Sure, one could brag about its almost Quichotesque formula where the hero constantly finds himself beaten to a pulp and imprisoned so he can defeat the next bad guy on his list, which also happens to be stronger than the one before. You could also make fun of the acting, the cheap special effects and the fromagilicious moments of pure cheese displayed in flashbacks (or not). But really, they're all part of Riki-Oh's very own charm (although it is a charm it shares with films such as Peter Jackson's Braindead/Dead Alive).
You might as well face it, no one wants to watch a movie with profound visual metaphors followed by a man getting half his head punched off. If you're going for the cheese, you might as well go all the way.