Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

Seen: On VHS on my tv, rented from Hollywood Express in Cambridge.

Ok Sasha, I've finally seen Riki-Oh! And it was everything I dreamed it could be and more! Based on the manga of the same name, this insane Hong Kong action flick delivers all the head-explodys and poorly-structured dubbed dialogue you need for a high-on-life kind of evening (seriously, watching this movie kind of made me feel drunk?). Ambiguously super-powered Riki-Oh Saiga (Siu-Wong Fan) goes to jail for murdering a dude, but finds the futuristic privatized complex is totally corrupt or whatever. All the guards are killing people and Riki's gonna take everybody down to free the prisoners. Is that the story?

This movie is crazy times. The gore is plentiful- from shattered brains to ripped off faces to intestine choke-holds- but the effects are so low-grade they each read laughable OH SHIT moments. The plot doesn't really hold together, or at least not in any way that I could follow, but the weirdness of the characters and inventive action held me in their grip. I loved the bad guy "Gang of Four" group, who each had weird talents and shiny outfits. It's basically a live-action video game, with Riki moving up levels to more and more ridiculous fight scenes. The dubbed dialogue is clumsy and presumably poorly translated, but naturally that only adds to the fun!

I'm in a weird frenzied mood right now (well, the past week and a half really) so I can't think of much more to say. Riki-Oh is awesome (and surprisingly coming to Blu-ray soon). The end.

As a movie: Oh fuck who can know? I can't grade this movie on any normal scale. 2/5?
As entertainment: 4.5/5

Pair This Movie With: Easy choice here, it's obviously Fist of the North Star. This is like the perfect double feature.


  1. Now, THIS is a movie! Violence, decapitations, body parts all over... BOOYAH!

    Crazy times are good times. Great review, Alex!

    - TGWD

  2. The best thing about this movie is all the background dialogue between the extras. So much random hilarious and needless exposition. This is in the dubbed version, of course. I don't know what the non-dubbed version is like.

  3. I wanna see this terribly. I just sat through "Ip Man 2" and I'm definitely in a Kung-Fu/action mood...