Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Original Trailer; Fan Siu Wong Interview; Riki With a Shotgun
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Of all the thousands of exploitation films which have come out of Japan and Hong Kong over the years, only a few have managed to find worldwide cult audiences. This startling co-production is one of them, an outrageously wild and gory prison film that is unlike any in recent memory. The most interesting thing about the film (other than its unbelievable silliness) is its view of the human body. People burst like ripe melons full of blood and guts at the slightest punch or kick, except for Ricky, who is subjected to a phenomenal level of abuse with no apparent ill effects. At one point, Ricky is beaten across the cheeks while holding a mouthful of razorblades, only to spit them back into the warden's face. Everyone else, however, seems to be made of onion skin, barely more than human balloons full of viscera. This might suggest some sort of existentialist statement, if it didn't appear in a film featuring a giant monster made into hamburger in a revolving fan, a man shot in the buttocks before exploding in an oven, and a dog being kicked in half. As it is, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky offers the sort of insight into the human condition best appreciated in an altered state of consciousness. But it is a lot of fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2012
  • UPC: 631595112085
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Tokyo Shock
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,151

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip Kwok
Fan Siu-Wong Riki-Oh
Fan Mui Sang
Ho Ka Kai
Yukari Oshima
Tsang Kan Wing
Chan Kwok Bong
Tetsuro Tanba
Gloria Yip Wan-yee
Technical Credits
Nam Nai Choi Director, Screenwriter
Philip Chan Score Composer
Peter Cheung Editor
Joseph Chiang Editor
Mak Hoi Man Cinematographer
Ha Chak Shun Producer
Chow Chun Tung Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
1. Scene 1 [8:38]
2. Scene 2 [8:14]
3. Scene 3 [12:10]
4. Scene 4 [11:13]
5. Scene 5 [4:58]
6. Scene 6 [5:09]
7. Scene 7 [8:34]
8. Scene 8 [8:38]
9. Scene 9 [6:43]
10. Scene 10 [6:14]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
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      English 2.0 - Please Note This Is The Greatest Recording In The History Of The English Language
      English 5.1 - And This Is a 5.1 Mix of the Greatest Recording In the History of the English Language
      Cantonese 2.0
      Cantonese 5.1
      Mandarin 2.0
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   Extras
      Original Trailer
      Fan Su Wong Interview
      Riki With A Shotgun
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Gory, Bloody, Graphic and ... funny?

    This is one of the most graphically bloody films ever. Heads get crushed, intestines spill out and are used as weapons, heads get shot right thru and the death toll rises. But, somehow, the toungue-in-cheek seriousness of the whole endeavor makes it ... funny, cute, and sure it's shocking but in no way haunting. It's FUN gore, not the scar you for life kind. It's a fun bloody guts-filled romp. A fun party watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Do not hesitate. Add to Cart

    Riki Oh is the best movie in the horror-comedy-splatter genre. It is my personal favorite, and it is the ultimate b-movie. Buy it right now even though barnes and noble is overpriced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A gore-filled epic

    If you like gory movies Riki-oh is the one worth seeing. It's about a young man named Ricky who is sent to prison for killing the thugs who murdured his girlfriend.In prison Ricky defends the weak against The Gang of Four who control the inmates through terror and death.A great film from start to finish!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    blood is thicker than plot!

    The plot of Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky is not meant to be funny. It is about the wrongdoings of a privately owned prison ruled by a group of violent, opium-growing thugs. But this movie, with its use of dubbing and dialogue, and of course the fake gore, transforms the movie into a comedic masterpiece. It didn't surprise me that former ''Daily Show'' host Craig Kilborn used a clip from the movie as one of his moments of zen (you know, the clip where this guy chops off a head with his bare hands). Any effort to take this movie as a serious film about prison life should not be taken. There are too many attempts to make jokes throughout the movie for it to be close to serious. People who are sickened by the sight of blood will continously vomit while watching the movie. It is one of the goriest movies ever made anywhere and anytime, yet because the tone of the movie isn't too serious, most people end up laughing at the all the blood spilled. There has never been another movie quite like Riki-Oh.

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