Story of Ricky (1991)

November 17, 2003 • Film, Reviews

Literally: Strength King
Director: Nam Lai-Choi
Writer: Nam Lai-Choi

Cast: Fan Siu-Wong, Yukari Oshima, Gloria Yip Wan-Yi, Frankie Chin, Philip Kwok Chun-Fung (Kuo Chui), Ho Ka-Kui, Fan Mui-Sang, Jean Pol

Running Time: 91 min.

Plot: Adapted from the popular Japanese “manga” novel Riki-Oh, The Story Of Ricky is set in the near future, when prisons are owned by major corporations and run like business. After seeing his fellow friends being harassed and killed by the sadistic guards, a new inmate (Fan-Su-Wong) seeks revenge and wreaks an unparalleled havoc against all that stand in his way. Available for the first time in the U.S. on DVD, totally uncut and in both subtitled and English Dubbed versions, Riki O ? The Story Of Ricky is an ultra-violent, absurdly entertaining gore-fest that more than fulfils its renowned reputation as a legendary cult classic. Features the now-famous “body explosion” scene used in Comedy Centrals The Daily Show and CBS The Late Show With Craig Kilborn!

It sounds like it should be a children’s song, doesn’t it? But this Hong Kong adaptation of a Fist of the Northstar-inspired Japanese Manga is a badly-put-together gore-fest, and definitely not for kids. People punch through other people’s stomach, rip other people’s faces off, and blow other people up. If the mountain of gore isn’t enough for you, it’s all carried off in the tacky style of a Troma movie.

If anyone still cares, the plot centers around a guy named Rikki who is thrown into a wicked, privatized prison-system. Rikki makes good by becoming a hero to the oppressed inmates. He does this by punching his fist straight through every gang leader in the prison. Eventually, he does the same thing to the cruel warden.

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