For fans of Hong Kong martial arts movies, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky is like a little hug from Jesus. Oozing with over-the-top action and violence, the 1991 movie is a cult sensation and is coming to Japan Flix!
But why is available on Japan Flix? I thought Japan Flix was all about Japanese movies! Blah, blah, blah…
If you didn’t know, Riki-Oh was originally a Japanese manga by Masahiko Takajo and Tetsuya Saruwatari, appearing from 1983 to 1990 in Business Jump. The movie follows the manga closely with only a few minor changes. Riki-Oh Saiga (Fan Siu-wong), a martial artist and former music student, is sentenced to 10 years in prison for manslaughter after killing a crime lord who was indirectly responsible for the death of his girlfriend Anne (Gloria Yip). A practitioner of the mystical kung-fu style known as Qigong, Ricky is invincible, has superhuman strength, and can virtually withstand all pain. He uses his martial arts skills to clean up the system after being incarcerated in a prison run by corrupt officials.
If you can’t quite fathom the greatness that is Riki-Oh and you’re on the fence, here are some reviews from Rotten Tomatoes (Where it is 89% Fresh) to whet your appetite.
“A rather astonishing, starkly stylized blood flood set inside a privatized prison.” -Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
“You should have been running to the video store before you got to this sentence.” -Kurt Ramschissel, Film Threat
“If you can handle the torrent of grisly violence, you’ll find yourself royally entertained by this Hong Kong actioner.” -J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
If that isn’t enough to get you excited to see this movie (or see it again), you should have your eyes gouged out because you’re just wasting them. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky will be available to stream December 1st for only $3.99.