Thursday, June 3, 2010

bad/awesome flixxx review: Riki-Oh- The Story of Ricky (1991)

a favorite of mine for years... one of the first, and one of THE goriest japanese flicks of all time. Based on a comic book of the same name, a bunch of dudes you've never heard of in- THE STORY OF RICKY aka RIKI-OH. Below is a pretty good homemade English trailer, as there was never an original English one made, and the one that they made later on for the dvd release makes it look too serious and stupid. So this is what you get... (way down at the bottom is the og Japanese trailer too.)

Wow wow wow. I can't tell you how many times I wondered what the hell the movie the clip was from that came on the Daily Show way back when Craig Kilborn was the host during his "5 Questions" segment. It depicted this giant dude smashing this little dudes head into a million pieces. All of my friends used to wonder what it was from and this was way before the days of the internet explosion. Luckily there was a cool older dude down at the local video store who was up to snuff on his gory martial arts imports. As we settled down in my buddy's basement to watch this "Story of Ricky", none of us knew what we were in for. This was like 1992. (i know some of you are like, hey man, they had the internet way before 92, yeah, well, not in the town i lived in smartass. you can't even get wifi there NOW... hence the trips to the coffeeshop, but i digress). What unfolded was the most low budget- yet most awesome- punch dudes thru the face- exactly what every dude wants out of a movie-movie that was ever made (besides maybe roadhouse). I still get excited thinking about an invincible dude who is imprisoned for revenge for the death of his love, fighting for the rights of all of the prisoners, and just decimating this fucking place.

the first version I saw was with subtitles, the original. Since then, a dubbed version has been released that is pretty great as well, because its makes a few things funnier in ways they weren't before.
Again, this is one i highly recommend finding, so I don't wanna ruin it for ya, but here's a general plot run down: In the year 2001 (its like saying 2025 now) all of the prisons and government institutions are privatized and franchised. Ricky has been imprisoned for manslaughter. The dudes running the prison are dicks. The warden is off in Hawaii, and the asst warden is in charge til he gets back. The four blocks of the prison are ran by these badass dudes called the "gang of four". They basically beat the shit out of the other prisoners and treat them terribly. But, these badass dudes are nothing compared to the awesome power of Ricky. This dude punches down walls, punches thru dudes bellies, ties his own goddamned tendons together after being having them severed. There's heads chopped in half, people getting skinned alive, people exploding, heroin trafficking, dudes getting their faces sawn off, and that ain't even the tip of the iceburg. If you've never seen this, get yerself a copy at all costs. It can be easily ordered online. Below you'll find the original trailer in Japanese.

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