This is one of those films where the plot never gets in the way of the story. Our hero, Ricky, is unjustly incarcerated, ultra-strong and almost always shirtless. He encounters an absolutely unforgettable assistant warden (whose office is lined with pornography and who keeps breath mints inside his glass eye!), four super-powered crime bosses and, ultimately, the warden of the privatized jail for the ultimate showdown. The stupidity of the plot is matched only by that of the characters and the increasingly bizarre nature of their conflicts. One of the many highlights of the film occurs when Ricky, badly injured in a fight, reties his own exposed tendons with his teeth in order to continue fighting.
Each shot in the film is so action-packed you almost forget to blink or breathe in for fear of missing something. Every moment is filled to the brim with outlandish looks, inscrutable dialogue and some of the most inventive violence ever seen on screen. The hilariously bad dubbing only accentuates the cartoonish nature of the over-the-top visuals and performances. "Riki-Oh" is a film that, once seen, will never be forgotten; any movie that depicts a dying opponent reaching into his own ripped-open stomach in an attempt to strangle his foe with his intestines is apt to leave an indelible imprint.
Starring Oshima Yukari and Siu-Wang Fan
Directed by Lan Nai-Kai
Produced by Chow Jan Tung
No distributor set
Action. Japanese-language; dubbed
Not yet rated
Running time: 90 min