Sunday, 12 March 2017

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)


Director: Lam Nai-choi
Screenplay: Lam Nai-choi
Cast: Fan Siu-Wong (as Ricky Ho); Fan Mei-Sheng (as Assistant Warden Dan/Cyclops); Ho Ka-Kui (as The Warden); Yukari Oshima (as Rogan); Tamba Tetsuro (as Master Zhang); Gloria Yip (as Anne); Kwok Chun-Fung (as Lin Hung/Andrew); Frankie Chin (as Oscar); Koichi Sugisaki (as Tarzan); Wong Kwai-Hung (as Brandon)
A 1000 Anime Crossover

Abstract Spectrum: Psychotronic/Grotesque
Abstract Rating (High/Medium/Low/None): None

Riki-Oh, a notorious tale of a man sent to prison who's martial arts ability not only allows him to recover from life ending wounds easily but knock a person's jaw off with one blow...and yet if I was devoting a blog entirely to comic books, it would be the original manga by Tetsuya Saruwatari that would get on the Abstract List at with a "High" rating. Instead I'm talking about the film adaptation which has had a legacy since its release in the early nineties, one that only adapts the first few chapters of the manga. They're pretty strange in themselves, but it's more of a splatter martial arts movie than actually weird, a living cartoon which is not as exaggerated and strange as the original source material gets, as its only the prologue effectively which was adapted onto screen, and so is more known in reputation for its full blown gore.

For the full review of this film, follow this link to my 1000 Anime blog HERE.

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