Based upon the infamous manga by Masahiko Takajo and Saruwatari Testuya the movie plays in 2001 where a thoughtful, charismatic young man is sentenced to 10 years in jail for manslaughter. Through his journey in this most brutal, ferocious penal institution Riki will wreak havoc upon its leaders. Heads. Will. Explode.
The movie can be described with 3 little letters: WTF? To be honest most people will see this movie for what it probably is: a big ol’ pile of trash. I am not most people. I was actually quite entertained by the absurdity of it all. The unrealistic and over-the-top violence is rather unique and is probably the main selling point of this movie. Oh that and the incredibly silly and goofy dialogues. I shit you not. It is golden. This movie is a glorious disaster.
The acting is bad and the story is… muahaha who am I trying to fool, there is no fucking story. But who cares? You don’t watch a movie like Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky for the goddamn story, you watch it for the guts, the blood, the gore. And that my friends the movie has tons of. The avalanche of violence this movie has to offer is beyond words. It starts out slow, to a degree that even I was asking myself what all the fuzz was about, but only to end with a deluge of carnage hardly achieved in any action movie ever.
The director of this little gem of a movie Ngai Choi Lam fully embraces the feel of the source material and graces us with highly colorful, grotesque characters that never for one second come over as realistic or believable individuals. Pe-lease!!
The main character Riki played by Siu-Wong Fan is not only a brutal killer oh no, he’s also a very talented musician. The guy plays the flut like a wood elve. Charming. Actually Riki is so talented he manages to play the flut while buried alive. Yep. There is a scene like that in the movie. If that doesn’t make you want to watch this movie then I don’t know what will. This shit is exquisite!
To be able to enjoy this movie at its fullest you have to got this ability that sadly a lot of people seem to have lost when it comes to movies: turn off your fucking brain. Quality is relative and as long as you remember that not all movies have the purpose to spark your intellect, to turn things over in your head, to provoke a thoughtful reaction, you should be good. It’s a good thing movies like that exist. But fuccckkkk, thank god for movies like Riki-Oh where we can just sit back, pop up a bottle of beer and be entertained by gratuitous, offending cartoonish violence like this. Life is good.
Ahhh fuck this review, this movie kicks all sorts of ass!!