Friday, October 29, 2010

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

This is not a cartoon.

But only because there are real actors in it.

The film is so far over-the-top, so insanely unbelievable, so über-stereo-typical, so gory, so packed with clichés, so full of silly dialogue, in short so cartoonish that it's hard to believe the films was made with live actors.

The Shawshank Redemption has famously reigned at the very top of IMDB for a very long time, as the best film in history. Riki-Oh is also a jail-drama and if I had to watch one of them again today, it would be an easy pick.

The film is loaded with hilarious ultra-violence that is so absurd, you'll laugh till it hurts. All the fight scenes will make you yell "Wow!" as one body part after the other explodes in a mushy strawberry jam, and the "serious" scenes feature characters that look like they escaped from the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean. And then, suddenly there is a monster or two in there as well.

Ricky is the superhero Troma wish they created.

The film is originally in Cantonese, but was also dubbed into English at some point. Although I always prefer to watch any film in the original language it was made, the dubbing of Riki-Oh is so silly, it just adds another level of absurdity to the whole thing.


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