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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
Directed by Lam Nai-choi • 1991 • Hong Kong
Starring Fan Siu-Wong, Gloria Yip, Yukari Oshima
The ultimate Hong Kong black-comic gorefest, this live-action adaptation of the cult manga is a blood feast of entrail-wreathed splatter and literally eye-popping ultraviolence. After he’s sentenced to a corrupt private prison for taking revenge on the shadowy gangsters who killed his girlfriend, the seemingly indestructible Ricky Ho (Fan Siu-wong) must fight his way out past a litany of enemies and unsavory figures using his superhuman ability to punch through any object (including the human body). Channeling the kinetic, hyperstylized spirit of the manga source material, writer-director Lam Nai-choi delivers a blast of pure cinema so outrageously over the top it’s nearly avant-garde.