In 2001, prisons have become privatized (the movie was ahead of its time). Ricky Oh has been sentenced to 10 years for killing a crime boss. This is all you really need to know about the story, because the story is no reason to watch Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky.
Riki-Oh is unrealistically violent and entirely awesome. Ricky is an incredibly strong and absurdly skilled martial artist who gets into frequent prison fights. He’s basically indestructible. Cuts his tendons? It’s fine, he’ll just tie them back together. Loom over him? No problem, he’ll just punch your jaw off of your head. Big, fat, and dangerous? He’ll just punch a hole through your body. Nothing can stop Ricky. This movie has people using their own intestines as weapons, transforming into monsters, a guy who keeps mints in his glass eye, boss fights, and opponents tossed into meat grinders… and that’s literally not even the half of it. Coupled with silly dubbing, this movie is a huge win.
That’s it. If you’re willing to watch a martial arts movie and you like gore, watch Riki-Oh. It’s what the Fist of the North Star movie should have been.
Get it on Amazon.