Ngai Kai Lam, the director of the first and best "Erotic Ghost Story", captained this magnificent gore- and fight-fest set in an unconventional Hong Kong prison. It is so gleefully over-the-top that it exists in its own ludicrous stratosphere and is one of the most memorable Hong Kong exploitation films ever made.
Siu-Wong Fan is terrific as Riki-oh, a meditative lad who is imprisoned for defending his girlfriend's honor. Possessing almost supernatural strength and fighting prowess, he is forced to fight The Gang of Four, a bunch of crazy, imprisoned superhero types who appear to control the prison's inmates with the approval of the corrupt, one-eyed assistant aarden (Mui Sang Fan), keeper of a massive porno mag collection and owner of a screw-on hook he uses to cart human trash away. The blood-soaked scenes of violence are hilarious and grotesque. Guts are ripped from a man's stomach and used to strangle him. Birds peck out an eyeball. Heads are squashed until they explode. Ricki even knocks down a prison wall with one nasty punch.
Originally a Japanese manga (and there's an animated version, too), "The Story of Ricky" has a great, bombastic score, ultra-bloody effects, operatic performances, and a fat Japanese boy, too. It all adds up to top notch entertainment for the whole family.
10/10 One of the greatest movies of all time. Watch it now. I'm serious. It's on youtube damn it go watch it.
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"Lik Wong", a.k.a. "Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky" has to rate as one of the most entertaining adaptations ever made of a comic book. It sure as hell ain't for kids, though: this is unrelentingly gory stuff, with various unlucky characters pummelled, sliced and diced, exploded, and crushed.
Handsome Siu-Wong Fan stars as Riki-Oh, a young man sent to prison in the "future", in this case the year 2001. Government functions have been privatized, and this particular prison system is corrupt to the core. Riki-Oh, who's endowed with superhuman strength, punches and kicks his way through the villains on his way to taking on the goofy Assistant Warden (Mei Sheng Fan), who with his artificial eye and hook hand wouldn't be out of place in a James Bond film, and the all-powerful Warden Sugiyama (Ka-Kui Ho). Riki-Ohs' fellow prisoners come to look up to him as he does his damage.
The tone in this thing is completely on the tongue-in-cheek side; sometimes the makeup effects are obviously fake, but that only adds to the insane charm. People who watch films for gore will be more than satisfied by what they see here.
With the exception of the stoic Siu-Wong Fan and a few others, the performances tend to be broad. Riki-Ohs' enemies are a colourful bunch, and in one inspired touch, one of them, a male character by the name of Huang Chuan, is actually played by a woman, Yukari Oshima.
Directed with great flair by Ngai Choi Lam, this has an excellent forward momentum and waits until well into the story to give us Riki-Ohs' full back story, when his girlfriend (the incredibly gorgeous Gloria Yip) fatefully witnessed a drug deal going down. Philip Kwok, who went on to work on such productions as John Woos' "Hard Boiled" and the Bond franchise entry "Tomorrow Never Dies", is the stunt coordinator and does a superb job.
All in all, this is irresistible pulp fiction that gets down to business fairly quickly and delivers non-stop gut busting violent entertainment, working its way towards a pull-out-all-the-stops finale set in a kitchen. If you're a lover of martial arts cinema and have a taste for excess, you can be assured that "Lik Wong" delivers the goods.