“You got a lot of guts Oscar”
Where do I even start with this movie? Ok, imagine that instead of Frank Darabont obtaining the rights to make The Shawshank Redemption, Lloyd Kaufman got them. Imagine he then proceeds to completely rewrite the script, removing all the human elements of the story, replacing them with ridiculous fight scenes & an insane amount of splatter. Imagine he then changes the location to Hong Kong & spends about $20 on making the movie. Even after all that you would only be at the tip of the iceberg as to Riki Oh.
The story revolves around Riki, who is sent to prison for 10yrs for manslaughter after taking vengeance on the criminal boss whose gang Riki’s girlfriend witnessed during a heroin deal. The gang capture her & in terror she jumps of a roof to her death. The prison is run by a crooked warden & his assistant Sugiyama, who, utilising the most dangerous prisoners, called the gang of four, are operating an opium den in the prison. Riki is drawn into fighting for the rights of the other prisoners & an eventual showdown with the warden himself. In essence that is the plot, feel free to add any & all cliches you can think of because I pretty much guarantee you they will be in this movie.
Riki Oh is another one of those “so shockingly bad it’s awesome” movies. It’s badly acted, scripted & directed. The SFX are just FX, no S needed. The whole movie is cheaply made & godawful, but boy does it entertain. When speaking about Riki Oh there is only one topic of discussion, gore. This film swims in the red stuff. The gore level is unprecedented & close to Peter Jackson’s gore fest Braindead/Dead Alive for sheer on-screen carnage. Heads shatter, limbs are pushed into meat grinders, eyeballs are punched out, all with virtual comic book glee. Indeed Riki Oh was originally a manga. In one inspired fight scene Riki fights an inamte called Oscar. After knocking one of Oscar’s eyeballs out with a blow to the back of the head, Riki watches as Oscar disembowels himself, prompting Sugiyama to utter the immortal line “You got a lot of guts Oscar” As Riki tries to help the dying Oscar, Oscar tries to strangle Riki with his own intestines! Riki is a proponent of Qigong, a form of martial arts which allow Riki to literally punch through human flesh, walls, or anything else really. In one hilarious scene Riki punches an inmates jaw off completely. If the SFX were up to anything these scenes may have been shocking, as they are, the scenes become laughable. Of course the movie ends with a showdown between Riki & the warden & the scene doesn’t disappoint. It is gleefully over the top. The whole movie is pure camp silliness. The actors seem to be taking the movie seriously which just adds so much to the comedic value of the film.
If you like your humour dark & unintentional, you will love this movie, a cult classic & pure mindless entertainment. Highly recommended for at least one watch.