This is the tale of a happy young lad with nary a care in the world; content to spend his frivolous existence flying radio controlled air planes with his girlfriend among the rolling green hills of a picturesque China. Of course this idyllic life is shattered when gang toughs attack the couple and chase Ricky's girlfriend off the roof of a building. Our hero shrugs off six bullets to the chest before commencing the bare hand brutalization of his enemies in a fashion that would be right at home in an early Peter Jackson film. Since we're visiting the dystopian future China of 2001, where self defense laws apparently doesn't exist, Ricky is fed to the privatized prison system where the warden wields ultimate power, which is lethally enforced by the martial arts master gang leaders; The Gang of Four.
Luckily our hero is also a master of a mystical martial art form, one which provides ridiculous resistances to all pain, advanced rapid healing, and the strength to punch through advisories. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky takes all of these parts and crafts an absurd fruit salad of insane fisticuffs, completely implausible scenarios, and brutal gore rivaling that on display in Dead Alive. The whipped cream to top this main course is preposterously bad dubbing, with equal helpings of The Three Stooges and The Rolling Stones. The puns fly fast and furious, whether intended or invented.
The sum total is a film which you'll want to acquire without delay. This is group cinematic viewing perfected with all the right elements coalescing into a grotesque kung-fu comedy. Grab your gore drenched, cult craving pals and party with this manga turned tale of lost love, flying fists and shocking shenanigans.
Saturday Shock-O-Rama Streaming Suggestions
Want to watch something schlocky right now? Try on a few of these suggestions, available right now from the listed service.
Netflix - The Car - Horror (1977)
Crackle - El Mariachi - Action/Foreign (1992)
YouTube - The Guy with the Secret Kung-Fu - Kung-Fu (1981)
And if you simply can't get enough horror happenings here on Mania, might I humbly suggest checking out Tuesday Terrors? It's got all the shocking news to keep you current (and possibly help you survive until the credits roll).
Chuck Francisco is a columnist for Mania writing Saturday Shock-O-Rama, the weekly look into classic cult, horror and sci-fi. He is a horror co-host of two monthly film series at the world famous Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA (home of 1958's 'The Blob'): First Friday Fright Nights and Colonial Cult Cinema.You can delve further into his love of all things weird and campy on his blog, The Midnight Cheese or hear him occasionally guesting on eminent podcast You've Got Geek.