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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week, Part 2 ...

Part two of our church-less double feature goes out to Ian and Natasha and everyone else we shared our late night summers with those cool years past ...



Yoinked from the wiki and mutated with I-Mockery.com ...


"Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (力王 Lik Wong [Strength King]) is a 1991 Hong Kong film directed by Lam Ngai Kai, based on the Japanese comic book Riki-Oh by Masahiko Takajo and Saruwatari Tetsuya. It stars Fan Siu Wong as Ricky Ho Lik Wong (Lik Wong is the character's given name, but the subtitles use the anglicized 'Ricky') and Yukari Oshima as Yomi. The English title given on screen is simply Story of Ricky but later releases were sold under the title Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. It had a limited theatrical release in the US around 1993.

Riki-Oh is best known for its extreme, brutal, highly unrealistic and almost comedic violence. Fans of the Daily Show might remember the Five Questions, when then host Craig Kilborn would ask his guest five random questions. The opening graphic featured a man smashing another man's head with his bare hands. That brief bit of video is from this very movie and there is much more hilarious, over-the-top gore in the rest of the film.



A sequel, titled Dint King, Inside King (aka, Story of Ricky 2 or Super Powerful Man) was allegedly released on video in Hong Kong around 2003-2005. The film was never released in the United States or in Europe, but is available on DVD (without English subtitles) through Panorama Entertainment. The film follows the events that take place in the manga after Ricky breaks out of prison, though apparently no mention is made of this. Oddly, and possibly due to rights issues, the film is built as a stand alone project despite casting Terry Fan Sui Wong in the title role. Even the characters have different names (Ricky's name is He Shen in this film). Fan even sports the camouflage poncho seen in flashbacks and in the manga.



The plot closely follows the events depicted in the original Japanese comic and its anime adaptation, with some minor modifications in certain instances. The opening narration reveals that in 2001, all government institutions, including the prisons, have been privatized. One particularly interesting line of note in the beginning says that 'prisons, like car-parks, have become franchised business.' Interesting. Do parents, going for a night on the town, say to each other, "should we park over here at ‘Parky's", or over there at ‘TGTP' (Thank God There's Parking)?' Don't think about it too hard, though.

Riki-Oh's Category III rating (the Hong Kong equivalent of an NC-17) essentially destroyed its box office chances. It was one of the first Hong Kong movie that used Category 3 film rating system for non erotic media. The X-ray punch is a small tribute to Sonny Chiba's The Street Fighter movie. Japanese(she has a Japanese father and Chinese mother) martial arts actress Yukari Oshima plays an effeminate but male character in the feared 'Gang of Four.' She is dubbed with a male voice-over and has a fight scene with Riki."



Steve's Snacks of The Week:


Coffee

Pills

Chips

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Otter Pops

Frozen Strawberries

A Bag Of Hershey's Hugs




... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety absolutely FREE! But first lets go over a few ground rules. Absolutely no talking is allowed in this or any Galindo Theaters locations. Any and all talkers will be killed by stingrays. No cell phones or African-American berries going off in the theater. And NO TEXTING whatsoever. Totally serious, too.


And be sure to dim headlights (where applicable).


Oh, and remember ...




And remember, this film is TOTALLY SUPER CRAZY VIOLENT and it's absolutely NOT for anyone with a WEAK constitution.


Enjoy the show y'all!


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