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Riki-Oh: Story of Ricky (1991) - Lam Nai Choi

I had seen this movie years ago when I was a kid. It was weird enough to stick with me but alluded me all through these years. It had come on Cinemax for a long time along side movies like If Looks Could Kill, Parenthood and Fast Getaway. If you grew up in the nineties then chances are you might have seen this. It was crammed somewhere in between your sessions of Street Fighter II or Super Mario Brothers 3. Let's just say that the best way to enjoy this movie is with a Slurpee and bag of Chili Cheese Fritos.
This is the movie about a misunderstood prisoner with superhuman strength, dexterity and endurance. Riki-Oh has been in prison for assault and manslaughter and must resort to some extreme measures in order to survive. The prisons are run by gangs and each one is ruthless, they all want Riki-Oh dead. It doesn't help that the prison is practicing cannibalism. Cartoonish and Entertaining, this movie mixes elements of late eighties Jackie Chan movies with Tom Savini-ish effects…