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Not Rated
Copyright 1991 Golden Harvest
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Ricky - Young man sentenced to prison for killing a opium dealer. (Who was responsible for Ying's death.)
  • The Warden - Evil controller of the prison, he carries a pistol which makes people explode and seems to be a demon too. Turned into ground beef (literally) by Ricky.
  • The Assistant Warden - Fat and mean henchman with a glass eye and hook hand. Explodes after being shot by the Warden.
  • Huang Chan - Very deadly at martial arts and a gang boss, he is awfully feminine though. Ricky rips off or breaks all his limbs.
  • Taizan - Huge gang boss who can crush a man's skull. (see below!) Mashed under a hydraulic press after Ricky cripples him.
  • Shorty - Little gang boss who uses large spikes attached to elastic bands. Shot in the ass and explodes.
  • Hai - Tatoo wearing gang boss. Ricky punches his skull in.
  • Wild Cat, Fink, and Elephant - Bullies of the cell block. Ricky punches through Elephant and Wild Cat, he only knocks the top off of Fink's head.

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The Plot: 


Plainly amazing, we are talking heads punched in half, guys using their intestines (hanging out of their body cavity) to strangle Ricky, people exploding, and internal organs flying all over the place.

Ricky arrives in prison after killing a opium dealer, the guy had kidnapped his girlfriend and she ran off the side of a building to get away. (I never said she was intelligent.) The prison is run by a evil Warden (Away on vacation when the film begins.), his assistant, and "The Gang of Four." This gang is a group of powerful fighters who rule the inmates through fear. Now Ricky does not take kindly to their ways, fighting and killing Hai in a brutal exchange where Ricky must tie his severed tendons back together. After that the other three show up and gratuitously slaughter a few prisoners until Ricky backs down. Here is the legendary "Head Crush" scene, by the way.

Pretty soon the young warrior learns they are growing poppy in the prison. He sets fire to the crop and things really take off. The Warden returns and is quite angry about the uprising. Ricky kills the remainder of "The Gang of Four" and faces off against him, finally tossing the monster into a meat grinding machine!

I cannot say enough about the crazy number of body parts being mashed, at one point Ricky punches through the bottom of Taizan's jaw and out his mouth! On a "that is way nasty" note, the Assistant Warden keeps mints in his glass eye; it is hollow.

If you are of the hardy sort who loves crazy and bloody kung fu, this is your paradise.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Wood lathes should be used in Rhinoplasty.
  • Dead prisoners are kept handcuffed.
  • The inside of your hand is made out of styrofoam.
  • Kneecaps are ticklish.
  • Destroying gravestones is okay if it's for Kung Fu training.
  • People keep their fake eye in a glass of ice water.
  • Glass eyes are full of mints.
  • You can tie your tendons together.
  • Leaves sound just like a flute if you know how to play them.
  • You can stop someone's heart with a certain martial arts punch.
  • Prisons have rooms boobytrapped to fill with cement.
  • Cement really will turn you into stone!
  • Kung Fu masters can split a bamboo pole with their tongue. (So why are they always single?)
  • Asian women exhibit "Lemming Syndrome."
  • Straight razor blades are not food.
  • Never put your foot through a hot water heater.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 7 mins - OUCH! (Wood lathe to the face.)
  • 8 mins - OUCH! (Block of nails through the hand into the face.)
  • 16 mins - OUCH! (Punched through the stomach.)
  • 17 mins - Where did the hole in Ricky's hand go?
  • 31 mins - Man, I would not want to get chopped with that thing.
  • 32 mins - Slow motion, this is going to suck for you buddy. OUCH! (Chopper thing to the head.)
  • 42 mins - Yeah, his fingers matched the notes he was playing...
  • 45 mins - OUCH! (Knife skinning his face.)
  • 46 mins - Does anybody stay in their cell around here?
  • 48 mins - Hehehehe! What was that goofy stuff?
  • 58 mins - OUCH! (Cane through the eye.)
  • 62 mins - OUCH! (Punch through the jaw and hand.)
  • 74 mins - Do not warn your hero that a backhoe is sneaking up on him.
  • 75 mins - OUCH! (Very large wrench to the head.)
  • 80 mins - OUCH! (Head punched in half.)

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note storyofricky1.wav The movie's theme music.
Green Music Note storyofricky2.wav Ricky playing a leaf. (Sure sounds like a flute to me.)

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The legendary "Head Crush" scene. This is just a part of the insane goodness, there are plenty of injuries which would make trauma room nurses faint.

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Story of Ricky
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Gabe Kelly
I have owned this movie since May of '01, and have watched it at least once a day since. This movie is one of the most fun I've seen. And believe me, I have seen a LOT of films. This video, at least the uncut version, is available from Tokyo Shock productions, and is worth having in your collection. By the by, did you know that the "effeminate" Gang of Four leader is actually PLAYED BY A GIRL!!! I can't remember her name right now, but she is in a bunch of other martial arts movies. Anyway, the film is worth getting, so GET IT ALREADY!!!!!!!
Story of Ricky
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Daniel
Well, I bought it and it is gory! I just watched a little bit and Ricky punched through a fat guy's stomach! I stopped it because my dad might make me get rid of it. My mom saw it but I hope she doesn't tell him. I'll have to wait until monday to watch it(I'm 13 years old and my mom and I are the only people in te house).
Story of Ricky
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by The Necrofile-Crocodile:Leonard D. Loftin
My wife was very amused of the hand-crushing fist-fight.I think the best "fun" in this film is the little fat son of the prison-keeper.
Story of Ricky
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Andrew
Movie is good. Just in case you were wondering Huang Chan (unorthodox white crane style person) IS a girl. That is why so looks a bit girly. There is another B Movie out with Fan Siu Wong (Ricky) in it. Something like the "haunted house", that is a rough translation. Haven't a clue what it would be in English. Seen it here in Japan, probably will exist in Hong Kong but as to a dubbed/subbed version am not sure. Looks like it could be better than Ricky.
Story of Ricky
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by KC
Did anyone notice all the porn in the assistant warden's office?
Story of Ricky
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by dethy
I saw this at the Nuart in Santa Monica.  Terrible film, but terrible in a good way.  One strange thing - whenever Ricky punched through someone's body parts, the whole screen would turn read as if shot through a red filter.  Even the head-crush scene was like this.  Did I see some kind of pseudo-censored version?  Does the DVD turn red like this in the gore scenes?
Story of Ricky
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by The MessiahMan
Red?  strange stuff.  I don't remember anything turning red, except that one scene where the gore looked like it splattered all over the camera.  Either way, Andrew's review hits the nail on the head.  This movie is a MUST see.  It's badness is legendary, and Chi-coh (or whatever) is one of the best styles of Kung-fu ever featured on film!  Though if I were Ricky, I'd avoid the entire events of the movie and sock a hole through the wall after about the first scene...but it's that kind of nonsense that makes this movie grand.  OH, and the "Rogan's Kung-fu is unorthodox" line is incredibly funny...ESPECIALLY after that goofy bit of posing.  It just tickles my funny-bone each time I see it.
Story of Ricky
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by turd fergeson
This movie is one of the best in my collection. I watch the DVD on almost a daily basis...I dont know what keeps me coming back. The ultra cheesy dubbing? The gore? The "early 90's-ness" of it? I dunno, but the movie will be one of my favorites for years to come.
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