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Riki-Oh Film to be Screened in LA on Halloween Weekend

posted on 2008-10-21 23:57 EDT
Live-action martial arts film inspired by manga by Tough artist

The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is planning to screen the manga-based Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky film on October 31 and November 1. The 1991 Hong Kong live-action film draws inspiration from the violent Riki-Oh fighting manga by writer Masahiko Takajo (Crimson Wolf) and artist Tetsuya Saruwatari (Tough). The theater will screen the film alongside the 2004 Shaun of the Dead horror parody film; Shaun of the Dead director and co-writer Edgar Wright had recommended that Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky be shown with his film, and he will appear in person on one of the two nights.

American television host Craig Kilborn used the Riki-Oh film's infamous head-crushing scene to introduce his "Five Questions" segment for guests on The Daily Show program on Comedy Central and later on his late night show on CBS. Media Blasters released the two animated videos that were also based on the manga, while Viz Media released Saruwatari's Tough manga.

Thank you to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

Update: Media Blasters released the live-action film, but did not release the two animated videos as initially scheduled.


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