Media Blasters Plans Live-Action Manga-Based Riki-Oh BD
posted on by Andrew Osmond
The North American home video distributor Media Blasters will release the live-action Hong Kong film Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky on Blu-ray Disc under the Tokyo Shock label on September 27. The 1991 film adapts Riki-Oh, a violent martial arts manga written by Masahiko Takajo (Crimson Wolf) and drawn by Tetsuya Saruwatari (Tough). The manga also inspired two original anime videos in 1989 and 1990.
The unrated Blu-ray Disc will have an suggested retail price of US$14.99. Extras include a photo gallery and an interview with lead actor Siu-Wong Fan. Both the English sub and dub will be included. Tokyo Shock already released the live-action film on DVD in North America.
The Hong Kong film was written and directed by Ngai Kai Lam. In the story, the character Ricky Ho (played by Siu-Wong Fan) is sentenced to 10 years for killing a mob boss who caused his girlfriend's death. Ricky is transferred to a corporate-owned prison, where he must use his martial arts skills to battle a corrupt warden and a group of prisoners known as "The Gang of Four."
American television host Craig Kilborn used an infamous head-crushing scene in the film 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.