Saturday, September 21, 2013
#165: Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (Ngai Choi Lam, 1991)
Normally, I'm an advocate for watching the subtitled versions of foreign-language films instead of the dubbed versions, but I'm making an exception here. In the finest kung fu tradition, the English dubbed version is nonstop hilarity. The guys doing the voices are so ridiculous, and the dialogue is so nuts that I laughed pretty much continuously. Here are just a few gems: "Your kung fu is unorthodox." "You're a grown-up now. Do you still have superhuman strength?" "The warden of any prison has to be the very best in kung fu." "You were as strong as a bull, and so I named you Riki." Life is mostly garbage, but there are some magic things about being a living human being in the present era. This movie's existence is one of them. People made this. Other people paid them to make this. This really exists.