Rating: 8 stars
Seen 3 times
Hard man Ricky is incarcerated in a futuristic prison where ultra-violence is his only means of survival in the corrupt, sadistic system. He must battle his way quite literally ‘through’ the feared ‘gang of four’, and undergo multiple tortures before facing the governor in one of the goriest climaxes ever seen.
Rated R | Length 92 minutes
Tetsurō Tamba | Lam Suet | Power Chan | Frankie Chin | Yukari Ôshima | Fan Siu-Wong | Philip Kwok Chun-Fung | Fan Mei-Sheng | Gloria Yip | William Ho Ka-Kui | Chan Ging | Lam Kai-Wing | Wong Kwok-Leung | Chang Gan-Wing | Wong Chi-Keung | Bill Lung Biu | Kôichi Sugisaki | Wong Kwai-Hung
While viewing this I was thinking about the first time I saw it… at a movie night at Ron’s (I believe it was pAT that brought the dvd). Then coincidentally I get a Twitter notification from Ron about our movie nights back in the day. So weird but perfect timing.
This movie is still so bonkers and I forget how bonkers each time I see it. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve seen it with its original Cantonese + English subs. Such a delightful movie that still makes my cringe in a few spots. I love that Oshima was cast as one of the four prison bosses.