Riki-Oh: The Story Of Ricky @ The Beacon

Protect workers’ rights while you watch 💪

Riki-Oh against a background of flames

📸: Freakout Festival | Pearl Charles

Thursday, December 8 • 7:30 pm  SOLD OUT!

Want to stick it to the anti-union corporate fat cats in their stupid suits? Though using nothing but your fists to plow through dozens of heavily symbolic villains may not be physically feasible (or legally advisable) for you, what you can do is come down to the Beacon Cinema in Columbia City, watch a legendary bit of splatterific exploitation cinema, and support a good cause.

So, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991, Hong Kong). It’s the near future of 2001, and young Ricky (Fan Siu-Wong) has just been put away for a decade for avenging his girlfriend’s death. All prisons are now entirely for-profit and work their prisoners like slaves (hmm…), and Ricky immediately encounters a brutal playground of violence from guards and criminals alike. With the power of Qigong and ridiculous superhuman strength, Ricky must get to the corrupt warden, pulling guts, severing limbs, and smashing heads along the way. It’s an over-the-top, brutally funny experience that’s perfect for a crowd.

All proceeds for the screening will go to the relief fund for the Pacific Northwest Starbucks Workers United labor union. Thanks to screening sponsor Radio Vs. the Martians podcast, it’s a great way to be on the right side of history, fight against Starbucks’ recent spate of store closures, protect workers’ rights, and see some gnarly practical effects.


Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based playwright and film programmer. He once raised money for a synagogue by marathoning 15 Adam Sandler movies in one weekend. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @marcus_gorman.