Say "osu" to RIKI, the new singing persona of everyone's favorite straight-to-video yakuza movie tough guy Riki Takeuchi (Miike's Dead or Alive, Tokyo Mafia).
Today, 2/27, marks the release of the second RIKI single KURENAI NO BACKFIRE. While Riki is certainly no stranger to the recording studio, the Kishidan-style yankii/bosozoku comedy leanings of the RIKI project represent something of a new direction for Our Man (even though he played a decotruck driver before in Pachinko Game Drifter). Since the yakuza movie market has all but dried up in recent years, Takeuchi and his peers have had to scramble to make ends meet. Enter: playing living caricatures of themselves for fake applause and canned laughter. This recent television appearance by RIKI should get you up to speed on the state of the art before viewing the video for the new single itself below.