Other Sellers on Amazon
Viva Riva [DVD]
Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) is a service Amazon offers sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's warehouses, and Amazon directly does the picking, packing, shipping and customer service on these items. Something Amazon hopes you'll especially enjoy: FBA items are eligible for and for Amazon Prime just as if they were Amazon items.
If you're a seller, you can increase your sales significantly by using Fulfilment by Amazon. We invite you to learn more about this programme .
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Customers who bought this item also bought
VIVA RIVA! is a gangster thriller about a charismatic criminal, Riva, for whom a sudden burst of stolen wealth ignites an exhilarating, hedonistic and perilous journey through one of the most intriguing cities in Africa - Kinshasa.
VIVA RIVA! expertly combines a fresh rhythm, violence and eroticism that promises to ignite a new wave of African cinema, whilst demonstrating the intelligence, wit and technical accomplishment of European cinema.
The irony of the petrol thief Riva's journey is that he lives in a nation widely recognised to be the richest on the planet in terms of untapped natural resources (in excess of $23 trillion), and yet the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are amongst the poorest on the planet.
Yet the film steers entirely clear of politics, the focus remains firmly on story-telling: VIVA RIVA! treats its audience to an imaginative portrait of vibrant rogues competing on the streets of Kinshasa. Trailblazing Congolese writer/director Djo Tunda Wa Munga mixes a heady cocktail of rich colour, dynamism and local music that marks him as an emerging force in World Cinema.
A bold crime action film that's vicious, sexy and throbblingly realistic - Hollywood Reporter
A blast from start to finish - Variety
Top customer reviews
The film pretty much lives up to the hype on the front of the DVD cover which boldly proclaims that it is "like City of God done by Tarantino". There is no doubt that Congolese born director Djo Munga has been influenced by films like "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction". It has a similar style and levels of violence, so beware if you are of a sensitive nature. In this film, Riva a small time villain with charm hustles Angolan gangsters out of a substantial amount of fuel which he sells in Kinshasa for a handsome profit. He then begins to live the high life and falls for the beautiful mistress of a local mobster. Before long he has an angry mobster and the Angolans on his tail. Neither are folk to be messed with!
Munga has certainly made a film with plenty of energy and style. Kinshasa is portrayed as a dangerous place where bribery and corruption rule the roost, which is probably not far away from the truth. Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" still has a ring of truth to it! The Angolan gang are an excellent creation echoing Lee Marvin's gang of eastern hoodlums from "Prime Cut" making waves in hillbilly country. Their unflattering remarks about the Congo are quite funny. The sinister Hoji Fortuna is superb as the gangs ruthless leader. Not a man to cross! Manie Malone, who is surely one of the worlds most beautiful women is mesmerising as the fiery temptress, and Patsha Bay is also excellent as the ebullient lead. Crime and poverty are indeed endemic in the Congo, and it is this that drives the film. The film is perhaps a little too cynical for its own good in the way the action is fuelled by the love of money, which all the characters seem to be in thrall to. This makes for a rather bleak film with no real message of hope, although the director argued the closing shot of a young boy offered this. I would disagree with that view! It is this lack of a moral heart that makes me unable to warm to the film. This is purely a personal view. For those who like seedy underworld films then this is an unusual variant well worth watching.
Petrol is in short supply in all of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and especially so in Kinshasa. Corruption is rife and almost everybody seems to be involved in the sex industry. The place is just a dump so going for some recreational drugs and sex is probably seen as a good antidote to the whole thing. Meanwhile Riva! Spots Nora (Manie Malone) dancing at a night club, and is smitten by her good looks and lack of clothing. It is then that he finds she is the woman of another crime boss, Azor, who is a total brute (I can't say what I want as the sensors will pick it up). He is one of those cowardly bullies who gets others to do his dirty work and treats Nora as his personal chattel.
We also have a lesbian army Commandante, who's sister has been kidnapped and she is forced to help Viva's old boss track him down. We also have the police who are corrupt, and the church who also are surprisingly corrupt. In the chase no prisoners are taken and the violence is frequent and nasty. The acting is all very good as is the direction and the whole thing holds together brilliantly. It is also one of those films that seems shorter than it is at just over an hour and a half, as the action is more or less constant. It has good sub titles and is in French and Lingala. This is a great film, which I really enjoyed, it is described as containing strong sexuality, graphic nudity, brutal violence, language and some drug use, so avoid if that would cause offence. Or if like me its right up your street then go for it! Sorry couldn't resist one last exclamation mark.
The movie is so much better then the normal predictable American actions. Action, sex, a reliable story - all taking place in the big vibrant city of Kinshasa. Different, bloody and definitely not suited for children and soft persons! Can really recommend it.
It really is like a Tarantinoesque film... the plot moves along with amazing twists and turns at every point...
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?