Viva Riva! Poster

Release Date: June 10th, 2011

DVD Release Date: September 27th, 2011

R|1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary
With the Democratic Republic of Congo suffering from a gasoline shortage, criminal Riva (Patsha Bay) comes back home with gasoline stolen from his sometime employer, Cesar (Hoji Fortuna). Determined to use his new wealth to have a good time, Riva hits the town with longtime friend J.M. (Alex Herabo). At a club, Riva meets gorgeous Nora (Manie Malone) and steals her away from her gangster boyfriend, Azor (Diplome Amekindra). With both Cesar and Azor after him, Riva struggles to stay alive.

Cast: Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Hoji Fortuna, Marlene Longange, Diplome Amekindra, Alex Herabo, Angelique Mbumb, Nzita Tumba

Director: Djo Munga

Genres: Drama

Distributors: Music Box

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Driven by its charismatic upstart gangster protagonist Riva, the film is one joyride that knows it will careen into a spectacular crash. Djo Tunda wa Munga captures the particular vibe released by this mixture of carpe diem and self-destructive instinct. show more

  • A slick, exciting, well-made crime thriller, dripping with atmosphere. show more

  • Martin Scorsese, meet Djo Tunda Wa Munga, because you obviously have a lot in common. Viva Riva! is nothing less than the Congolese Mean Streets, oozing sexual heat and brute violence and powered by a locomotive's worth of raw kinetic energy. show more

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