Having rented this DVD from a video chain store, I got the edited version with some of the over-the-top gross-out scenes, as described by other IMDb reviewers, cut from the still-quite-amazing opening sequence, but I quickly got over it and appreciated the movie as one of Miike's wild and at the same time well-crafted stories. The cat and mouse narrative of the freelance gangster and the cop seemed to have possibly influenced Mann and his "Heat." But then the ending just flips out, reminding me more of "Repo Man" except that Cox's film at least had some sort of internal logic to justify such an ending, where "Dead or Alive" just comes out of the blue with its big freakout. I haven't seen the other DOA's but understand they have the same characters, so what really happened there anyway? I saw this the week after seeing "Bird People in China" so really appreciate what an eclectic and experimental director Miike is. I've also seen "Gozu" "Audition" and "Ichi," and give them all the highest rating except for "Ichi," which was just silly...
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Dead or Alive (1999)
Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha is a movie starring Sh? Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, and Renji Ishibashi. A yakuza of Chinese descent and a Japanese cop each wage their own war against the Japanese mafia. But they are destined to meet. Their...
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Without a home and feeling no obligation to Japanese society or Yakuza, Ryuichi (Takeuchi Riki) and his small group decide to make their own place by trying to take over the Shinjuku underworld and the drug trade from Taiwan. As they plan an all-out-assault on the remaining Chinese and Japanese mafia kings, only Detective Jojima (Aikawa Sho) stands between them and complete domination.
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The Reviews for Dead or Alive (1999) 720p
does it matter which version?Reviewed byjimi99Vote: 8/10
Every movie made by Miike is a completely new experience. Forget everything you have ever learned and thought about him and start all over.
Each and everyone will move the earth beneath you. It's a visual experience and very demanding on your soul. Miike tries to step over the line with every new movie.
The intro is one of the worst/best I have ever seen so far in my life. It's like life on speed! Then the movie moves into attitude, action, violence and some taboos! No other director would use as much kinky stuff as Miike does in this movie. So, if you can't stand scat and animal sex, beware!!!
Riki Takeuchi is one true great actor. He is perfect for his role. Mean and nasty and a borderline psychopath. Great Fun if you love Miike!
This movie starts out very fast paced, with crazy violent sequences mixed in with drugs and nudity for about 15 minutes straight, then it slows into a fast paced gangster/cop movie.It was a fun ride.
The basic story is a broke cop needs money, a bunch of assassins want to take over the drug trade from the Chinese and Japanese,and lots of people die while these groups try to fulfill their gaols.
The acting was good, and generally either over the top or understated as it should be in a movie like this.The bullet fights looked great,and blood flew every were.
This movie is worth watching just to see one of the strangest endings ever made to a gangster movie.
A bloody fun ride.