Dead or Alive

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Overview

Takashi Miike takes a dime-a-dozen yakuza script and turns it inside out in this high-octane surrealist crime action thriller. The film's first ten minutes is a breathless montage depicting a naked woman clutching a bag of cocaine being thrown off a high-rise, a porcine Chinese gangster devouring bowl after bowl of noodles before getting whacked, a tinsel-wigged stripper in mid-grind, another Chinese gangster having sex with a guy in a pubic bathroom, clowns throwing knives, and the world's longest cocaine line. ...
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Overview

Takashi Miike takes a dime-a-dozen yakuza script and turns it inside out in this high-octane surrealist crime action thriller. The film's first ten minutes is a breathless montage depicting a naked woman clutching a bag of cocaine being thrown off a high-rise, a porcine Chinese gangster devouring bowl after bowl of noodles before getting whacked, a tinsel-wigged stripper in mid-grind, another Chinese gangster having sex with a guy in a pubic bathroom, clowns throwing knives, and the world's longest cocaine line. Welcome to planet Miike -- one that seems unnervingly like reality but just tweaked enough that the viewer believes almost anything can and does happen. What follows is a tale pitting narcotics cop Jojima Sho Aikawa, who has an ailing daughter and a neglected wife, against Ryuichi Riki Takeuchi, a Chinese-born gangster sporting a hairstyle that would make Wayne Newton jealous. As Ryuichi tries to muscle in on a big drug haul from Taiwan, those closest to him get killed -- particularly his whey-faced younger brother and girlfriend the latter meets a particularly grizzly end at the hands of a sadistic scat-enthusiast yakuza. Likewise, Jojima, who is on Ryuichi's tail, looses his partner, his wife, and his daughter. Soon the two are on the road to a literally cataclysmic confrontation.
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Special Features

Interview with Takashi Miike; Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
The first ten minutes of Dead or Alive will leave you agog, and the last ten will rearrange your head. Originally written as separate scenes designed to set up the film, Miike -- in an act of sheer cinematic bravura -- collapses them together into a hallucinogenic music video of sorts inventing a new way of storytelling that masterfully sets up the film's perverse, unhinged world. In fact, the viewer gets the distinct feeling that one is watching a trailer to the film; there simply couldn't be more to the film than what is in this opening. But there is a lot more. The less said about the film's ending the better, but it left more than one viewer confused. The film's middle, lacking the flash of the beginning and end might seem to drag a bit in comparison, but Miike populates the film with lurid details that keep it interesting. In one scene, Jojima, looking for clues, is talking to one of his underworld connections, who is busily trying to sexually excite a dog for a bestiality photo shoot. In another, Jojima grills a thug sporting a ludicrously large afro. As Miike gleefully undercuts taboos of polite society, a second theme rises to the fore -- the discrimination of non-Japanese Asians living in Japan. At one point, the afro-ed thug argues that Ryuichi is a hero among all non-Japanese working in the underworld because he's willing to take all the societal alienation and estrangement and force it down the throats of the Japanese yakuza. Aside from the dizzying, genre-bending cinematic exploits, the film's sharp and intelligent dissecting of Japanese society makes Dead or Alive a truly fascinating, memorable film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • UPC: 875707004923
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Eastern Star
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,379

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Riki Takeuchi , Ryuichi
Sho Aikawa , Detective Jojima
Renji Ishibashi
Dankan
Hirotaro Honda
Susumu Terajima
Tomoroh Taguchi
Hitoshi Ozawa
Technical Credits
Takashi Miike Director
Toshiki Kimura Producer
Mitsuru Kurosawa Executive Producer
Taiji Shimamura Editor
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa Executive Producer
Hideo Yamamoto Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead or Alive
1. Necessary Evils [10:50]
2. Family Matters [11:37]
3. A Stray Suitcase [12:20]
4. Making Inquiries [7:25]
5. Ryu's Resolve [11:22]
6. Routine Questioning [4:52]
7. Casualties [7:35]
8. The Dragnet Widens [5:49]
9. Dinner Interupted [5:33]
10. First Blood [9:03]
11. Hidden Cargo [7:50]
12. The Showdown [10:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dead or Alive
   Start Film
   Scene Selection
      Start Film
   Special Features
      Trailer #1
      Trailer #2
      Interview With Takashi Miike
      Trailer Gallery
         Dead Or Alive 2
         Dead Or Alive: Final
      Subtitle Options
         English Subtitles: On/Off
            English Subtitles: On
            English Subtitles: Off
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