prostitute plunges to her death clutching a bag of drugs, a furtive men's
room tryst climaxes in a geyser of blood, an after-dinner shotgun blast
graphically puts a new spin on bulimia, a stripper writhes, a mysterious
knife thrower takes aim and a gangster snorts a line of white powder
stretching to infinity... and that's merely the first ten minutes. From
Taskashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer), comes a film of such
kaleidoscopic mayhem and frenzied violence that it defies hyperbole.
Burlesquing and surpassing every other full-bore, double-barreled Asian
crime thriller, Dead Or Alive conjures up a harrowing urban fever-dream.
In Tokyo's crime ridden Shinjuku district, emotionally and financially
bankrupt Detective Jojima (Show Aikawa) plays referee in a gangland turf
war pitting the Japanese Yakuza Mafia against a bloodthirsty band of
Chinese immigrant gangsters. But Jojima's obligation to his terminally ill
daughter and ruthless Chinese mobster Ryuichi's (Riki Takeuchi)
sentimental devotion to his ersatz family of misfit assassins threatens to
add their own corpses to the landslide of fresh bodies littering Tokyo.
Miike depicts Dead Or Alive's gruesome acts of excess and debasement with
shockingly graphic relish, allowing his vision to escalate beyond even a
cartoonish level of audacity.
Directed by: Taskashi Miike (Audition, Sukiyaki Western Django,
Ichi The Killer)
Starring: Show Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi
Interview with Takashi Miike
ES020 - Color - NTSC - 2.0 - 105 Min - Aspect
Ratio 1:85:1 - 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen - Region 1 - 1999
Release date: May 17, 2011