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Dead Or Alive


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Dead or Alive (DEAD OR ALIVE:犯罪者, Deddo oa araibu: Hanzaisha), abbreviated as DOA (Dii ō ei), is a 1999 (22 years ago) Japanese yakuza action movie directed by Takashi Miike. It stars Riki Takeuchi, as the Chinese Triad boss and former yakuza Ryūichi, and Show Aikawa, as the Japanese cop Detective Jojima, and focuses on their meeting and conflict. It is the first in a three-part series, followed by Dead Or Alive 2: Birds in 2000 (21 years ago) and Dead or Alive: Final in 2002 (19 years ago).

Dead or Alive series

The Dead Or Alive movies are not connected in any apparent way except by director Takashi Miike and stars Riki Takeuchi and Show Aikawa. In the first movie they play respectively yakuza and cop. Dead Or Alive is notable for Takashi Miike's characteristic scenes of ultra-violence and perversity, which come casually littered throughout.

The movie opens with the two leads breaking the fourth wall, looking directly into the camera and counting "One, two, one two three four!" as if about to perform a rock song. This leads into an over the top, absurdly violent "Rock Video" style montage set to the film's theme song by Koji Endo, interweaving multiple scenes involving yakuza members assassinating other crime lords.

The movie also features a deliberately absurd ending, beginning with the Riki Takeuchi character declaring "This is the final scene" and climaxing with one of the leads producing a bazooka from thin air and the other producing a ball of energy from his body. The energy blast causes a nuclear explosion - an image (wallpaper) that many have cited as a metaphor for the fact that the two have already destroyed one another's families and careers, or in essence, each other's worlds. The ending has also been described as the ultimate WTF.

Dead Or Alive 2 (4 walls): Birds is a quieter affair with Riki Takeuchi and Show Aikawa as rival hitmen. This too has moments of completely wacky surrealism with the two randomly turning into birds and children, a woman hugging a giant phallic object, strange and bizarre characters, a necrophilic sex scene, intercut with a children's play written and performed by the protagonists. The second movie has even more surreal moments in the movie than Dead Or Alive.

The two hitmen, Mizuki and Shuuichi, played by Aikawa and Takeuchi respectively, are childhood friends who unexpectedly meet again when called to do the same hit job. Both soon become hunted by gangsters, which inadvertently leads them both back to their childhood orphanage where they first met. After a temporary hiatus spent at their old home, they team up and hire themselves out to every hit job they can find but with a new focus: to give all their earnings to poor kids in Africa.

Dead or Alive: Final is a Cyberpunk science fiction film. Riki Takeuchi and Show Aikawa play androids on either side of the law. This features a similar gonzo ending where the two characters fuse into a giant robot with a penis shaped head—a metaphor for how they have essentially been the same character all along, just embodied in different ways. Under the credits plays a completely non-sequitur shot of a man in a park strumming an acoustic guitar and singing. Another absurd moment in the trilogy is when, moments before the final showdown, the two leads flash back to scenes from the first two films, as if Final were a true sequel.


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.


  • Riki Takeuchi
  • Sho Aikawa
  • Renji Ishibashi
  • Hitoshi Ozawa
  • Shingo Tsurumi
  • Kaoru Sugita
  • Dankan
  • Hirotaro Honda
  • Michisuke Kashiwaya
  • Mizuho Koga
  • Ryushi Mizukami
  • Ren Ôsugi
  • Tomorowo Taguchi
  • Susumu Terajima
  • Hua Rong Weng
  • Kyôsuke Yabe
  • Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi


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