This movie has an opening that will melt your face, burn your eyes, and leave you shaking in awe. It has an ending that will blow your mind all over the wall behind you, leaving an icky mess for someone to clean up. Everything in between is best described with the words "boring as fuck."
The film doesn’t differ from most Japanese movies dedicated to yakuzas and anti-yakuzas police forces if one forgets Takashi Miike’s taste (superbad, I may say) for hyperviolence, gore, scatology and other candies. Recommended.
Those familiar with Takashi Miike's controversial reputation for extreme violence will feel at home here, as will those familiar with his highly esteemed track record. NOT based on the popular video games, Dead Or Alive is a crime drama set in the underground world of the Yakuza, a crime syndicate which feature prominently in the film. Those who enjoy deftly-crafted violence will love it, right down to the ending.
The first eight minutes is an intense, balls-to-the-wall firehose of visual chaos. If you make it through that, then you've got a mostly-conventional cops and yakuza caper, with scattered moments of shock and disgust. Then in the last ten minutes, the movie goes completely over the top. Don't analyze it. Just sit back and accept it. Rules don't apply in a Takashi Miike film.