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.
Granted, Dead or Alive's emphasis on perversion and body fluids often make this yakuza tale hard to watch. But by injecting a dose of insanity into the familiar Heat-like tale of mirror image cops and criminals (Sho and Riki) Miike is able to transcend genre limitations, creating instead a deranged study of both morality and a society driving full speed towards its own destruction.