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3.5
767 Ratings

Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 1999
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

Tough gangster Ryuichi and his ethnically Chinese yakuza make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima, who will do everything to stop them.

Dead or Alive Directed by Takashi Miike

Critics reviews

…Miike characteristically punctuates this scene with a crass joke (a fart bubble arises from the pool while the gangster talks), but the demolition of this woman is wrenching, filmed by Miike with a sense of rapturous terror and humanism as jokiness gives way to tragedy.
April 15, 2017
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Dead Or Alive’s beginning and ending constitute two of the most notorious sequences in a career full of them, and tend to overshadow the unhinged—though largely low-key—yakuza bloodbath drama they bookend. But… one side depends on the other. The opening provides the rest of the movie an atmosphere of anything-goes craziness. The dramatic portions, in turn, provide context for the wacky climax.
March 27, 2014
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