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Dead or Alive 2: Birds

Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 2000
Crime, Drama, Thriller


Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home, while staying one trigger-pull ahead of the mobsters and killers who want them dead.

Dead or Alive 2: Birds Directed by Takashi Miike

Critics reviews

Both [of the Dead or Alive sequels] have moments that are often staged in single takes that savor the superb performances and landscapes, which are rendered with docudramatic vividness. The killers of Birds sometimes literally regress to their childhood states, which Miike refuses to psychoanalyze, allowing the free-associative poetry to speak for itself.
April 15, 2017
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