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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Nick Schwab's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    With 100+ films, it's just a matter of finding Miike's better work. This loose sequel is flawed, if watchable. It's also the best Kitano film that that director never made. Birds' combines scenes of serene tenderness and dramatic whimsy with both director's similar masterfully executed scenes of violent action n' oddball humor. Call it Miike's on-and-off reconstruction of his empire after his off-and-on ruin.

  2. David R Williams's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    Nowhere near as hyperkinetic as the first, which might be a relief or a disappointment depending on your point of view. A bit of a disappointment in my case.

  3. Richard Tines's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    Who knew Takashi had a little sweetheart in him? This sequel subverts the narrative expectations from the first DOA, and using the same two leads, crafts a sentimental/existential exploration of fate and memory...be aware, however, that this IS a Miike film, so there's plenty of surreal/hyperkinetic violence to be found...

  4. Jeffrey Melone's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

  5. Nick Potter's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    An entirely different type of zany from the predecessor, Miike's sequel manages to have a lot more going on beneath the surface while also being a more consistent film.

  6. drlurl's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    A sequel to the original film in name only, Dead Or Alive 2 follows two childhood friends as they turn their backs on a life of crime, instead opting to use their well-honed killing skills to fight back against the very crime syndicates which raised them. Fans of Takashi Miike will recognize all of the usual hallmarks: extreme violence is handled casually, skillfully, and the storytelling leaves little to be desired.

  7. Superfrog's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    I feel that one has to enjoy the vision of people being gored and of gratuitous sex to be able to appreciate the deeper implications of the film. Otherwise a bit tough to get through.

  8. Zachariah Rigby's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    A really affecting picture of friendship and memory. Also a really silly picture of people getting hurt in ridiculous ways. Miike is a jack of all trades, and master of most of them too.

  9. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    A more thoughtful, warmer, film than the first, this is probably the best of the trilogy. Great stuff.

  10. Korial's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

  11. Slappy McGee's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    (3.5 stars) Subverting the insanity of the first film, Miike shows us another way to be a madman: don't be a madman. He uses far more subtle ways of showing the violence of the yakuza while his main story is a more gentle reuniting of childhood friends. It's still an odd "bird" of a film, but much more grounded than its predecessor and shows us a lot more maturity from Miike, albeit one laced with bloody urine.

  12. Stefan Drees's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    A film with many noteworthy features and a great montage sequence in the center. And again Takashi Miike is stretching, bending and transcending genre conventions.

  13. Nachtreich's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

  14. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

  15. Ostermyers's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

  16. ElTigreNegro's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    Another of Miike's very recurrent themes: nostalgia and childhood. The characters revisit their past to understan themselves better in the present. All shot with a dreamlike atmosphere, subtle and always paying attention to the characters. Many consider this one of Miike's best, and it's hard to argue against that. Aikawa and Takeuchi are in top form, not to mention Shinya Tsukamoto and Kenichi Endo.

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  18. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    If you survived DEAD OR ALIVE and Takashi Miike's bad taste, you may appreciate DEAD OR ALIVE 2: THE BIRDS and its melancholic and pastoral atmosphere. Or you may not. Because the last third of the film will remind you that the director knows how to offend the sensibility of the common viewer. It's a little bit vacuous at times but nevertheless interesting if you're a curious movie lover.

  19. Dead Dog and Ghost Man's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    The description is bullshit. There are diegetic implications that these are the reincarnated main characters from the first film.

  20. Hunter Duesing's rating of the film Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    A sequel that is far and away superior to its wishy-washy original. DEAD OR ALIVE 2: THE BIRDS is much more consistent, and delivers the Miike-fueled gore and humor, along with some actual drama as well.