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.
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.