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Dead or Alive 2: Birds

Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 2000
Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Japanese
  • English
Takashi Miike: Dead or Alive


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.

Our take

This requisite spiritual sequel to Miike’s apocalypse composes itself in a unique bifurcated structure of dark violence and evocative meditations of the past. Dead or Alive 2 throws out the gangster picture rulebook, and creates a new poetic surrealism for its bullet ballet. Takashi Miike forever.

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