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Dead or Alive (1999)
"Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  27 November 1999 (Japan)
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A yakuza of Chinese descent and a Japanese cop each wage their own war against the Japanese mafia. But they are destined to meet. Their encounter will change the world.



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Mrs. Jojima
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Hirotarô Honda
Michisuke Kashiwaya ...
Mizuho Koga
Ryûshi Mizukami
Tokitoshi Shiota ...
Tomorowo Taguchi
Susumu Terajima ...
Hua Rong Weng


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WARNING: This motion picture contains explicit portrayals of violence; sex; violent sex; sexual violence; clowns and violent scenes of violent excess, which are definitely not suitable for all audiences.

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Dead or Alive  »

Box Office


JPY 500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,783 (USA) (8 June 2001)


$1,841 (USA) (27 November 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Detective Jojima: My father was a small-village cop in a town where nothing ever happened. He just hung around like a scarecrow, until he died. But like they say - even a scarecrow keeps away the sparrows.
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User Reviews

Wild Japanese action!
22 October 2002 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Takashi Miike's "Dead or Alive:Hanzaisha" left me speechless.The opening sequence is incredible in its style-we have strippers at work,several bloody shoot-outs,a gangster getting his throat slashed while sodomizing a young man in a public toilet etc.The finale is also amazing-I was literally blown away!The film is strangely amoral-check out especially the scene in which two punks making animal porn try feverishly to excite an Alsatian dog so it can mount naked girl in their presence.The film is not as violent and sadistic as the other Miike's works like "Visitor Q",but there are some really strong images that will surely linger in the memory.The acting is very good,the direction is well-handled and the film is hallucinogenic at times.All in all if you're fed up with predictable Hollywood's action trash check this one out!

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