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

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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Riki Takeuchi ...
Ryuuichi
Shô Aikawa ...
Det. Jojima
Renji Ishibashi ...
Aoki
Hitoshi Ozawa ...
Satake
Shingo Tsurumi ...
Chen
Kaoru Sugita ...
Mrs. Jojima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dankan ...
Tanaka
Hirotarô Honda
Michisuke Kashiwaya ...
Toji
Mizuho Koga
Ryûshi Mizukami
Ren Ohsugi ...
Yan
Tokitoshi Shiota ...
Sakurai
Tomorowo Taguchi
Susumu Terajima ...
Inoue
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Storyline

Without a home and feeling no obligation to Japanese society or Yakuza, Ryuichi (Takeuchi Riki) and his small group decide to make their own place by trying to take over the Shinjuku underworld and the drug trade from Taiwan. As they plan an all-out-assault on the remaining Chinese and Japanese mafia kings, only Detective Jojima (Aikawa Sho) stands between them and complete domination. Written by anonymous

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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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,841 (USA) (27 November 2002)
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MasterPiece!
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No one else but Miike could have made this movie. It has one of the most furious openings ever filmed (and c-c-cut) that leaves you completely breathless, then develops into a serious tale about a small group of gangsters fighting their way up the ladder, and a cop trying to squeeze the yakuza hard enough so he can get a big enough bribe to buy his daughter a heart surgery, and ends in the most insane-ending of all time! It shouldn't work, but it does on SO many levels! All Hail Miike!

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