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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Credited cast:
Riki Takeuchi ...
Shô Aikawa ...
Det. Jojima
Renji Ishibashi ...
Hitoshi Ozawa ...
Shingo Tsurumi ...
Kaoru Sugita ...
Mrs. Jojima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dankan ...
Hirotarô Honda
Michisuke Kashiwaya ...
Mizuho Koga
Ryûshi Mizukami
Tokitoshi Shiota ...
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Man running along rails
Susumu Terajima ...
Hua Rong Weng


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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In the Miike Of Time
17 October 2003 | by (Clarksville, IN) – See all my reviews

What a different Yakuza film. I don't care what anyone says. takashi Miike is a new force to be reckoned with. This is an in your face movie if I ever did see one. The opening five minutes lets you know that there is NO safe haven here at all. Not to mention you will NOT want to be eating spaghetti while watching it. Just take my word for it. Eat your dinner after you watch this film. The movie plays as a typical Yakuza film until the very end and then it switches to "what the heck just happened her?". That is why you must also see Dead or Alive 2 and Dead or Alive 3:Final to get the gist of it. Also recommended are Takashi Miike's Fudoh The New Generation, Ichi The Killer, and City Of Lost Souls.

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