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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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mafia | detective | yakuza | taiwan | massacre | See more »

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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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dogs and tubs
23 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Watch out, this one is not for the squeamish AND those without a sense of humour. The first five minutes are the biggest roller coaster ride I've experienced in a long, long while and left me breathless. What follows is a mix of heroic bloodshed, Yakuza-flics and manga in the flesh. The ending left me laughing way into my eighth drink. Not as creepy as his Audition, but way more fun.


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