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Dead or Alive (1999)

Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (original title)
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:
Duncan ...
Tanaka (as Dankan)
Hirotarô Honda
Michisuke Kashiwaya ...
Toji
Mizuho Koga
Ryûshi Mizukami
Manzô Shinra ...
Addict
Tokitoshi Shiota ...
Sakurai
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Man running along rails
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.


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)  »

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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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Did You Know?

Quotes

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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Connections

Edited into Dead or Alive: Final (2002) See more »

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Quintessential Takashi Miike
9 July 2004 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Every movie made by Miike is a completely new experience. Forget everything you have ever learned and thought about him and start all over.

Each and everyone will move the earth beneath you. It's a visual experience and very demanding on your soul. Miike tries to step over the line with every new movie.

The intro is one of the worst/best I have ever seen so far in my life. It's like life on speed! Then the movie moves into attitude, action, violence and some taboos! No other director would use as much kinky stuff as Miike does in this movie. So, if you can't stand scat and animal sex, beware!!!

Riki Takeuchi is one true great actor. He is perfect for his role. Mean and nasty and a borderline psychopath. Great Fun if you love Miike!


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