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Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha (2000)

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Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shô Aikawa ...
Mizuki Okamoto (as Show Aikawa)
Riki Takeuchi ...
Shuuichi Sawada
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Noriko Aota ...
Kôhei's wife
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Boo
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Kôhei
Hiroko Isayama
Masato ...
Hoo
Yûichi Minato ...
Head of orphanage
Manzô Shinra
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Man with telescope
Teah ...
Woo
Toru Tezuka
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Magician Higashino
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
Ren Ôsugi ...
Mizuki's stepfather
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Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to team up and use their talents in killing for good... much to the upset of the crime syndicates. Written by Danny Leary

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Can he do that?
7 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Miike's fans are usually disappointed by this movie for it certainly lacks in violence and entertainment value. However it more than makes up in subtlety - it's nuanced to the point of lyricism. Who would expect that Miike can spin a tale of a quest for the lost innocence of childhood (soccer games in the rain, sharing bowls of noodles on the ferry, full turtle/lion costumes for a kindergarten play) and still sell it as a sequel to the yakuza audience? Yes, you could read it as cheesy and boring, but then again you could say the same about that other "angel" movie - 'Wings of Desire'. The two characters follow the 'given a second chance at life' path, blazing a trail of "benevolent" executions that add up to nothing. If 'DOA' is the incessant present (with its avalanche of impressions updated at a rate high above the processing limit), and 'DOA Final' is the ironic future of Malthusian power politics, then 'DOA2' is the trip in the past at an impossibly high cost.


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