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Alive (2002)

 -  Action | Drama | Horror  -  26 October 2004 (USA)
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After survivng his own execution, Tenshu choses to be subjected to the bizarre experiments of the prison officials.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideo Sakaki ...
Tenshu Yashiro
Ryô ...
Yurika Saegusa
Asuka Saegusa
Shun Sugata ...
Erika Oda ...
Misako Hara
Tak Sakaguchi ...
Jun Kunimura ...
Ryûshi Mizukami ...
Warden 1
Keita Kimura ...
Warden 2
Minoru Aoki ...
Warden 3
Yôji Tanaka ...
Hair Cut Guard (as Boba)
Takanori Hamachika ...
Guard 1
Makato Kitami ...
Guard 2
Seki Watanabe ...
Guard 3
Suenari Matsubara ...
Guard 4


Tenshu is imprisoned and sentenced to death for murdering the men who raped his girlfriend. However, he manages to survive his execution and is presented with an option: face another execution attempt or subject himself to their bizarre and dangerous experiments. He choses the latter and is put in a cell with a rapist and a woman who's infected with a taint that transports from person to person during extreme anger. The taint is transferred to Tenshu and he must now deal with the military who has interrupted the experiment to obtain it. Written by songmaster2005

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A life worse than death.


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No, it's not Versus: It's better!
15 November 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Most complaints I've heard of this film really come down to one thing: It isn't Versus. Yes, the cast and crew is basically the same. Yes, Kitamura rehashes a few shots in the fight scenes that come in the film's second half, but that's about where the similarities end. Versus takes place essentially all outside, showcasing Kitamura's ability to craft an interesting B-movie in natural locations. For Alive, almost everything takes place inside. In small, cramped spaces. Here the art design is thrust into your face, and WHAT art design it is! We are treated to several very intricate and interesting spaces, and our characters are for the most part confined to those spaces. Also a key difference is that we don't get much action here until the end of the film. Versus was all about action and cool, here a LOT more emphasis is put on characters and situation and messing with your mind. Because of this, Alive is a far more interesting film than Versus. You may not pop it in and go to a random scene to watch five or ten minutes of cool zombie bloodshed, but you will sit glued to the screen for nearly two hours watching he interaction of a few genuinely interesting characters.

I'm now ecstatic that I ordered the DVD despite some naysay. You should too! But be sure to realize this is a different animal from Versus - it's often slow, and requires a bit of thought to get the most out of it. I hope Media Blasters picks it up for subtitled R1 DVD release!

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