After survivng his own execution, Tenshu choses to be subjected to the bizarre experiments of the prison officials.

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Hideo Sakaki ...
Ryô ...
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Shun Sugata ...
Matsuda
Erika Oda ...
Misako Hara
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Zeros
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Kojima
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 ...
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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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When Takutake shoots Zeros after he is defeated, you can clearly hear the sound of a shell casing of a pistol hitting the ground. As Takutake is using a revolver, which does not eject spent shells after each shot, this would make no sense. See more »

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OK idea with deadly pacing
15 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really tried to like this movie but in the end it just didn't work for me. I have seen most of Kitamura's output and have found it to be very variable. Alive, like all of his films has an interesting plot, some nifty sequences and a fair amount of creativity. However, these qualities are in painfully short supply in Alive. The plot is cool if not all that original and could have made for a pretty ace film. Unfortunately, the pacing is painfully slow and the film takes an age to get going, before reaching fairly predictable places. The action is just about passable, with the final fight pretty cool, and the earlier one about OK. The earlier one is also marred by overspeedy camera-work, making for less coherency. There are some neat visual effects and some interesting ideas floating around in the dialogue but the film still drags badly. The characters are neither well fleshed out nor well acted and the setting and general color scheme is drab and boring. The film is not completely terrible and has some points of interest, perhaps judicious use of the fast forward button could improve it. With about twenty minutes taken off the run time this could be a pretty decent sci fi thriller. But the full length film is dull. Only recommended to very patient and determined Kitumura fans.


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