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DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure  |  15 September 2006 (UK)
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The movie adaptation of the best selling video game series Dead or Alive.

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A number of fighters are invited to DOA, an invitational martial arts contest. They travel to the tournament island by plane, until they have to jump out mid-flight with parachutes, and then have until sundown to reach the main island to be entered into the tournament. Fighters are then pooled against one another in a knock-out style tournament, with the loser of a battle sent home, and the winner progressing to the subsequent round. The plot revolves around four female fighters who begin as rivals, but subsequently find themselves teaming up against another force. Written by Wikipedia

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The world's deadliest assassins will enter. Only the best will survive. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for pervasive martial arts and action violence, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

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$260,713 (USA) (15 June 2007)

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$480,314 (USA) (29 June 2007)
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Milo Ventimiglia was originally supposed to be Weatherby but dropped out because he didn't like the way the character was developed. He appeared in Stay Alive (2006) instead, another video game movie. See more »

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The shoes on Christie's final showdown outfit (black tunic, black shoes) keep changing. "Officially" she is shown wearing pointy-toed black sling-backs with a kitten heel but throughout the entire final sequence, those alternate between this style and simple black ballet flats. When she is released out of the harvest pod, she is even seen barefoot, then seconds later, she's wearing a version of the black shoes again. See more »

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[first lines]
Ryu Hayabusa: Princess Kasumi, your brother is dead. Your destiny is to lead your people.
Kasumi: I will not believe he is dead, until I see his body.
Ryu Hayabusa: There is no body.
Kasumi: Then he is not dead.
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Featured in The Spoony Experiment: D.O.A: Dead or Alive (2011) See more »

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Written by Paul Oakenfold, Ian Green and Ryan Tedder
Performed by Paul Oakenfold (as Oakenfold) (featuring Ryan Tedder)
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company, Perfecto Records and EMI Music France
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Teenage boys are going to love it
17 August 2006 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

I love martial arts movies and in particular Cory Yuen films. No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers is a favourite. Having previously done great work with Jason Statham in The Transporter I had pretty high hopes. But I had reservations - this was a starring role for Holly Valance after all.

It wasn't everything I hoped it would be. Compared to the raw energy of Crank, DOA was committee film-making as usual. Colourful and featuring plentiful (reasonable) action DOA is only interesting in the opportunities it presents to draw comparison to others.

Borrowing stylistic and casting ideas from Charlie's Angels and Kill Bill, DOA is essentially Mortal Kombat and Streetfighter combined. Drawing parallels to Enter the Dragon too, there is nothing original or inventive.

Kane Kosugi benefits most from the choreography. He has a sequence on a flight of stairs which is brilliant and brutal - very similar to his scenes in his Japanese breakthrough vehicle Blood Heat. Elsewhere, while the film sexes up the concept of the tournament/video game movie, it's fatal flaw is that it's heroines don't convince. In Charlie's Angels they did.

Cory is notable for doing more than his share of fighting femme movies back in Hong Kong, including the recent So Close, but none are classic. DOA should have featured support from the likes of Cynthia Rothrock and Michelle Yeoh rather than Eric Roberts and Robin Shou. The girls are pure eye candy. Only Pressley comes close to credibility - because she has an impressive physique and attitude. Holly flutters her eyes at Coronation Street's Matthew Marsden while forcing an English accent. Devon Aoki lacks charisma.

The incorporation of the video game elements such as the character intros, K.O. freeze frames etc works really well and the costume design and production design brings the game to life brilliantly. You believe in the exaggerated world and that is key. But ultimately this is little more than a time waster.

A decent popcorn movie but nothing new for action fans.


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