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Dead or Alive (1999)

Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (original title)
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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.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Ichiro Ryu

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Cast

Credited cast:
Riki Takeuchi ... Ryuuichi
Shô Aikawa ... Det. Jojima
Renji Ishibashi ... Aoki
Hitoshi Ozawa Hitoshi Ozawa ... Satake
Shingo Tsurumi ... Chen
Kaoru Sugita Kaoru Sugita ... Mrs. Jojima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duncan Duncan ... Tanaka (as Dankan)
Shû Ehara Shû Ehara ... Rapist in restroom
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Police Chief
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda
Michisuke Kashiwaya Michisuke Kashiwaya ... Toji
Kazuki Kitamura
Mizuho Koga Mizuho Koga
Ryûshi Mizukami Ryûshi Mizukami
Ren Osugi ... Yan (as Ren Ôsugi)
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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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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

27 November 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead or Alive See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,783, 10 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,841, 1 December 2002
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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dogs and tubs
23 February 2000 | by tom nealSee all my reviews

Watch out, this one is not for the squeamish AND those without a sense of humour. The first five minutes are the biggest roller coaster ride I've experienced in a long, long while and left me breathless. What follows is a mix of heroic bloodshed, Yakuza-flics and manga in the flesh. The ending left me laughing way into my eighth drink. Not as creepy as his Audition, but way more fun.


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