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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Detective Jojima: My father was a small-village cop in a town where nothing ever happened. He just hung around like a scarecrow, until he died. But like they say - even a scarecrow keeps away the sparrows.
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Hypnotically Bizarre, Insane, Sick and Violent
19 June 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Japan, after a massacre of Japanese and Chinese gangsters, the tough and persistent Detective Jojima (Sho Aikawa) is in charge of the investigations, while dealing with a personal family problem. His daughter needs to be submitted to a surgery and he needs to raise twenty millions yens urgently. He finds that the Chinese descendant Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) has associated to a Taiwanese drug dealer and is eliminating the competition. In the end, their confrontation becomes a personal issue for both.

"Dead or Alive: Hanzaicha" is a hypnotically bizarre, insane, sick and violent police story. The fast paced beginning is absolutely crazy, like a video-clip of unexplained violence. Takeshi Miike does not develop well the characters, with the exception of the ambiguous Jojima and the ambitious Ryuichi. He intends to shock the audiences with repulsive scenes, like for example the anal sex with a homosexual and with a dog, almost explicit oral sex, abusive use of drugs, perversions, sadism, drowning in feces and blood shed. The result of this madness is like a modern western-spaghetti, with the death of all characters. I liked this film, but it is only recommended for very specific audiences. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Morrer ou Viver" ("To Die or To Live")


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