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Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000)

Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 2 December 2000 (Japan)
Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Masa Nakamura
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shô Aikawa ... Mizuki Okamoto (as Show Aikawa)
Riki Takeuchi ... Shûichi Sawada
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noriko Aota ... Chieko
Edison Chen ... Boo
Genta Dairaku Genta Dairaku ... Chinese Gangster
Ken'ichi Endô ... Kôhei
Hiroko Isayama Hiroko Isayama ... Woman in black hat
Masato Masato ... Hoo
Yûichi Minato Yûichi Minato ... Head of orphanage
Ren Osugi ... Mizuki's stepfather (as Ren Ôsugi)
Manzô Shinra Manzô Shinra ... Big bro.Toshi
Tomorô Taguchi ... Man with telescope
Teah Teah ... Woo
Tôru Tezuka Tôru Tezuka ... Teru, informant
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Magician Higashino
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Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to team up and use their talents in killing for good... much to the upset of the crime syndicates. Written by Danny Leary

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 December 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead or Alive 2: Runaway See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quite different venture from Miike
9 April 2006 | by scobbahSee all my reviews

Dead Or Alive 2 isn't the regular sequel one might expect it to be. Remember, we're dealing with Miike here-and-frankly, this is so weird that it's hard to really claim it to be a sequel at all. The two main characters from the first piece are being kept here and they both make a great performance here.

The story itself is being brought to life by two contract killers who happen to stumble on each other, who turn out to be friends from childhood. Miike ventures into a quite different visual plot, following both the actual Yakuza violence taking place in Tokyo whilst the story's two protagonists are residing on an island in the countryside where they were brought up. I guess I have to see it one more time to really make up my mind about things, but the first impression was neat, as always with Miike. The landscapes and views being exposed in this film is simply amazing and while the thrills of violence aren't numbering as much as in its prequel, there's a good weight put here to comedy and humor instead. Thumbs up. Can't wait to see the final in the trilogy.


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