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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: Birds See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When is a sequel not really a sequel? When it's directed by the amazing Takashi Miike!
3 May 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Boy, that Miike never makes the same movie twice! An amazingly prolific (40-50 movies and counting!) and innovative director, he continues to surprise with this, his sequel to his love-it-or-hate-it 'Dead Or Alive'. The first surprise is despite the title it has absolutely no relation to the first movie, so each can be viewed completely independently of the other. It does feature the same two main actors (Show Aikawa and Riki Takeuchi), but they are playing totally different characters. The second surprise is the movie itself, which is not only vastly different from 'Dead Or Alive', but is pretty freakin' far out in itself! But this is Miike World, and if you are even vaguely familiar with his work you know to expect the unexpected! I must admit my first viewing of 'Dead Or Alive' threw me for a loop, and I found it very difficult to come to terms with it. But a subsequent viewing and seeing 'City Of The Lost Souls' has got me more into Miike's groove, and I think helped prepare me for whatever was in store. Aikawa and Takeuchi play hitmen who grew up together as orphans. Not having seen each other since childhood they don't realise that their lives have taken similar paths until they are both hired to kill the same person. The consequence of that hit is that they both end up on the run, caught between the Yakuza and the Triads, and independently return to their childhood home, where they rekindle their friendship. After an idyllic catching up period (a section of the movie which gets it compared to Beat Takeshi's 'Sonantine', a movie it only superficially resembles), the two decide to combine forces and use their earnings as assassins for hire to help starving and sick children worldwide(!). Now this is just the half of it! To attempt to describe 'Dead Or Alive 2' is a waste of time, it has to be seen to believed! All I can say is whatever you think of Miike he is a true original and is currently doing things that NOBODY else anywhere is doing. He just doesn't play by the same set of rules as everybody else. Now sometimes this means the results aren't exactly to my taste, but I still respect him for trying to be innovative and unpredictable, and whether he succeeds or fails, I recommend his movies wholeheartedly. 'Dead Or Alive 2' is a pretty good jumping on point for beginners (His modern horror classic 'Audition' is his most satisfying movie, but much more conventional than most of his work, so hardly representative). P.S. I loved 'Tetsuo' director Shinya Tsukamoto's cameo as an eccentric magician in the opening scenes!


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