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Dead or Alive: Final (2002)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 12 January 2002 (Japan)
The ace cop of a totalitarian police force and a drifting android play their parts in a post-apocalyptic society. They are destined to fight. Their encounter will change them forever.


Takashi Miike




Credited cast:
Show Aikawa ... Ryô (as Shô Aikawa)
Maria Chen Maria Chen ... Michelle
Richard Chen Richard Chen ... Dictator Woo
Jason Chu ... Prisoner
William Wai-Lun Duen ... Gangster (as William Duan)
Hiro Hayama ... (as Hiroyoshi Komuro)
Josie Ho ... Jun
Tony Ho ... Ping
Ken Lo ... Gangster (as Kenneth Low)
Rachel Ngan ... Pregnant Woman
Riki Takeuchi ... Officer Takeshi Honda
Don Thai Theerathada ... Don (as Donald Panutat)
Terence Yin ... Fong


Set in a post apocalyptic Yokohama where the population is kept under rigid control by a half crazed mayor, Riki Takeuchi is a hard boiled cop and Show Aikawa a mellowed out drifter that hooks up with a gang of rebels. When the gang kidnap Takeuchi's son, the wheels are set in motion that leads to an inevitable showdown. Written by Simon Booth

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More reflective than usual for Takashi
13 November 2002 | by paulduaneSee all my reviews

This was a surprise - I was expecting something along the lines of the original DOA, not having seen any of the sequels. What you actually get is a slowish, rather beautiful, enigmatic science fiction film, rather like a Philip K Dick novel in that its central themes are love and the problem of how to be human in a mechanical world.

The film borrows the notion of 'replicants' from Blade Runner (I can't remember if they were called that in PKD's source novel) but takes the idea further than that highly over-rated film, bringing us characters who don't realise that they're replicants battling replicants who are becoming human, ending with a strange metal-morphosis straight out of 'Tetsuo'. The story moves along smoothly but never really kicks into high gear. We're in 2346, in Yokohama, where the gay Mayor Wu has made the consumption of a birth control drug that destroys love a compulsory act. Babies born due to defiance of the law are destoyed, Herod-style. Riki Takeuchi (who is getting a bit porky these days!) is Wu's enforcer.

Puzzlingly, he has a small son. He goes into action against some revolutionaries and has all of his most cherished illusions destroyed...

Visually, the film is quite lovely, even though it seems to have been made (as per usual with Takashi) very speedily. It also seems to have been shot on some kind of video process, which doesn't hold up well on the big screen but won't bother anybody watching it at home.

The ending is unfathomable even by Takashi's standards, and rather abrupt. Still, there's nobody else like him...

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Hong Kong, China


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