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Alive (2002)

After survivng his own execution, Tenshu choses to be subjected to the bizarre experiments of the prison officials.

Director:

Ryûhei Kitamura

Writers:

Tsutomu Takahashi (comic book), Ryûhei Kitamura (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki ... Tenshu Yashiro
Ryô ... Yurika Saegusa
Koyuki ... Asuka Saegusa
Shun Sugata ... Matsuda
Erika Oda Erika Oda ... Misako Hara
Tak Sakaguchi ... Zeros
Jun Kunimura ... Kojima
Ryûshi Mizukami Ryûshi Mizukami ... Warden 1
Keita Kimura Keita Kimura ... Warden 2
Minoru Aoki Minoru Aoki ... Warden 3
Yoji Tanaka Yoji Tanaka ... Hair Cut Guard (as Boba)
Takanori Hamachika Takanori Hamachika ... Guard 1
Makato Kitami Makato Kitami ... Guard 2
Seki Watanabe Seki Watanabe ... Guard 3
Suenari Matsubara Suenari Matsubara ... Guard 4
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Storyline

Tenshu is imprisoned and sentenced to death for murdering the men who raped his girlfriend. However, he manages to survive his execution and is presented with an option: face another execution attempt or subject himself to their bizarre and dangerous experiments. He choses the latter and is put in a cell with a rapist and a woman who's infected with a taint that transports from person to person during extreme anger. The taint is transferred to Tenshu and he must now deal with the military who has interrupted the experiment to obtain it. Written by songmaster2005

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A life worse than death.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Goofs

When Takutake shoots Zeros after he is defeated, you can clearly hear the sound of a shell casing of a pistol hitting the ground. As Takutake is using a revolver, which does not eject spent shells after each shot, this would make no sense. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (2004) See more »

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It definitely better than the source material but.........
24 May 2019 | by phanthingaSee all my reviews

When I watch Alive (2002) for the first time a couple of years ago I thought the movie was fine despite that it a huge step down compare to the bombastic mess of violence and gore of Versus (2000) but now after reading the manga version which is very short and underwhelming I decided to give the movie another chance and my impression on the story and character still pretty much the same but with many new layer of respect for director Ryuhei Kitamura. Like I said before because the manga was not that good to begin with and when I watch The Making of Alive (2002) for free on Youtube and know the reason why this movie even exists in the first place is because how much the director love the ending of the manga so he makes a whole movie to accompany that ending is flat out insane and kind of inspiring. It a real challenge for the film crew to make this movie as entertaining as possible and I think with the Matrix action scenes and a rematch between Hideo Sakaki and Tak Sakaguchi definitely fill the bill although the movie still suffers greatly from the unnecessary long runtime and the pacing.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ALIVE アライヴ See more »

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1.85 : 1
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