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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

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Tsutomu Takahashi (comic book), Ryûhei Kitamura (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
Yôji Tanaka Yôji 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.


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

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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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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 »

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Give back 2 hours of my life please
12 June 2004 | by freshestprinceSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Kitamura Ryuhei after films like Versus and Azumi. He paints a great picture with action and flare in his movies. The movie Alive drained 2 hours of my life that I could have used wisely (putting my head down in shame). The movie starts off very slow and I mean yukkuri. When it gets down to the action I'm pretty much half a sleep and the action scenes weren't that great. No variety in environment cause it's just a jail and if I had to give credit it felt like I was in jail for watching the movie. The movie Cube pulls together better than this movie and it was probably more low budget than this. Big disappointment. All I have to say is don't watch this movie. Hope to see Aragami soon hope that's better. Peace


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