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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) | 3 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 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alive - Der Tod ist die bessere Alternative See more »

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Suplex, napalm FiLMS See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

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

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Comic is way better
20 April 2004 | by thurdSee all my reviews

The movie is based on a manga series created by Tutomu Takahashi and as usual in such cases 'the book was better'. I haven't enjoyed the movie at all, despite its unusual atmosphere, it is just too long. A good film consists of many elements and one of them is right pace, which this film is lacking. What struck me the most was decreasing quality of the special effects, as if they spent most of the money in the beginning and then tried to do the ending with whatever was left. Ah I forgot to mention the 'mutant from space' character, which was omitted in the comic book, that gave the final scenes a 'Dragon Ball' feel and only distorted the depth of the comic ending.


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