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DOA: Dead or Alive (2006) Poster

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According to Holly Valance, about 40 bikinis were ruined while making this film.
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Holly Valance's first major role in a film.
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In the video game, Christie has white hair; in the film she has blonde hair.
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During the first fight scenes the screen layout and voice announcer are lifted straight from the game.
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Originally, Christie appeared topless while getting out of the shower and then fully nude in the hotel room fight. This was censored in post-production to secure a PG-13 rating. The uncensored footage can be seen in the deleted scenes.
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The Christie / Helene rain fight took two weeks to film.
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Kasumi and Gen Fu has a brief fight with where Kasumi paralyzes Gen Fu, but the scene was left out of the film. It is featured among the deleted scenes on the DVD.
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There were sequels being planned but was cancelled.
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Milo Ventimiglia was originally supposed to be Weatherby but dropped out because he didn't like the way the character was developed. He appeared in Stay Alive (2006) instead, another video game movie.
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Robin Shou makes a cameo as a pirate. Robin Shou played Liu Kang in the 1995 film Mortal Kombat (1995) and it's sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), based on the video game created by Ed Boon.
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The volleyball scene is a reference to the DOA spin-off Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (2003) and the ball used is an exact replica of the in-game ball.
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In the video games, Hayate and Ayane are half-siblings, in the film, they're romantic involved.
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Jaime Pressly trained in both Boxing and Kickboxing and Holly Valance trained in Muay Thai.
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The first western movie to be filmed in Hengdian.
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The whole film crew spoke only Chinese, except for the first AD and the second unit DP, as they translated to the cast the whole day.
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The female stars trained four months before they went to China for filming.
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Eliot (the fighter faced by Ryu Hayabusa) is the only fighter introduced in Dead or Alive 4 (2005) to make an appearance in the film. In the games, Eliot is a young boy with blond hair from Britain. In the film, he is an Asian man.
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Natassia Malthe underwent "weeks of martial arts training in China" for the film.
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Jaime Pressly revealed in a interview with Rottom Tomatoes that she had joined the production because of director Corey Yuen ("one of the number one action and martial arts directors in the world"), but the experience was hampered by language barriers between the cast and crew, and the script deviating from the game series' storyline. "A lot of bad stuff came up and happened, [and] it just didn't turn out the way that it should have." The finished film was not screened for critics, and she was only able to view it through an acquaintance of her My Name is Earl costar Jason Lee.
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Based on a popular fighting game series of the same name "Dead or Alive" or "DOA"
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WILHELM SCREAM: (at around 41 mins) As Hayabusa kicks a guards off a balcony.
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(at around 1h 9 mins) During Weatherby hacking, code quickly flashes. The scrolling code is a Linux source code essential for running Linux on the DEC/Compaq Alpha processor.
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Jeremy Bolt called the movie a cross between Charlie's Angels (2000) and Enter the Dragon (1973).
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The movie is an adaptation of the second game Dead or Alive 2 (2000).
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As with most characters in the film, Kasumi's personality was changed to be cold and stern, as opposed to her more open and compassionate nature in the games.
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Silvio Simac's portrayal has been praised by fans of the games who stated that he portrayed Leon exactly as they wanted.
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Natassia Malthe wore a purple wig for Ayane. In real life, her hair is dark brown.
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Ryu's attack on the base is a possible reference to the Ninja Gaiden series, in which Ryu also stars in. However, Hayabusa fights with the Dragon Sword in the Ninja Gaiden games, while in the movie he fights hand-to-hand.
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Sarah Carter and Holly Valance have both appeared in Entourage (2004).
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Lisa Hamilton, Kokoro, Bankotsubo and Raidou are only a few of the original Dead or Alive cast mates that didn't make it into the movie, while two new characters were made just for the movie: Max, who helps Christie on her mission to steal the money and Weatherby, who acts as a love interest for Helena.
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Ayane's appearance in the film differs from the games. The differences:
  • Her eyes were brown, rather than red.
  • Her bangs were styled differently, to the sides rather than covering her forehead.
  • Her trademark ribbon was switched out for a rope like accessory.
  • Her race was changed (from Japanese to half Norwegian-Filipino, and she looks much more Norwegian than Filipino).
  • Her actress was 32 years old, and, obviously, looks much older than Ayane is said to be.
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Tomonobu Itagaki said in a interview that he wanted Aya Ueto as Ayane and Kumiko Goto as Kasumi.
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During the first fight scenes, the big-screen layout and voice announcer are lifted straight from the Dead or Alive series.
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Hitomi is seen fighting Helena Douglas at the tournament in the film. In the games, Hitomi is a Japanese German woman while in the film, the character was to a Asian man but in the film, a character resembling Hitomi is seen wearing her in-game outfit of a pink headband and a denim jacket, but she had no dialogue while her personality was given to Helena Douglas.
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