Alive (2002 film)

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Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
Produced by Taizō Fukumaki
Written by Manga:
Tsutomu Takahashi
Ryuhei Kitamura
Yūdai Yamaguchi
Isao Kiriyama
Starring Hideo Sakaki
Tak Sakaguchi
Music by Nobuhiko Morino
Daisuke Yano
Distributed by The Klock Worx Company Ltd.
Release dates September 12, 2002
Running time 119 min.
Language Japanese

Alive is a 2002 Japanese action film[1] directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. It is based on the manga ALIVE (published in 1999; Shueisha) by Tsutomu Takahashi and stars Hideo Sakaki as the protagonist, Tenshu. 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 chooses 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.

Hideo Sakaki, who portrayed the villain in Kitamura's previous film, Versus, now plays the hero in this film. Likewise Tak Sakaguchi who was the hero in Versus returns in this film as the villain. This film, which is broken into titled chapters, titles the scene in which the two characters battle as "VERSUS".

Eight other cast members from Versus also appeared in this movie.



  1. ^ Seibert, Perry. "Alive". Allmovie. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 

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