Dead or Alive (film)

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For the 2007 film based on the video game series, see DOA: Dead or Alive.
Dead or Alive
Dead-or-alive-1999-poster.jpg
Japanese film poster
Directed by Takashi Miike
Produced by
  • Makoto Okada
  • Katsumi Ono
  • Toshiki Kimura[1][2]
Screenplay by Ichiro Ryu
Starring
Music by Kōji Endō[1]
Cinematography Hideo Yamamoto[1]
Edited by Yasushi Shimamura[1]
Production
companies
Distributed by Daiei Film[1]
Release dates
  • November 27, 1999 (1999-11-27) (Japan)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Japan[2]

Dead or Alive (DEAD OR ALIVE:犯罪者 Deddo oa araibu: Hanzaisha?), abbreviated as DOA (Dii ō ei), is a 1999 Japanese yakuza action film directed by Takashi Miike. It stars Riki Takeuchi, as the Chinese Triad boss and former yakuza Ryūichi, and Show Aikawa, as the Japanese cop Detective Jojima, and focuses on their meeting and conflict. It is the first in a three-part series, followed by Dead or Alive 2: Birds in 2000 and Dead or Alive: Final in 2002.

Synopsis[edit]

Ryūichi and his small gang of triads vie for control of the Japanese underworld in a crime-ridden Shinjuku quarter, while Detective Jojima tries to bring it down. Jojima attempts to start a gang war between the Triad and Yakuza. Ryūichi and Jojima meet in a chaotic showdown.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Dead or Alive was shown at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 1999.[3] The film received a theatrical release in Japan on November 27, 1999.[1]

Aftermath and influence[edit]

The Dead or Alive films are not connected in any apparent way except by director Takashi Miike and stars Riki Takeuchi and Show Aikawa. In the first film, they play yakuza and cop, respectively. Dead or Alive is notable for Takashi Miike's characteristic scenes of ultra-violence and perversity, which come casually littered throughout.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Mes 2006, p. 391.
  2. ^ a b Rooney, David (March 5, 2000). "Review: ‘Dead or Alive’". Variety. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Line Up". Tokyo International Film Festival. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 

References[edit]

  • Mes, Tom (2006). Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike. FAB Press. ISBN 1903254418. 

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