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
Japanese film poster
Directed by Takashi Miike
Produced by Mitsuru Kurosawa
Written by Ichiro Ryu
Starring Riki Takeuchi
Show Aikawa
Renji Ishibashi
Music by Kōji Endō
Cinematography Hideo Yamamoto
Edited by Yasushi Shimamura
Distributed by Daiei
Release dates
Japan November 27, 1999
United States June 8, 2001
Running time
105 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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.


Ryūichi and his small gang of Triad 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.



Dead or Alive was shown at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 1999.[1]

Dead or Alive series[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.


  1. ^ "Line Up". Tokyo International Film Festival. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 

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