Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (1999)
Average Rating: 5.5/10
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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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In Tokyo's crime-infested Shinjuku quarter, a cop by the name of Jojima is drawn into criminal fraternization with the ruthless yakuza mobster Ryuichi in order to finance his daughter's operation.
Nov 27, 1999 Wide
May 27, 2003
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Audacious yakuza thriller.
The tamest image in the movie is of a terrified man, about to be blown full of holes in a restaurant kitchen, who accidentally breads and deep-fries one of his hands.
Ultimately a disappointment because it refuses to take any aspect of itself seriously.
Best of all, nobody, including actors Show Aikawa and rock star Riki Takeuchi as the cop and the criminal, takes the flick very seriously. So neither should you.
Miike['s]...problem seems to be...that the construction of the rest of the movie hinges only by the effects they elicit.
...more dull than even the most self-indulgent Merchant/Ivory production...
It becomes a work of violence, so full of rage and chaos that all the usual cinematic rules of structure and logic cease to apply.
The less you know about a Takashi Miike film before you see it, the better the experience will be.
Plays much more like an afterthought on wickedness than an actual essay on the topic.
The over-the-top finale is hilarious, but it was only then that I realized the film was supposed to be an out-and-out comedy. Maybe it's a Japanese thing, but I don't really get it.
Dead or Alive is stylized crime cinema not only at its finest but at its most disgusting and refreshing.
Director Takashi Miike finds an odd sense of ungallant destiny residing within his archetypal characters.
Yeah, Yeah, It's Gross, But Is It Good? For its sheer inventiveness and audacity, yes.
While the whole is diverting, the ending's utter repudiation of reality seems like pissing on the audience.
Miike is now finally ready to blow a hole the size of a sumo wrestler in American movie theaters.
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