Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (1999)
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.
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Critic Reviews for Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha
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.
Audience Reviews for Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha
More than just "a cool intro and a cool ending" DOA is surprisingly a very mature and well told story with interesting characters that manage to keep you engaged the whole time. Add that a whole bunch of crazy ideas from the always fertile mind of Miike, two of the coolest actors to ever walk the planet, and you have yourself a cult classic in the best sense possible.More
This one is put out by Kino Video, they have nothing but awesome movies, get there catalog. Why is it that Asian Cinema blows away US Cinema. Guess it like the cars. The shoot'em up scenes are incrediable.None compare. The whole movie is a blast. But wouldn't let the kiddies watch this one, as you would have lots of explaining to do. Their's more to fido then meets the eye, watch the movie and you will catch my drift. Its going into my Kino Collectiion.More
Watch out, this one is not for the squeamish AND those without a sense of humour. The first five minutes are the biggest roller coaster ride I've experienced in a long, long while and left me breathless. What follows is a mix of heroic bloodshed, Yakuza-flics and manga in the flesh. The ending left me laughing way into my eighth drink. Not as creepy as his Audition, but way more fun.More
This film had me completely lost, my concentration completely went and it never picked back up. I?m usually open-minded toward Takashi Miike?s content in films but this one really takes it over the line of vulgarity on at least 3 occasions.
A war between Yakusa and Triads, is pretty much all I could tell you that happened as a storyline.
The stars given, are purely because I made it to the end of the film.
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