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Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha

Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (1999)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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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.

May 27, 2003

Kino International

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (10) | DVD (8)

Audacious yakuza thriller.

October 13, 2002
New York Post
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A soulless compilation of thrills.

March 11, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Ultimately a disappointment because it refuses to take any aspect of itself seriously.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This is no-holds-barred filmmaking.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

May 4, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Miike['s]...problem seems to be...that the construction of the rest of the movie hinges only by the effects they elicit.

February 21, 2004 Full Review Source:

...more dull than even the most self-indulgent Merchant/Ivory production...

November 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A trashy work of so-called art.

June 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Dead or Alive isn't for anyone who can't take the gruesome stuff...

May 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Mars Colony
Mars Colony

The less you know about a Takashi Miike film before you see it, the better the experience will be.

April 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Plays much more like an afterthought on wickedness than an actual essay on the topic.

March 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

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.

March 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Dead or Alive is stylized crime cinema not only at its finest but at its most disgusting and refreshing.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Director Takashi Miike finds an odd sense of ungallant destiny residing within his archetypal characters.

January 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Yeah, Yeah, It's Gross, But Is It Good? For its sheer inventiveness and audacity, yes.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: IFilm

While the whole is diverting, the ending's utter repudiation of reality seems like pissing on the audience.

November 15, 2001
New Times

Miike is now finally ready to blow a hole the size of a sumo wrestler in American movie theaters.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Miike's strenuously exploitative style is almost completely devoid of humor, and ultimately exhausting.

September 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.
May 27, 2009
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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.
October 30, 2008
Bruce Bruce

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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.
October 7, 2008

Super Reviewer

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.
June 8, 2008

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