DOA: Dead or Alive (2007)



Critic Consensus: With a ridiculous plot and comical acting, checking one's brain at the door is required before watching DOA: Dead or Alive.

Movie Info

Legendary Hong Kong action director and choreographer Corey Yuen brings Tecmo's best-selling video-game franchise to the big screen in a martial arts extravaganza featuring an impressive quartet of female fighters including Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter, Jaime Pressly, and Holly Valance. Tina (Pressly), Christie (Valance), Kasumi (Aoki), and Helena (Carter) are four skilled martial artists whose outwardly sexy appearances betray their true lethal natures. When the fearsome females each receive an … More

Rating: PG-13 (for pervasive martial arts and action violence, some sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: J.F. Lawton, Seth Gross, Adam Gross, Granz Henman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 4, 2007
Box Office: $0.3M
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site


as Tina Armstrong

as Princess Kasumi

as Helena Douglas

as Ryu Hayabusa

as Donovan

as Weatherby

as Bass Armstrong

as Hayate

as Gen Fu

as Lei Fang

as Chief Detective

as Butler

as Gentleman

as Pirate Leader

as Bellboy

as Nurse Jones

as Christie Allen

as Hitomi

as Brad Wong
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Critic Reviews for DOA: Dead or Alive

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (12)

If you only ever see one bad movie about warrior chicks who meet on a tropical isle for a fight contest, make it DOA: Dead or Alive.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Quantcast The plot is but an excuse for a series of elaborately choreographed fight sequences featuring a combination of digital and wire work that somehow manages to feel completely fake despite the obvious physical exertions of its well-trained cast.

June 19, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

DOA was the right title for this, acronym-bending or not.

Full Review… | June 18, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

There was a time when movies like DOA: Dead or Alive lurked sheepishly at schoolboy height on video store shelves, spines straining to accommodate the charms of their actresses.

June 18, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Charlie's Angels, Survivor, American Gladiators and Girls Gone Wild are just some of the bad influences on Hong Kong action director Corey Yuen's laughably silly adaptation of the video game DOA: Dead or Alive.

Full Review… | June 18, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

While the teen target audience may be convinced that this is exciting, the rest of us will leave the theater exhausted and with brain cells thoroughly fried.

Full Review… | June 18, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for DOA: Dead or Alive

Kevin nash was funny . . Eric Roberts was funny . .the whole movie was more fun than it shouldve been oh wait it wasnt a comedy??

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Yep this is a videogame adaptation alright, if its possible this is even more cheesy and ridiculous than 'Mortal Kombat' and 'Tekken' put together. Based on one of the more weaker 'beat em up's' which is famous for having very realistic boobs on the female fighters. I don't really know anymore as I've never really played this fighter, a poor man's 'Tekken' methinks.

The plot is...well it doesn't really matter does it, like all beat em up adaptations its purely and simply about the fights whilst the plot is meaningless poo and completely incomprehensible. The same can be said for the actual videogames of course but you play them for fun whilst making a pathetic film with bottom of the barrel actors is another inexcusable matter.

Its aimed at kids so as you can guess there is no real fighting whatsoever, its all nice and gentle with no violence or actual hitting in anyway really. I've haven't seen so much lame ass CGI and wire work for some time, couple that with hilariously bad costumes on some characters, close to the bone skimpy outfits on some female characters (that's all good), your usual exotic locations mixed with the ever popular Eastern arenas such as the bamboo forest (again) and the usual mix of cliched unoriginal fighters ('DOA' was a late entry into the beat em up world).

Its all very colourful with lots of flashing digital effects and stupid onscreen videogame type imagery just in case you forgot your watching a shitty videogame adaptation. The most unforgivable issue here though is the fact the fights are so poor and fake looking, the female cast maybe gorgeous and semi famous (Holly Valance) but they can't do the moves and they can't act like they can do the moves.

It may look pretty and shiny but this still manages to rank below most other crappy videogame films because its so dumb and vacant ('MK' and 'Tekken' had some grit at least). Had it come along earlier (like its actual videogame counterpart) then it might have fared slightly better, its still not as bad as 'Street Fighter'.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Devon Aoki's acting is more predictable than my balls in a hot-tub. this is a movie called "dead or alive: dead or alive." There is also a black guy with a green dinosaur-spike mow-hawk who thinks everybody wants to fight him or blow him. im sure theres a real world audition tape of him somewhere.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

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