Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (1999)



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Movie Info

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.


Critic Reviews for Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

Audacious yakuza thriller.

October 13, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4
New York Post
Top Critic

A soulless compilation of thrills.

March 11, 2002 | Rating: 1/5
New York Times
Top Critic

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…
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Ultimately a disappointment because it refuses to take any aspect of itself seriously.

October 19, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is no-holds-barred filmmaking.

September 7, 2001 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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…
East Bay Express

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.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
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.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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