Dead or Alive: Final

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A drug lord orders a policeman (Riki Takeuchi) to crush a rebel guerrilla (Terence Yin), which leaves the latter's girlfriend looking for revenge.

Cast & Crew

Riki Takeuchi
Officer Takeshi Honda
Ken Lo
Gangster
Jason Chu
Prisoner
Rachel Ngan
Pregnant Woman
Osamu Saka
Genra
Voice
Yoshinobu Kamo
Writer
Toshiki Kimura
Associate Producer
Mitsuru Kurosawa
Executive Producer
Yoshihiro Masuda
Producer
Kôji Endo
Composer
Kazunari Tanaka
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Critic Reviews for Dead or Alive: Final

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (7)

  • Alternating between facetious comic parody and pulp melodrama, this smart-aleck movie ... tosses around some intriguing questions about the difference between human and android life.

    November 29, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • Plods along, minus the twisted humor and eye-popping visuals that have made Miike ... a cult hero.

    November 29, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • Scene-by-scene, things happen, but you'd be hard-pressed to say what or why.

    November 26, 2002
  • Miike directs a movie that pins the Chinese against the Japanese, although this time the concept is presented in a completely different fashion, mainly because the main language in the story is Cantonese, and only the two protagonists speak Japanese

    December 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Final is a fitting capper to the trilogy

    November 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • a disappointing lo-fi sci-fi closer to an excellent trilogy - even if its climactic sequence is one of Miike's ballsiest.

    June 12, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead or Alive: Final

  • Oct 07, 2008
    OK, this doesn't compare to the explosive tempo of the first part's opening sequence; nor to its visual shock value; nor, for that matter, to the melancholic suspense of the second installment. No, it's surprisingly and refreshingly different (apart, of course, from the two main actors). The tongue-in-cheek futuristic scenario drives the characters towards each other across genres and languages with an almost gravitational force. The moment of impact-conclusion is your choice of: a)Shakespearean metaphor of life and humanity in a cartoon costume; b)sublimation of violence into homo-erotics; c)humorous detonation of an impossible buildup. Everything up to then is even less unequivocal. Highly recommended to indiscriminate movie buffs who don't mind following foie gras with a hot dog; caution to those with more refined palates.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2008
    While not as fast-moving as earlier Miike thrillers like Shinjuku Triad Society, Dead or Alive: Final does pick up the pace from its two predecessors, and replaces the brutal violence of the first with some exciting martial arts/gunplay. There's a confusing climatic attempt to draw all three movies together, plus some pretty cool mecha-violence complete with a jaundiced skyline. Overall, a nice finish to an insane trilogy. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=dead_or_alive_final_xl_02--film-C.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/dead_or_alive_final_xl_02--film-C.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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  • Mar 01, 2008
    A lot better from what i was expecting, considering that must people don't give a lot of credit to this one. It's a nice spoof of sci/fi concepts. A fit ending to a very unique trilogy.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2007
    The film unfolds in post-apocalyptic Yokohama, 2364, and the future looks just like, well... present day! Must I excuse Miike's low budget for his extensive, prolific filmography? That's the question. To say that this is not Miike's style would be misleading, since he has around 10 different direction styles. The slow pace and the spoofs of sci-fi concepts actually help to enhance the post-apocalyptic atmosphere, and the yellow color is not as annoying as one would expect, but not even the funny Tetsuo reference in the final fight scene made of this a sufficiently strong guilty pleasure. 74/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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