Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- The New York Ripper 1982

- Beloved Beast 2019

- The Mummy Rebirth 2019

- Fried Barry 2017

- I am the White Tiger 2018

- Exorcism of the Dead 2017

- Method of Murder 2017

- Blind 2019

- Italian Turtles 2019

- The Killing Death 2008

- Dolls 2019

- Double Face 1969

- Terror in the Skies 2019

- Hexing 2017

- Five Minute Rush 2017

- Daisy Derkins vs. the Bloodthirsty Beast of Barren Pines 2019

- Kiss Kiss 2019

- The Chair to Everywhere 2019

- The Surreal Project 2019

- The Affliction Table 2018

- Hallowed Ground 2019

- The Big Clock 1948

- Trash Arts Killers: Volume Two 2019

- Rondo 2018

- Being Without 2018

- Shed 2019

- Clinton Road 2019

- Khrustalyov, My Car! 1998

- A Record of Sweet Murder 2014

- Firstborn 2017

- Das Wundern des jungen Ulysses 2019

- The Incessant Fear of Rape 2018

- The Dragon Unleashed 2018

- Yakuza Law 1969

- Murder Made Easy 2019

- Chasing Shadows 2018

- Jumper 2019

- Bunkheads 2018

- Chase 2019

- Emily's Hands 2018

- Raiders of the Hidden Donald Trump Fetish Doll 2018

- The Grand Duel 1972

- Silencio 2018

- Room for Rent 2019

- Extra Innings 2018

- Keoma 1976

- Blood & Oil 2019

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha

Dead or Alive

Japan 1999
produced by
Makoto Okada, Katsumi Ono, Mitsuru Kurosawa (executive), Tsutomu Tsuchikawa (executive) for Daiei, Toei
directed by Takashi Miike
starring Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa, Shingo Tsurumi, Kaoru Sugita, Duncan, Hirotaro Honda, Michisuke Kashiwaya, Mizuho Koga, Ryushi Mizukami, Manzo Shinra, Tokitoshi Shiota, Tomoro Taguchi, Susumu Terajima, Hua Rong Weng, Kyosuke Yabe, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Ren Osugi
written by Ichiro Ryu, music by Koji Endo

Dead or Alive

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) is a yakuza of Chinese descent who wants to take on the local mafia with his small group of loyals - and he seems to be just the man to do it, as he's ruthless beyond breaking point, accepts that his stripper girlfriend gets dishonoured and killed, that his own brother (Michisuke Kashiwaya) turns his back on him because of his criminal conduct, and later gets killed for it even though, shoots his own associates without warning should they step out of line and the like. Plus, he's always up for violence.

Jojima (Sho Aikawa) is a police detective notorious for getting his job done - but he's on a small wage, so when his daughter gets sick and needs expensive surgery, he starts accepting bribes from the local mafia - and that gets him at odds with Ryuichi and his gang, and in the series of skirmishes that ensue, Jojima's partner (Susumu Terajima) and family are killed ... but if Jojima's one thing it's stubborn, just like Ryuichi - so a duel to the death is pretty much unavoidable ...

 

Now one has to admit Dead or Alive does have its shortcomings in the storytelling department: The epic story is just sketched out rather than told, uses a few too many shortcuts to come together as utterly coherent, and taken on pure story terms, the film is actually pretty routine genre fare ... and that all doesn't matter one bit while watching Dead or Alive unfold, as this film's just crazy in every way, it seems to tumble in free fall from one over-the-top setpiece into the next, some tragic, some dead funny, without ever standing still while its imagery is often grotesque or absurd or even parodistic, but never ceasing to keep one entertained and surprised, up to the finale that's really jaw-droppingly absurd in the best possible way.

Probably not a movie for everyone for quite a bit of excessive violence, but if that's your thing (on screen I mean), then definitely a movie for you!

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsčne Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Dead or Alive
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Dead or Alive here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Dead or Alive at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD