Monday, January 11, 2016
DEAD OR ALIVE (1999)
Riki Takeuchi is a small time Chinese thug operating in Tokyo. Along the way he manages to piss off local yakuza boss (Renji Ishashi) and crooked police officer (Sho Aikawa).
...but there is more to the film than just that. Exceptional editing, a brutal kiddie pool scene that looks like the cover to a goregrind album, strong acting, the two main characters (who hate each others guts) introducing the film together before the opening credits, a knife-throwing act with nearly naked dudes, dog sex. It's not the greatest Miike yakuza film ever, but it's a solid one that's entertaining from beginning to end. And speaking of the ending: holy shit. That was one of the best endings to a low budget film I've ever seen. I sat there stunned for a few seconds, giggled, then watched it again 4 more times. Brilliant! Also make sure to watch the alternate ending to YAKUZA DEMON for a joke based on this ending.
Part 2 - Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000)
Part 3 - Dead or Alive: Final (2002)