Welcome to Shinjuku - city of darkness and corruption. Here rapid-fire shoot-outs and twisted acts of perverse violence provide the backdrop for a vicious war between the Japanese Yakuza and the Chinese Triads, and make for one of the most dizzying and spectular openings ever committed to film. Ryuichi is a gangster who is driven by a desire for power and the memory of his deprived childhood. His younger brother, Toji, has just returned from studying in the U.S. Between them, they are about to learn some harsh lessons about life on the wrong side of the law. Meanwhile, Detective Jojima finds himself drawn deeper into the world of the Yakuza as he continues to make dirty deals he hopes will help raise the money to pay for his daughter's life-saving operation.
A mediocre Yakuza movie
- Dead or Alive review by CP Customer
After an amazing five minute opening sequence, 'Dead Or Alive' quickly descends into an incredibly dull, mediocre Yakuza movie. There are a couple of Takashi Miike's trademark 'taboo shock' scenes, but even their inclusion feels forced and fairly pointless. Unless you are a hardcore fan of this type of Japanese action film then you're probably better off giving this a miss. If you're interested in checking out some of Takashi Miike's better work, give 'Ichi The Killer' or 'Audition' a try.