• Film

Dead or Alive


Time Out says

Handed a tedious script about a turf war in Shinjuku's Kabuki-cho entertainment district (a maverick Chinese gang pulls a robbery which upsets organised crime; a care-worn cop lumbers towards a showdown with the troublemakers), Miike threw away half of it and used the rest as a springboard to amazing inventions. The exposition scenes are boiled down to an entire reel of 'abstract' action - a cataclysmic restaurant ambush, a gay man killed while sodomising a kid, the world's longest line of coke, a homo-erotic knife-throwing act in a girlie bar - while the unrevealable ending is turned into the ultimate blast. In between, Miike offers a series of electrifyingly sad vignettes of death, failure and loss, including what must be the most disturbing stoned murder scene the genre has ever known. A future classic.

Release Details

  • Duration:105 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Takashi Miike
  • Screenwriter:Ichiro Ryu
  • Cast:
    • Riki Takeuchi
    • Sho Aikawa
    • Renji Ishibashi
    • Hitoshi Ozawa
    • Susumu Terajima
    • Ren Osugi
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