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Dead or Alive Trilogy [Blu-ray] [2 Discs]

  • SKU: 32434636
  • Release Date: 04/11/2017
  • Rating: R
Director Takashi Miike weaves a trilogy that surpasses time and space in this action fueled crime series helmed by Shô Aikawa and Riki Takeuchi. The two main characters meet time and again: as yakuza and cop, android and human, and rival assassins. Blu-ray discs include special edition contents and bonus features.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features


    • Archive interviews with cast and crew
    • Archive making-of featurettes for DOA2: Birds and DOA: Final
    • New audio commentary for Dead or Alive by Miike biographer Tom Mes
    • New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi
    • New interview with actor Show Aikawa
    • New interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura
    • Original theatrical trailers for all three films

    Synopsis


    Dead or Alive
    Takashi Miike takes a dime-a-dozen yakuza script and turns it inside out in this high-octane surrealist crime action thriller. The film's first ten minutes is a breathless montage depicting a naked woman clutching a bag of cocaine being thrown off a high-rise, a porcine Chinese gangster devouring bowl after bowl of noodles before getting whacked, a tinsel-wigged stripper in mid-grind, another Chinese gangster having sex with a guy in a pubic bathroom, clowns throwing knives, and the world's longest cocaine line. Welcome to planet Miike -- one that seems unnervingly like reality but just tweaked enough that the viewer believes almost anything can (and does) happen. What follows is a tale pitting narcotics cop Jojima (Sho Aikawa), who has an ailing daughter and a neglected wife, against Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi), a Chinese-born gangster sporting a hairstyle that would make Wayne Newton jealous. As Ryuichi tries to muscle in on a big drug haul from Taiwan, those closest to him get killed -- particularly his whey-faced younger brother and girlfriend (the latter meets a particularly grizzly end at the hands of a sadistic scat-enthusiast yakuza). Likewise, Jojima, who is on Ryuichi's tail, looses his partner, his wife, and his daughter. Soon the two are on the road to a literally cataclysmic confrontation. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

    Dead or Alive 2: The Birds
    In spite of its title, this film bares no direct relation to Takashi Miike's rip-roarin' Dead or Alive, which is not surprising since ended with world going up in flames in the last installment. This film opens with Mizuki (Sho Aikawa), who is hired by an eccentric magic enthusiast (Tsukamoto Shinya) to off a yakuza crime lord, only to have his target wasted by a rival mobster Shuichi (Riki Takeuchi). It turns out that the two are long-lost childhood friends who grew up in an orphanage in a remote island in the Inland sea. After the crime, they find themselves drawn back to their childhood haunt. There they reconnect with another friend, Kohei (Kenichi Endo), who ended up not a hired gun, but a modest fisherman who also runs the orphanage. After giving a hilarious performance for a room full of kids, Mizuki and Shuichi decide to leave the island and to work together as hitmen. This time, however, they're killing to make a difference -- figuring that with each scumbag they ice they can save ten children when they donate their proceeds to charity. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

    Dead or Alive: Final
    DragonBall Z meets Blade Runner meets a William S. Burroughs head trip in this hallucinogenic sci-fi flick directed by Takashi Miike. It is set in the year 2346 in the city-state of Yokohama, which has become thoroughly sinocized in the intervening 300 years. People speak a mishmash of Japanese, Chinese, and English and the streets are bathed in digital noise. The place is run with an iron fist by an exuberantly gay potentate named Woo (Richard Cheung) who, hoping to fashion a newer, crueler society, drugs the populace with a cocktail akin to Prozac-laced birth control pills. Pregnant women and children are sent to prison. Woo's lead henchman is named Honda (Riki Takeuchi), a sneering uber-cop with a Wayne Newton-style head of hair. The underground resistance is led by the English-speaking Fon (Terence Yin), his fierce girlfriend Jyun (Josie Ho), and a yellow-haired humanoid robot named Ryo (Sho Aikawa). Raids, kung-fu fistfights, and general weirdness ensue until the cataclysmic showdown between Ryo and Honda. This film is the third and final in Miike's reported Dead or Alive trilogy. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Riki Takeuchi
      Riki Takeuchi - Ryuichi
    • Sho Aikawa
      Sho Aikawa - Detective Jojima
    • Renji Ishibashi
      Renji Ishibashi
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      Dankan
    • Hirotaro Honda
      Hirotaro Honda



    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One. Two. Three. Four.

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      DWolfe47
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      U.K. Market powerhouse Arrow Video has given Takashi Miike's lurid and exciting Dead or Alive a very solid new release here in the U.S. for fans and newcomers alike. Miike's DOA trilogy much like a lot of his work is a fast-paced, graphic, crazy, and sometimes surreal set of films that despite having the two same leads (Show Aikawa and Riki Takeuchi, both already staples of Miike's film by the time this series rolled onto the scene) are story-wise very, very different films. The first film is a more traditional sounding affair on paper, a dedicated cop trying to put an end to a bloodbath among Chinese and Yakuza gangs kickstarted by Takeuchi's trenchcoat-wearing Takeuchi and his "family" of outcasts. Of course Miike took a traditional story in a wild direction with an opening encompassing nearly every vice known to man cut between one bloody hit after another. The ending in particular takes this great and actually quite human film into uncharted territory and I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet. The second film is a bit different, both Riki and Show are now hitmen who grew up at the same orphanage together on an island, they retreat there after a hit leaves them wanted by the police and angry Yakuza. There they come up with a plan to continue their trade but donate the money they make to poor children. Again, a very human and and odd film that while not quite as good in my opinion as the first is still a very solid sequel. The third film really took things into a different direction. Eschewing the gangs vs. gangs background of the first two we find ourselves in a near -future Blade Runner-esque Yokohama (actually filmed in Hong Kong) where an authoritarian mayor forces his citizens to take a form of birth control ... or else. A group of rebel enlist the aide of a replicant played by Show to fight against the mayor and his goon played by Riki. It's honestly not that great compared to the first two, it has ideas but never felt fully fleshed out and the lower budget doesn't do well for films of this genre. The ending was crazy although not as perfect a fit as the ones for the first two. On the technical side I can say the first two movies look pretty solid, DOA 1 in particularly looks clearer than the previous DVDs by Kino. The third film though sadly isn't a particularly good looking transfer although explained in a notice at the beginning of the film was shot in standard-definition making a full HD transfer almost impossible. It's a shame but another thing that can simply be chalked up to budget issues as it was a direct-to-video film in Japan. The extras are pretty tremendous much like a lot of Arrow's releases. The Riki Takeuchi interview here is my favorite one as it does span pretty much his entire career and he's very honest and forthcoming about his thoughts on the trilogy. The interviews with Show Aikawa and producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura are also very solid and informative. The sound quality is across the board excellent on this set, gunshots sound particularly thunderous compared to the older release. Overall if you are a newcomer with a strong stomach or a longtime fan this makes a great addition to your collection if you overlook the technical quality of the third film. Alongside the great packaging and lengthy booklet this is a very good collector's release of the series and should hopefully set in motion for a similar one of Miike's Ichi the Killer in the near future. Fabulous and Recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this series

      Posted
      Gargus
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      Great set of movies on blu ray finally, all of them at once

      I would recommend this to a friend



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