DEAD OR ALIVE: FINAL

Takashi Miike, Japan, 2002, Arrow Films

“Just like both [previous] movies, the whole premise is set aside once it's established, so we can explore more important themes -- like what does it take to make you smile? How much of your life was really a choice? What is your favorite color?” -- “Arch”, Letterboxd

In the conclusion to Takashi Miike’s uproarious action/splatter trilogy, Riki Takeuchi and Sho Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in a fashion-forward, cyberpunk-tinged melee.

“Another genre blowout that manages to also take the piss out of not only itself but two famous SF titans: BLADE RUNNER and TETSUO: THE IRON MAN. In this dystopian vision, everyone speaks a blend of Cantonese, English, and Japanese -- and the sky is the color of a 15-year-old computer monitor: yellow and dirty, with a desaturated color palette. This time out, he has roleplayed the characters in a way that plays with HK and Japanese action, Japanese and Western sci-fi, video games and anime [all at once.]” -- Tom Mes, Midnight Eye

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Details

  • 89 mins
  • Color
  • 1.85:1

Formats

  • DCP
  • Blu-ray

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