Takashi Miike, Japan, 1999, Arrow Films, Cult

“A pivotal project in the development of Miike’s sensibility. For someone on his wild and amazingly dexterous wavelength, these films represent nirvana: a hit of pure aesthetic cocaine.” -- Slant

“[Godard’s] BREATHLESS for a new century.” -- Tom Mes, Midnight Eye

Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence -- and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight -- Takashi Miike’s unforgettable DEAD OR ALIVE trilogy (1999-2002) features many of the director’s most outrageous moments alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Each of these three very distinct works stars popular duo Show Aikawa (a cross between Nic Cage and Chow Yun-Fat) and Riki Takeuchi.

“[D.O.A.] makes John Woo look like Eric Rohmer. Tokyo’s underworld is torn apart by a turf war between yakuza gangs and invading Chinese triads. Ambitious yakuza Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) isn't above playing both sides off against each other in his bid for power, while detective Jojima (Sho Aikawa), himself none too scrupulous, is out to destroy the gangs. Miike piles enough warped characters and bizarre, twisted happenings into this conventional framework to fuel half-a-dozen Tarantino movies, while cheerfully borrowing -- and inflating -- key moments from THE BIG HEAT and KISS ME DEADLY. One character deep-fries his own hand, a stripper is drowned in a paddling-pool filled with her own excrement, and the literally apocalyptic finale, the showdown to end all showdowns, will leave you gasping.” -- Phillip Kemp,

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  • 105 mins
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP