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Alive - Director's Cut Edition (2004)

Hideo Sakaki , Ry , Ryhei Kitamura  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hideo Sakaki, Ry, Koyuki, Shun Sugata, Erika Oda
  • Directors: Ryhei Kitamura
  • Writers: Ryhei Kitamura, Eric P. Sherman, Isao Kiriyama, Tsutomu Takahashi, Yudai Yamaguchi
  • Producers: Hidemi Satani, Manabu Shinoda
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002UB2YQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alive - Director's Cut Edition" on IMDb

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Based on a popular comic book by Tsutomu Takahashi (SKY HIGH), ALIVE combines the tension of Vincenzo Natali's CUBE and Kitamura's own VERSUS. For the brutal murder of his girlfriend's rapists, Tenshu is sentenced to die in the electric chair. Miraculously surviving the high voltage punishment he is given the choice to burn again, or take part in a vicious experiment pitting him against another prisoner/guinea pig and a destructive alien life force.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the detractors fool you May 31, 2005
Alive is a film based on a Manga and, as any anime fan will tell you, Manga doesnt always translate to other mediums smoothly. The film asks the viewer to accept an ever increasingly surreal set of circumstances so that, by the end, you are eseentially watching a cartoon. Many people will be automatically thrown out of their comfort zones when the more sci-fi/fantasy elements are introduced, but by the time they arrive you're pretty much willing to go with it just to see what happens.

I liked following the main charecter, a man who has essentially done nothing morally "wrong" but is still punishing himself not for what he did as much as for what he couldn't do. They contrast the charecter nicely with the more up-front insanity of his cell mate and the cold indifference of the scientists and government officials running the experiment.

By the time the end of the movie comes about, all bets are off, and you're just in it for the fun of watching two powerful creatures duke it out. The film is extremely well shot with an interesting look. The directors cut features a solidly different visual experiance than the theatrical cut (also offered)and is a real treat to watch.

The Japanese sensibility in filmaking is vastly different than the American idea, so there is a period of adjustment before you can get into any Japanese film. IF you can master this shift theough, you are in for a real treat with this film
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Alive? Just try to stay awake... January 20, 2008
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After watching the brilliance that was director Ryuhei Kitamura's Versus, my first move was to instantly seek out and watch all of his other films released here in the states. Enter Alive, the next feature length film that Kitamura released. Much like Versus, it features the similarly bizarre plot elements, ultra slick and stylish direction, moments of brash violence, and even Tak Sakaguchi in a minor role. Unfortunately though, where Versus featured a near unrelenting amount of violence that gave way to a few moments of exposition and plotting, Alive plays it completely the opposite way, with a near unrelenting amount of exposition and buildup with very few moments of actual action. The film follows two prisoners, who after surviving their death sentence by electrocution, are given the choice to live but only as part of a government experiment... that's when things get really strange. Turns out there is an "entity" that inhabits a person with the greatest urge to kill and gives them almost limitless powers, of course the military wants to harness this power through the surviving inmate. Sounds pretty cool right? Don't be fooled like I was, this is anything but cool. Instead it's a slow-moving mess of a movie that isn't helped at all by it's 2 hour runtime (where in Versus you never wanted it to end, you'll find yourself watching the timer on the DVD player more than the actual movie here)and anyone who enjoyed (or loved like myself)Versus would be better served skipping this and seeking out either Aragami or Azumi for more familiar stylized and violent entertainment. Read more ›
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Alive" is brain dead! February 6, 2005
This movie started off interesting enough. A man murders the gang that raped his girlfriend and is placed in the electric chair. When the voltage fails to kill him, he is given the option to live or to be fried again. He chooses life. Enter storyline #2. He is put into what seems to be a "Cube" type experiment: locked in a metal room with a psychotic man who claims to have also escaped The Chair. It appears some government scientists are testing how long it will take these two to kill each other. But that's not it. Enter storyline #3. A beautiful woman appears to the men. It seems she is the host for an alien entity that her father contracted from eating a baboon that visited a spaceship in the jungle (Oh, how I wish I were making that up!). The remainder of the film is a mess of Hell images, Kung-fu showdowns with cloned super-soldiers, and random shootings that make no earthly sense. Someone should have read the script for "Alive" and pronounced this film D.O.A. instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a promising start but... September 5, 2006
it went nowhere after that. it had decent special fx but the story was so so..Could have been better..
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2.0 out of 5 stars RYUHEI KITAMURA, OPUS 2 July 6, 2008
** 2002. Written and directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. Based on a comic book. Tenshu Yashiro, after having been condemned to the electric chair, is given a second chance to live. He's locked in a room with another prisoner and their reactions are observed by scientists. Although the first 15 minutes are interesting because we don't know what the movie is really about, ALIVE disappoints very quickly. The director mixes an alien entity, weird flashbacks that don't bring anything to the storyline, mean politicians who don't hesitate to slaughter nice scientists and so on. Ryuhei Kitamira doesn't have anything to say to his audience. Already forgotten.
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