Dead Or Alive Trilogy (Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive 2: Birds, Dead or Alive: Final) (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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 features many of the director's most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the Dead or Alive films cemented Miike's reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers.
In Dead or Alive, tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa), who will do everything to stop them. Dead or Alive 2: Birds casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters, a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause. And in Dead or Alive: Final, Takeuchi and Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-packed and cyberpunk-tinged finale to the trilogy.
Each of them unique in theme and tone, the Dead or Alive films showcase Miike at the peak of his strengths, creating three very distinct movies connected only by their two popular main actors, each film a separate yet superb example of crime drama, character study, and action filmmaking.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Kat Ellinger
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The atmosphere of the movie is also very different from the first DEAD OR ALIVE. A lot less hysterical editings and non-stop action sequences in this film clearly divided in three parts. Between the first and the last part where action movies fans will find back the Takashi Miike they know, the two heroes spend a few days in their native island, remembering their childhood in an orphanage. These sequences are masterfully directed by Miike who confirms here that he's a more than interesting director. Recommended.
In “Dead or Alive,” tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa), who will do everything to stop them.
“Dead or Alive 2: Birds” casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters — a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends. After a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause.
Finally, in “Dead or Alive: Final,” Takeuchi and Aikawa are jettisoned into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-filled finale to the trilogy.
As with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, who had appeared together in several Hammer Studios films, the “Dead or Alive” movies use two actors as different characters in different stories. Though some might call the films exploitation, they are stylish action genre flicks that hark back to the 70s with their photography, hard-boiled characters, and profusion of violence.
Bonus features on the 2-disc Blu-ray release include a new interviews with actors Riki Takeuchi and Show Aikawa, new interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiba Kimura, new audio commentary for “Dead or Alive” by Miike biographer Tom Mes, archive interviews with cast and crew, archive making-of featureless for “Dead or Alive 2: Birds” and Dead or Alive:Final,” original theatrical trailers for all three films, and reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork. The box set contains high definition digital transfers of all three films. In Japanese, with optional English subtitles.
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