Dead or Alive 2: Birds
Directed by Takashi Miike
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. Contains strong language, violence and gore.
Two friendly contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job.
Cast: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Noriko Aota
i think i liked the first one more – but it's really apples and oranges. lots of dark humor and strangeness to be had here, but a genuinely touching story about childhood and nostalgia to back the chaos.
I think I'm getting used to Miike's films. For all the weird sex and ultraviolence and surrealism, there's a very sweet story here about orphans. If you look at the more outre filmic elements as just part of his language, then the film takes on a much more linear tale.
Just finished the Trilogy, this is actually my favorite one of the Trilogy. I like parts 1 & 2 for the fact that they are almost complete opposite sides of the same coin.
Look this is not traditional horror so why is everyone calling other films that fit into a different sub-genre of horror on shudder "NOT" horror while everyone accepts these films as horror (so do I btw!) But go down the line because if dark "omg if this was really happening it would be scary!" applies to ALL films on this website. Thank shudder your the best.
Great movie following in the tradition of the first one, but not quite as good in my opinion. This one has a slightly different tone, but it's still got all the wackiness, comedy, and gore that you've come to expect. This one has more of a "friends coming home to reminisce" feeling to it. Same actors and director, but totally unrelated plot and characters, just so you know. I love Miike.