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
Missed the mark of the original, still a good Miike film in it's own right.
A near-perfect sentimental romantic crime drama with a punk attitude towards fans of the first film, it would seem. There's more of everything but because it's not book-ended with weird scenes, fans overlook it. But don't be fooled, this is one of the most touching and intimate films in Miike's ouvre. Be forewarned, there's feels ahead.
Am I the only one bored by these movies? I literally turn the movie off 20-30 mins in because NOTHING happens, or rather...what does happen is nonsense and randomly drags the story around...
"And come on Shudder, we ALL know what a giant prosthetic penis looks like, was the pixelated version REALLY the only one you could get?" Yes, of course it is the only one they could get. It is a Japanese movie. That is not Shudder's fault. That's Japan's fault. Producing any film in Japan (including hardcore pornography) legally requires censoring depictions of genitalia.
Bit of a letdown. Not really a sequel at all. And come on Shudder, we ALL know what a giant prosthetic penis looks like, was the pixelated version REALLY the only one you could get?