Dead or Alive
Directed by Takashi Miike
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. Contains strong language, violence and gore.
A yakuza and a cop each wage their own Takashi Miike-styled war against the Japanese mafia.
Cast: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Renji Ishibashi
Neither the greatest, or more extreme, Miike movie. However, if you're a fan of Miike this one deserves a spot on your list of hi greats. It starts insane, builds a great plot and ends on a crazier note. We see a noodle king eviscerated, the inspiration for that famous Ichi tempura scene and an overdosed woman drown in a kiddie pool of her own enemas. All the while, delivering a very engaging gangster flick. Not for the faint of heart but one of the many reasons I'll always watch a Takashi flick as soon as I can
I don't love this movie but I love the art style/aesthetic.
Not sure if it's brilliant or just weird. This one I'll probably ponder on for quite some time. What is a frenetic action/crime film for most of its runtime turns full-bore crazy pants at the end. I'll also never be able to look at kiddie pools the same way again. Glad I watched this on Shudder's Dinners of Death with Joe Bob Briggs.
LOVE TAKASHI MIIKE! The ending was a delightful WTF moment!
Just finished the Trilogy. Wanted to see this since I was a kid and saw it on a commercial before one of my VHS OVA's. Totally worth the wait. I like this movie a lot.