Dead Or Alive (1999)

Takashi Miike directs Riki Takeuchi, Show Aikawa and Renji Ishibashi in this scuzzy Japanese Yakuza movie.

The opening six minute flash edited montage of depravity and death sets the tone. The longest cocaine snort ever, noodle full guts bursting, foil-wigged stripshows. The rest of the movie meanders with only the expected but still quite off putting lurches into the extreme gaining your full attention. There’s definitely at least one scene here to turn your stomach. Once it settles down, it eventually is a mere cheap Heat knock-off. Show Aikawa is all kinds of cool as the stoic cop. The ending jumps the rails of reality.


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