Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha
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In Tokyo's crime-infested Shinjuku quarter, a cop by the name of Jojima is drawn into criminal fraternization with the ruthless yakuza mobster Ryuichi in order to finance his daughter's operation.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Audacious yakuza thriller."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Ultimately a disappointment because it refuses to take any aspect of itself seriously."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Miike['s]...problem seems to be...that the construction of the rest of the movie hinges only by the effects they elicit."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"It becomes a work of violence, so full of rage and chaos that all the usual cinematic rules of structure and logic cease to apply."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Plays much more like an afterthought on wickedness than an actual essay on the topic."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"A soulless compilation of thrills."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"This is no-holds-barred filmmaking."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"...more dull than even the most self-indulgent Merchant/Ivory production..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Dead or Alive isn't for anyone who can't take the gruesome stuff..."
‑ Eric Campos, Mars Colony
"The over-the-top finale is hilarious, but it was only then that I realized the film was supposed to be an out-and-out comedy. Maybe it's a Japanese thing, but I don't really get it."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The tamest image in the movie is of a terrified man, about to be blown full of holes in a restaurant kitchen, who accidentally breads and deep-fries one of his hands."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"Best of all, nobody, including actors Show Aikawa and rock star Riki Takeuchi as the cop and the criminal, takes the flick very seriously. So neither should you."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A trashy work of so-called art."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The less you know about a Takashi Miike film before you see it, the better the experience will be."
‑ Steve Tilley, Jam! Movies
"Dead or Alive is stylized crime cinema not only at its finest but at its most disgusting and refreshing."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
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