Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha
Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (1999)

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.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 27, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2003
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Audacious yakuza thriller.

John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

Ultimately a disappointment because it refuses to take any aspect of itself seriously.

Greg Muskewitz

Miike['s]...problem seems to be...that the construction of the rest of the movie hinges only by the effects they elicit.

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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

A soulless compilation of thrills.

Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

This is no-holds-barred filmmaking.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...more dull than even the most self-indulgent Merchant/Ivory production...

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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A trashy work of so-called art.

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