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Dead or Alive Trilogy (3pc) (Widescreen Sub)

Shô Aikawa , Riki Takeuchi , Takashi Miike    Unrated   DVD
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Jan. 10 2010
I have tried hard to like Takashi Miike for a while now, and have seen a lot of his stuff, but I just can't get into it.

Ichi the Killer had shock value and stuck with me even though in the end, I did not consider it a brilliant film. Audition was probably one of the better films, but still not something I would ever watch again. That seems to be the way with Miike: Watch once for the experience, and then discard it.

So with this in mind, I decided to give the guy another chance and check out yet another hyped up film which this time I was sure would be different. I was expecting an over the top action movie with comical excess, and got a serious drama mixed in with a few frantic action scenes. Technically, it delivered what I was expecting, but the result was sub par and disappointing.

I admit that the apocalyptic ending made me laugh for its ridiculousness, but it too was a little disappointing compared to my expectations.

The 2nd film was a little slower paced and there were a few scenes that were enjoyable, but on the whole, it was just as disappointing as the first.

I have yet to look at the last film, but I suspect it will be more of the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top quality Miike June 22 2006
By Steward Willons - Published on Amazon.com
Takashi Miike's rapidly expanding oeuvre includes something from nearly every genre (including a family picture and a musical?!). The Dead or Alive trilogy find him with his familiar Yakuza genre, but these films aren't your typical Japanese gangster flicks. Miike's style are all over these films. The opening montage in DOA1 is some of his finest work - eight minutes of rapid fire violence, drugs, car chases, assassinations, and death. Sergi Eisenstein would be proud. The ending is also particularly amazing. How to end a 100% insane yakuza ultra-violent movie? Miike finds the perfect way.

The films are a trilogy in name only. All three stories are completely different, but use the same leading actors. I haven't seen many of their other films, but it's my understanding (from reading Tom Mes's great book on Miike), that these are two of Japan's biggest action stars, working together for the first time. In DOA1, they're enemies. In DOA2, they're best friends. In DOA3, one of them is an android. All three stories are unique and all have interesting qualities. I would agree with the other reviewers that the third is the weakest, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's lacking in quality. It's reminiscent of Miike's City of Lost Souls.

While the films are available separately, the three disc collection is definitely the way to go. They're all very good films and the first two are definitely among Miike's best work. Be sure you don't accidentally purchase the "R" rated versions. You want the unrated version with all of Miike's balletic, Peckinpahnian violence intact.

These films are known as action movies, but they all have fairly slow middle sections where the characters have time to develop and evolve. Whatever else he does, Miike always tells a good story. Anyone hoping for wall-to-wall action will be disappointed. However, those seeking a thoughtful action picture (or three of them in this case) will enjoy these films. If you think you know yakuza pictures, wait until you see these!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Third Of An Excellent Trilogy Feb. 3 2006
By Dennis West - Published on Amazon.com
I was on a real Miike kick when I bought this, and I seriously doubt that anyone could have convinced me to do what I'm about to suggest to you. Don't buy this trilogy, only the first movie is really worthwhile. Two and Final don't compare with the excellence of the first Dead Or Alive (which rates 5 stars). Have you ever seen a sequel, by a director you respect and found that ol' magic just ain't there any more? You sat there, watching helplessly as they tried (and you could tell by watching that they were trying really HARD) unsuccesfully to catch lightning in a bottle one more time. Depressing, yes? Save yourself the pain of watching this happen twice. Better to spend your money on Visitor Q or Fudoh The New Generation. Still, if you've gotta see all three...
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection April 17 2005
By Omkar - Published on Amazon.com
A great collection.. must have for any Miike's fan.. the only complaint is the second DVD of the trilogy, Birds, has some heavily censored scenes.

As for the movies themselves, Riki Takeuchi and Sho Aikawa carry themselves extremely well.. the trilogy presents the conflict between these two characters over a wide range of social, political and futuristic scenarios.. its hard to choose my favorite among the three, all three are awesome have their own rewarding experiences, but I'd narrowly pick the second one, its got a very unique flavor to it.. never expected Miike to be such a sucker for "childhood nostalgia".. somewhat reminscent of Kitano's Kikujiro.

Anyway, I would highly recommend viewers unfamiliar with the Yakuza-related genre of Japanese action-cult flicks to first sample this trilogy before venturing into many other works of Miike (Ichi, Gozu, audition).
5.0 out of 5 stars great series June 5 2013
By Jorge A. Perez JR. - Published on Amazon.com
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its a good series that is action packed and just great. it does have some wtf moments but its still good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby loved his gift Jan. 9 2013
By E. N. Abentroth - Published on Amazon.com
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We're both fans of Takashi Miike and ridiculous gory action movies in general. This trilogy is hilariously over-the-top with a lot of nods to other over-the-top action movies/actors/directors. Miike does gore and ridiculousness well and the two main actors are AMAZING men that are entertaining in all their works.

This is like a Die Hard franchise with a spy vs spy twist of ridiculousness. I compare these to Hot Fuzz and Kung Fu Hustle with a lot of gore to make you uncomfortable.
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