TAKASHI MIIKE’S DEAD OR ALIVE TRILOGY on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow Video US
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group
Special Thanks to Clint Weiler
MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US this March with an amazing release tailor made for cult fans. Arriving on both Blu-ray and DVD, Takashi Miike’s classic DEAD OR ALIVE Trilogy starring Riki Takeuchi and Show Aikawa as their various characters deal drugs in Tokyo, put their yakuza assassin skills to good use and even meet cyborg soldiers in future Yokohama. Each film deftly shows off Miike at the height of his skills, and weaves a captivating tapestry of crime, action and character study.
Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight, Takashi Miike’s unforgettable DEAD OF ALIVE Trilogy features many of the director’s most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the DEAD OR ALIVE films cemented Miike’s reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers.
In DEAD OR ALIVE (デッド オア アライブ 犯罪者, Deddo oa Araibu Hanzaisha, 1999), 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.
DEAD OR ALIVE 2: BIRDS (デッド オア アライブ 2 逃亡者, Deddo oa Araibu 2 Tooboo-sha, 2000) casts Aikawa and Takeuchi together again, but as new characters, a pair of rival yakuza assassins who turn out to be childhood friends; after a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause.
And in DEAD OR ALIVE: FINAL (デッド オア アライブ 決勝, Deddo oa Araibu Fainaru, 2002), Takeuchi and Aikawa are catapulted into a future Yokohama ruled by multilingual gangs and cyborg soldiers, where they once again butt heads in the action-packed and cyberpunk-tinged finale to the trilogy.
Each of them unique in theme and tone, the DEAD OF ALIVE films showcase Miike at the peak of his strengths, creating three very distinct movies connected only by their two popular main actors, each film a separate yet superb example of crime drama, character study, and action film making.
Years of Production: 1999-2002
Director: Takashi Miike
Actors: Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa
• High Definition digital transfers of all three films
• Original stereo audio
• Optional English subtitles for all three films
• New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi
• New interview with actor Sho Aikawa
• New interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura
• New audio commentary for DEAD OR ALIVE by Miike biographer Tom Mes
• Archive interviews with cast and crew
• Archive making-of featurettes for DOA2: BIRDS and DOA: FINAL
• Original theatrical trailers for all three films
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Orlando Arocena
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Kat Ellinger.
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Discs: 3
Street Date: 03/14/17
Label: Arrow Video
Run Time: 291 Minutes
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