With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ACF 934: "Dead or Alive" at Japan Society

Dead or Alive © 1999 Kadokawa Shoten Co., Ltd.

Dead or Alive / Hanzaisha
Directed by Takashi Miike
Starring Riki Takeuchi and Sho Aikawa
When: Tuesday, March 15, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
1999, 105 min., 35 mm, color
In Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles
Print courtesy of The Japan Foundation
Buy tickets online

Introduction with Director Takashi Miike!!!!!

A mind-boggling carnival of ultra-violence, massive drug use, punch-drunk camerawork and unending stroboscopic editing, perfectly calculated to induce an outbreak of rapture that will leave the viewer shaking and ringing from the shock. Miike's legendary Dead or Alive pits a yakuza of Chinese descent (Riki Takeuchi) against a Japanese cop (Sho Aikawa) in the mean streets of Tokyo's crime-infested Shinjuku area, prowled by warring factions that vie for supremacy. Their fated encounter, propelled by an astonishing opening reel of hyperspeed action, leads a truly out-this-earth, apocalyptic conclusion, perhaps the most spectacular showdown ever committed to celluloid. Visuals, courtesy of "Hana-bi" D.P. Hideo Yamamoto, are slick and arresting and give a proud, bloody-minded majesty to the trip.

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