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Aro Recommended Dead or Alive

 

aka: Hanzaisha
Japan 1999, 105 minutes
Dir. Takashi Miike
In Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Suspense, Action/Adventure

 

Aroview: A jaw-dropping, wickedly amoral revenge thriller from the dir. of AUDITION, who blows the dust (and the roof) off gangster movie cliches and virtually rewrites the cinematic rulebook in the process.

Sandwiched in between a pair of astonishing, ultra-violent sequences is a breathlessly visceral portrait of ruthless gangsters of Chinese heritage that show no allegiance to Japanese laws or moral codes. Leading the gang is Ryuichi, who battles for ultimate supremacy against his arch nemesis Jojima, a cop who has fallen victim to corruption in order to pay for the treatment of his daughter's illness…

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DVD Features

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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