DEAD OR ALIVE TRILOGY REVIEWED
“Dead or Alive Trilogy” is the reason why I love Miike. I’m not a super fan of these movies, but I enjoy what the guy brings to the table. All three films in this trilogy are disconnected crime jaunts through the Yakuza dominated Underworld. The director builds scenes around key visuals rather than narrative punch points. Although, it’s worth noting that his late 90s work featured a lot of guys getting killed while performing gay sex acts. Seriously, it’s about 6 films in 3 years.
The rest of the trilogy bounces between themes of self-defense and uselessness in the face of oblivion. These are hefty concepts, but Miike dances them onto film in a way that would make Tarantino envious. It’s not just that the Trilogy is full of shock moments. It’s that the three movies say three wildly different things, while selling themselves as crime pictures. 1950s gangster directors ala Robert Aldrich would’ve been proud.
- 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
- 1.85:1 1080p transfers
- LPCM 2.0