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Dead or Alive

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Original title
Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha
Running time
105 min.
Japan Japan
Ichiru Ryu
Kôji Endô
Hideo Yamamoto
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Daiei Motion Picture Company / Toei Video Company / Excellent Film
Thriller. Action | Yakuza & Triad
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Dead or Alive
Synopsis / Plot
After a rapid-fire montage of two groups of gangsters, one Japanese, the other ethnic Chinese, killing each other and everybody else on screen, DEAD OR ALIVE's story begins when a police officer announces, "Round up everybody who looks (suspicious), even if they aren't Chinese." The Chinese have been living in Japan for centuries, but have never been accepted or integrated into Japanese society. This larger conflict underlies the blood and gore of the two gangs vying to make a big drug purchase from a mainland Chinese gang. When Jojima (Show Aikawa) an otherwise honest cop, needs money for an operation for his daughter, he gets a "loan" from the head of the Japanese gang, but when his partner kills the brother of the leader of the Chinese mafia, Ryuichi (Riki Rakeuchi), a blood feud begins between the two men.
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