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Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000)

Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 December 2000 (Japan)
Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Masa Nakamura
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shô Aikawa ... Mizuki Okamoto (as Show Aikawa)
Riki Takeuchi ... Shûichi Sawada
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noriko Aota ... Chieko
Edison Chen ... Boo
Genta Dairaku Genta Dairaku ... Chinese Gangster
Ken'ichi Endô ... Kôhei
Hiroko Isayama Hiroko Isayama ... Woman in black hat
Masato Masato ... Hoo
Yûichi Minato Yûichi Minato ... Head of orphanage
Ichi Omiya ... (as Genta Dairaku)
Ren Osugi ... Mizuki's stepfather (as Ren Ôsugi)
Manzô Shinra Manzô Shinra ... Big bro.Toshi
Tomorô Taguchi ... Man with telescope
Teah Teah ... Woo
Tôru Tezuka Tôru Tezuka ... Teru, informant
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Storyline

Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to team up and use their talents in killing for good... much to the upset of the crime syndicates. Written by Danny Leary

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 December 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead or Alive 2: Birds See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Can he do that?
7 December 2005 | by djoresSee all my reviews

Miike's fans are usually disappointed by this movie for it certainly lacks in violence and entertainment value. However it more than makes up in subtlety - it's nuanced to the point of lyricism. Who would expect that Miike can spin a tale of a quest for the lost innocence of childhood (soccer games in the rain, sharing bowls of noodles on the ferry, full turtle/lion costumes for a kindergarten play) and still sell it as a sequel to the yakuza audience? Yes, you could read it as cheesy and boring, but then again you could say the same about that other "angel" movie - 'Wings of Desire'. The two characters follow the 'given a second chance at life' path, blazing a trail of "benevolent" executions that add up to nothing. If 'DOA' is the incessant present (with its avalanche of impressions updated at a rate high above the processing limit), and 'DOA Final' is the ironic future of Malthusian power politics, then 'DOA2' is the trip in the past at an impossibly high cost.


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