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Alive (2002)

After survivng his own execution, Tenshu choses to be subjected to the bizarre experiments of the prison officials.

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Ryûhei Kitamura

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Tsutomu Takahashi (comic book), Ryûhei Kitamura (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki ... Tenshu Yashiro
Ryô ... Yurika Saegusa
Koyuki ... Asuka Saegusa
Shun Sugata Shun Sugata ... Matsuda
Erika Oda Erika Oda ... Misako Hara
Tak Sakaguchi ... Zeros
Jun Kunimura ... Kojima
Ryûshi Mizukami Ryûshi Mizukami ... Warden 1
Keita Kimura Keita Kimura ... Warden 2
Minoru Aoki Minoru Aoki ... Warden 3
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Hair Cut Guard (as Boba)
Takanori Hamachika Takanori Hamachika ... Guard 1
Makato Kitami Makato Kitami ... Guard 2
Seki Watanabe Seki Watanabe ... Guard 3
Suenari Matsubara Suenari Matsubara ... Guard 4
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Storyline

Tenshu is imprisoned and sentenced to death for murdering the men who raped his girlfriend. However, he manages to survive his execution and is presented with an option: face another execution attempt or subject himself to their bizarre and dangerous experiments. He choses the latter and is put in a cell with a rapist and a woman who's infected with a taint that transports from person to person during extreme anger. The taint is transferred to Tenshu and he must now deal with the military who has interrupted the experiment to obtain it. Written by songmaster2005

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A life worse than death.


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Rated R for strong violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ALIVE アライヴ See more »

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Suplex, napalm FiLMS See more »
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1.85 : 1
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When Takutake shoots Zeros after he is defeated, you can clearly hear the sound of a shell casing of a pistol hitting the ground. As Takutake is using a revolver, which does not eject spent shells after each shot, this would make no sense. See more »

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Pretty good. I enjoyed it.
8 April 2004 | by veganflimgeekSee all my reviews

Alive

Alive is a very entertaining SCI-FI movie from Japan. I have noticed a lot of disappointed film geeks who loved Versus this director's debut film or his third film Azumi. I have heard they are blood drenched films with swords and zombies and all kinds of goodies. Frankly I went to the video store to get Versus but I am just fine with Alive.

If you are looking for beginning to end wall to wall action then Alive is not your pick. There is plenty of action however it comes as pay-off for a whole hour of character driven build-up. Personally I think it is well done and worth it.

Of course some of the plot is silly as with many SCI-Fi action films and I think the subtitles using the term foreign object could have replaced with parasite for greater effect. This film is brutal when it needs to be so faint of heart need not apply.

They kept the budget down by for the most part confining all the action to one underground building(taking a cue from the cube) but the film doesn't suffer for it. Another bonus for this film is intense gothic imagines that are done with great artistic flair during the many Flashbacks and dream sequences.

Rent this!


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