A pair of rival yakuza assassins turn out to be childhood friends. After a botched hit, they flee together to the island where they grew up, and decide to devote their deadly skills to a more humanitarian cause.
This requisite spiritual sequel to Miike’s apocalypse composes itself in a unique bifurcated structure of dark violence and evocative meditations of the past. Dead or Alive 2 throws out the gangster picture rulebook, and creates a new poetic surrealism for its bullet ballet. Takashi Miike forever!
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria