Saturday, June 09, 2007
Dead Or Alive 2 (Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha)
Hurrah! Another Takashi Miike film to add to my collection (I also picked up Agitator recently but haven't watched that yet).
Hurrah! Another Takashi Miike film that doesn't make any sense to me what-so-ever!!
I'm not gonna try to explain the plot in much details, suffice to say it revolves around a couple of hitmen, with history, who team up and the rest is pretty damn weird. (as expected)
Now I'm not saying this film doesn't make any sense, the very basic elements of the plot are easy enough to follow (as with the first of the DOA trilogy), however as with pretty much all Mikke's films, they're loaded with metaphor and unfortunately, that's just something I'm not good on, especially when they're Japanese metaphors! Maybe I should've done a film studies degree and spent two years writing essays on metaphors in films!?
Takashi Miike is one of my favourite film makers, I love his style and whole attitude towards things and DOA2 doesn't disappoint in that department. With DOA 1 it was pretty much standard gangster fare for most of the way through, however with the sequel it's full on weird from the outset, god knows what 'Final' will be like, especially as it's set in a post-apocalyptic future!! Should be good!
Anyway, it's a good film and will make a lot of sense to people other than me.
Dead Or Alive 2 (Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha) - 8/10