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Definately breaks conventions, but....,
This review is from: Dead Or Alive [DVD]  (DVD)
The beggining and the end of this film are extreme stuff, it's crazy, punk-rock, way-over-the-top action, it's quite insane. However, the rest of it is completely different in tone, being a more serious story about gangs and a cop trying to pay for his daughters operation. Maybe it's just me, but I found the plot quite hard to follow, and there are some cultural references that we westerners don't generally know about. It's easier if you read the film notes that are on the DVD, but they kind of give away the ending.
This film wasn't as extreme as had been made out, but it's still pretty hardcore. The two or three scenes people have made most reference to were not at all how I expected, but may be more surprising if you don't know they're there. However, the bit where the man fries his own hand was quite silly and not believable enough to be either funny or shocking.
After the trailer, and the beggining of the film (the two are actually quite similar), I was hoping and expecting the rest of the film to be at least somewhat similar, but it's almost like a different film, and after the ultra-violent black humour of the opening sequence, you're not really prepared to take the characters seriously, so any attempt to care for them doesn't really work. The director seems to like playing with peoples expectations, but in this case so what if it doesn't really work?
This film is worth a watch, and may improve with repeat viewings, although it does rely on shock tactics.
The DVD is fine, no problems with picture or sound, and there's some fairly interesting extras.