Label: Rambling Records - RBCS 3004 • Format: CD • Country: Japan • Genre: Stage & Screen •
Although Takashi Miike's sardonic science-fiction spoof ''Dead or Alive: Final'' bills itself as the last installment of a trilogy, its story is only tangentially related to the first two parts. That's not surprising when you consider that Mr. Miike, the prolific Japanese director with an ardent cult following, is credited with having completed no fewer than 12 films in the last two years. The home-movie crudeness of ''Dead or Alive: Final'' indicates it was made on the cheap with minimal preparation.
The story is set in Yokohama in the yearwhen human beings and androids coexist uneasily under Whats Next? - G.S.O.M. - Nocturnal dictatorship presided over by Woo Richard Cheungwho has decreed that birth control be mandatory.
Woo appears to be in love with a young male trumpet player, who follows him around serenading him lyrically The Honda!! - Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final his horn. The dictator's enforcer, Honda Riki Takeuchiis an android who resembles an Elvis impersonator and who, despite his mechanical origins, develops human feelings and is revealed to have a son. Opposition to the birth-control decrees has coalesced into a guerrilla movement led by Fong Terence Yin and his girlfriend, The Honda!!
- Koji Endo - Dead Or Alive: Final Josie Ho. After several of the rebels die in a battle with government forces, a swashbuckling android drifter, Ryo Show Aikawajoins the resistance. Eventually Honda and Ryo confront each other in a flashy martial arts showdown that culminates with a robotic homosexual copulation. Alternating between facetious comic parody and pulp melodrama, this smart-aleck movie, which opens today in Manhattan, tosses around some intriguing questions about the difference between Washingtons Day - Hooters* - One Way Home and android life.
It makes the most of cheap special effects that include recurrent images of androids frozen in crackling, lightning-ringed electrical fields. Miike isn't always this crude. Anyone who has seen his elegantly scary film ''Audition,'' in which a psychotically vengeful woman uses acupuncture as a weapon of torture, knows that the director can be a virtuoso of transfixing horror.
Running time: 90 minutes. This film is not rated. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers.