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Alive (JAPAN 2002)

Director : Ryuhei Kitamura
Cast :  Hideo Sakaki, Ryo, Koyuki, Shun Sugata, Erika Oda, Tak Sakaguchi and Jun Kunimura

Synopsis
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.


Review

by Edward Tang

Now we get to the man who directed this God forsaken mess, Ryuhei Kitamura. I liked Versus and Azumi alot and both entertained me to a key. Yet he fell with this crap that was based on a Manga that I have no interest in looking at as of now. Basically Alive never moves anywhere, until the half assed explanation of why these guys are trapped in this room. See this film had the chance to win me, when I read the first line of the plot “Man survives his own execution”, that sounded pretty damn cool to me. So how are we going to build from this? Make it some kickass zombies eating nuns? Some awesome explosions? Just a guy going around taking people out? No, you get two men in a room, and then are given the reason into why they are in that room. Well thank you, I’ll take the kick in the balls rather than watching the rest of this.

See, this film tries to build you up for the events at the end. What could they possibly be? The answer is this: a girl is infected by some stupid ghost. WOW! CREATIVE AS HELL. So what exactly gets this ghost or excuse me “taint” out into someone else? Anger! Oh yes, and then you get to see some wasteful action sequence at the end and the guy escapes the prison. Wow, I waited that long to see this? Maybe I’m just angry because I expected some action or just something that could keep me entertained for the two hours, but what I got was a bunch of crap acting in this long boring movie. Every five minutes I checked the clock, trying to see if this crap-fest was over, and it was a horrible experience because of it. This film has no redeeming qualities, there could have been something to give this at least a memorable scene that could have taken this film from a big piece of shit to just a small piece. But I’m afraid that nothing could be done.

The acting is either worthless or nonexistent. I hated every character in this film, because frankly about half way through I didn’t care to wait for one of them to get killed. Hideo Sakaki was great in Versus, here is he just there and sits around most of this film. I can’t even think of anything else to write about this film, all I know is that it isn’t worth your time of day. They couldn’t even think of one thing to make it stand out, but they had to lead me on because the DVD box art read “From the makers of Versus and Azumi”, and since I never heard of it, I had no expectations whether it was to be good or bad. Frankly it was a piece of boring shit that truly got me mad after I saw it. Yes, I was mad! I regret punching a hole through my wall now, but the pain actually feels good. Why? Because it helped me forget the first half of this movie, now for the second!

As you can see, I didn’t like this film. I’ll admit that I was interested in what the first 15 minutes gave me, but then after that, I fell into a pit of boredom. After the pit of boredom, I fell into the breaking things over my head pit. This film lacks in every category and hopefully I never see anything like it again. Alive is easily the least fun I’ve had watching flicks in a while, so everything can only be better right? Right.

Rating
Plot : 2/5
Acting : 2/5
Entertainment : 1/5
Overall : 1/5

Buy this movie at : YesAsia – Alive

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