Dead or Alive ★★★½

Ryuuichi: Finally, here comes the last scene.

The opening extended montage winds up expectations for insanity that are confounded for much of the runtime, but I was still fascinated by the melodramatic middle stretch. It seems Miike was stacking a huge pile of Yakuza film tropes, only to maniacally (and literally) detonate them for an absurd punchline ending.

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