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Dead Or Alive

Released 2001
Distributor Tidepoint Pictures

Director Takashi Miike brings his take-no-prisoners style to this hard-nosed Yakuza film released in 1999. Miike plays by the genre rules (almost) most of the time, keeping purists happy, but his natural inclinations for the provocative gesture thankfully take over, making way for one of the great gonzo finales of all time… right up there with its main influence, Tex Avery’s 1947 cartoon, King-Size Canary.

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About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel Alice Through The Multiverse, and his autobiography Adventures in the B Movie Trade, are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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