We’re willing to bet you’ve seen a movie of this plot type before: A crooked cop becomes allies with a notorious mobster, which leads to a string of shootouts, double-crosses, and dead bodies. Sounds routine, right?
In most directors’ sights, yes. But Miike doesn’t know how to do “conventional.” In the criminal minded Dead Or Alive, he’s at his wackiest. There’s a scene set within a beastiality porno shoot, and another in which a dead hooker is found inside a bathtub loaded with feces. And then, just for shits and giggles, Miike spends time showing how a gang of thugs share a mutual love of bananas.
Through it all, Dead Or Alive is like Martin Scorsese by way of John Waters.