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DOA: Dead or Alive

DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)

September. 07,2006
| Adventure Action Thriller

Four beautiful rivals at an invitation-only martial-arts tournament join forces against a sinister threat. Princess Kasumi is an aristocratic warrior trained by martial-arts masters. Tina Armstrong is a wrestling superstar. Helena Douglas is an athlete with a tragic past. Christie Allen earns her keep as a thief and an assassin-for-hire.


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Don't listen to the negative reviews

Hayden Kane

There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes


Before we as an audience had the film "The Condemned" we have this little nugget. A fight style tournament, experts in their fighting styles get picked randomly, fly to an island and have to parachute out of a plane to find it. These fights are not to the death rather but loser goes home prize is 10 million dollars. Now the acting is pretty flat, there is 2 subplots mixed in while the fights are picked. For men the "horn dog" side will be satisfied as the women are scantly clad in much of it. The savior of this fil is the cinematography and choreography with the fights and martial arts. Jaime Pressley is actually funny and wildly good with her stunts in this. Devon Aoki, wow, exceptional skill set and reminds me much of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon style. Holly Valance was amazing in her role as fighter and thief. I was a little dismayed at Eric Roberts performance as the antagonist not his better moments and his fighting was god awful. I rather enjoyed this film though and if your a fan of martial arts and some comedy watch it. I went 7/10 here


This is better than other computer beat-em-up adaptations like Streetfighter and Mortal Kombat. The plot makes more sense and is more interesting than either of those movies, while managing to stay closer to the original games. Essentially this is 'Enter the Dragon' with (lots of) women, though it lacks the dark and dangerous edge of that earlier movie. As ever, Cory Yuen does a good job with the many fight scenes, despite working mostly with non-martial-artists. The production has an expensive feel, and it's surprising that the budget didn't run to more impressive stars.The main attraction here is the procession of gorgeous super-feisty women, often wearing very little – pure exploitation, but this too is faithful to the original computer games, right down to the beach volleyball. Sadly, while looking good, these are not great actresses. Jaime Pressley is pick of the bunch – while not big enough physically for Tina Armstrong, she brings a personality which fills the screen. Devon Aoki never brings much personality to anything, but this may well be her best performance after DEBS. Holly Valance, sadly, is barely an actress at all and the male support is pretty drab, with Steve Howey as a stereotyped nerd the pick of a bad bunch. Anyone who knows who Kevin Nash is should get a laugh from his performance as Bass. It's disappointing that, after the female leads have been built up well early on, they then spend too much time sidelined, while various dull and characterless men fight one another.Fans of the games may enjoy this. Anyone who enjoys watching half-dressed women fighting will too. For others it's good mindless fun, but don't go out of your way.


A fleeing Japanese princess, a girl wrestler daughter of wrestler, and an attractive master thief/killer get invited to DOA--some type of yearly fighting contest.A bunch of other guys are invited as well, including the big wrestler dad but the movie focuses on the three skinny tiny girls who beat up on 300lb guys no problem. Well, make that 4 skinny tiny girls as the daughter of the founder of the contest also participates as does some guy involved with the thief.The princess is there to look for her brother who was a contestant a year ago and is told he died. But he couldn't have because he was the greatest martial artist. Following her is her protector and her nemesis who is trying to get her to return to her reign.All this takes place on an island with Buddhist motifs everywhere. Running the operation is Eric Robers and his IT guy who falls for the founder's daughter, and countless minions. They inject all contestants with something to track them.Of course all the girls do well in their fights. Meanwhile, the thief and her guy plan an stealing all of Roberts' money. At some point he grabs all the main characters and through the substance he injected in them obtains their skills. He wears some fancy glasses that predict their moves and then beats most of them. He wants to sell the technology to the highest bidder. By that time the thieves are close to the money, our heroes escape, the island is about to blow up and Roberts also tries to escape.DOA is a fun hyper kinetic campy action movie. It's edited in a fast-paced hyper active way so you're always entertained. It's thankfully beautifully filmed in daylight with rich colors and contrast, there's none of that fighting in the rain at night nonsense that Hollywood is so fond of doing. And it's very sexy, probably one of the sexiest movies made in a long time, especially for a PG-13 movie, but it's even sexier than R-rated movies. And how could it be otherwise with the lovely Holly Valance (whatever happened to her?) and the wonderful Natassia Malthe, who unfortunately doesn't get to do anything sexy. Fighting scenes are actually pretty good, too. DOA is just plain fun escapism.


4,6? Don't even start with me here. Yes, this movie is utter pulp. And I'd have to agree that it's horrible if it just wasn't enjoying it so much. Everything about this screams fun. Plot, character development and good acting are usually prime requisites for an enjoyable movie, but DOA gives all those three the finger and manages to still be enjoyable. And for such an obvious B movie, the editing and choreography are surprisingly well done.Is this movie wrong on way too many levels to even begin to elaborate on? Yes. But is this movie enjoyable up to an almost euphoric level? HELL YES.