DOA: Dead or Alive (2006, Fantasy Martial Arts Action Movie) – 4/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Corey Yuen
Writer (Screenplay) Based on the video game by Tecmo: J.F. Lawton
Writer (Screenplay) Based on the video game by Tecmo: Adam Gross
Writer (Screenplay) Based on the video game by Tecmo: Seth Gross
Writer (Story) Based on the video game by Tecmo: J.F. Lawton
Producer: Jeremy Bolt
Producer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Producer: Robert Kulzer
Producer: Bernd Eichinger
Producer: Mark A. Altman
Jaime Pressly: Tina Armstrong
Holly Valance: Christie Allen
Sarah Carter: Helena Douglas
Eric Roberts: Donovan
Natassia Malthe: Ayane
Matthew Marsden: Max
Steve Howey: Weatherby
Kosugi Kane Takeshi: Ryu Hayabusa
Colin Chou: Hayate
Devon Aoki: Kasumi

DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)

A group of the world’s best fighters are invited to participate in DOA, a fight tournament. Kasumi has greater reason to go than most as her brother took part previously and lost his life but she knows he was far too good for that to have happened.

4/10

Corey Yuen was a canny choice for this female-oriented action movie as he has directed a number of inventively choreographed and surprisingly emotionally successful action movies starring women in the past. However, this movie has no such investment in character development or story and becomes a series of reasonably nice-looking fight sequences (Holly Valance ended up with the best ones) strung together with a plot that is impressively unsuccessful.

This movie contains mild swear words and strong but stylised and clearly unrealistic violence and sensuality, brief mild nudity.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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