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DOA: Dead or AliveMovie Review
by Georgette Tan
Genre: Action / Adventure
Director: Corey Yuen
Cast: Jaime Pressly, Holly Valance, Sarah Carter, Natassia Malthe, Devon Aoki, Eric Roberts, Matthew Marsden.
DOA is based on the best-selling video game "Dead of Alive". This action-packed and plot-free beat-em-up offering is about a fight tournament where the best fighters in the world go head to head in order to discover who among them will come out on top.
There's a prize money involved, but that is rather inconsequential here.
Our players include Kasumi (Devon Aoki) the Ninja Princess, Tina Armstrong (Jaime Pressly) the pro-wrestler, and Christie Allen (Holly Valance) the master thief. They arrived on the tounament island as rivals, but quickly formed an alliance and yes, a friendship, as they came upon some unexpected situations.
Kasumi joins the competition to find her brother Hayate (Collin Chou), who was part of last year's match and was believed to be dead. She is not alone. She has a bodyguard (not that she needed one) in the form of Ryu Hayabusa (Kane Kosugi ), and a foe, Ayane (Natassia Malthe), who is given the task of executing Kasumi for leaving the kingdom.
The others have relatively simple motives for being there. Tina is there to prove that she isn't a fake, and Christie is there with Max (Matthew Marsden) to steal the prize money. Their key is the sweet Helena Douglas (Sarah Carter), who is the daughter of one of the creators of the tournament. Yes, she fights too.
Donavan (Eric Roberts) is the overlord of the competition, who seems to be up to something fishy, with some help from his technical sidekick Weatherby (Steve Howey).
And so the stage is set.
The island and entire setup is cheesily Asian, rather like Mortal Kombat except grander. The fights are rather entertaining if you enjoy the fantasy of watching bikini or wet T-shirt-clad chicks with some nice moves. The best fight scene has to be the one where Hayabusa attempts to infiltrate the command centre and has to fight off scores of henchmen on the way up the stairs.
This movie doesn't take itself seriously, which is a good decision. It's a fun 90 minutes of ass kicking with the video game feel maintained. Nothing much to expound on here!
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