DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)
I've been playing Dead or Alive since the Playstation release back in
1998 (I still do~~) and was shocked when I heard someone's gonna turn
it into a movie. As a fan, the first thing, the major concern I had
happens to be the actors playing the fighters. Not that it was a
complete let down (especially since most of the attitudes of the
characters in the game and movie were quite different), I had to
anticipate it being (forgive the term) somewhat 'Americanized'. But ah,
well. That's how it was. Don't know if Tomonobu Itagaki liked seeing
Hayate not so often in the film, though (Hayate WAS modeled after him,
the DOA creator). So when it was released, I avoided watching it, until
Corey Yuen did an amazing job directing this one. The choreography of
the fight scenes were really good, but the script and the plot... those
needed work. It was fun seeing Robin Shou and Collin Chou in this film.
But props to Jaime Pressly for the amazing portrayal of Tina! She, in
my opinion, stole the show from Devon Aoki.
But really, this is more of a fan service (in glorified kick-ass
fights!) than a supposed movie in its own right. But it was better than
most game adaptations and it was fun to watch.
One thing's certain- I didn't like the portrayal of Ayane.
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