The world's best fighters are invited to DOA, an invitational martial arts contest. There, four female rival fighters will have to work together to uncover the secret that the organizer of the tournament is trying to hide.
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When a teenager, Chun-Li witnesses the kidnapping of her father by wealthy crime lord M. Bison. When she grows up, she goes into a quest for vengeance and becomes the famous crime-fighter of the Street Fighter universe.
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A number of fighters are invited to DOA, an invitational martial arts contest. They travel to the tournament island by plane, until they have to jump out mid-flight with parachutes, and then have until sundown to reach the main island to be entered into the tournament. Fighters are then pooled against one another in a knock-out style tournament, with the loser of a battle sent home, and the winner progressing to the subsequent round. The plot revolves around four female fighters who begin as rivals, but subsequently find themselves teaming up against another force.Written by
Hitomi is seen fighting Helena Douglas at the tournament in the film. In the games, Hitomi is a Japanese German woman while in the film, the character was to a Asian man but in the film, a character resembling Hitomi is seen wearing her in-game outfit of a pink headband and a denim jacket, but she had no dialogue while her personality was given to Helena Douglas. See more »
(at around 21 mins) From the scoreboard it can be seen that there are 16 fighters, Bass, Bayman, Brad Wong, Christie, Eliot, Gen Fu, Hayabusa, Helena, Hitomi, Jann Lee, Kasumi, Leifang, Leon, Max, Tina and Zack. The match-ups for the first round are Bass vs. Tina (shown), Bayman vs. Brad Wong (shown), Christie vs. Jann Lee (shown), Gen Fu vs. Leifang (shown), Kasumi vs. Leon (shown), Hayabusa vs. Eliot (shown) and Zack vs. Max (Max says this to Christie). This leaves only Helena and Hitomi as remaining fighters yet Helena is clearly shown winning against an (unnamed) male fighter. See more »
Princess Kasumi, your brother is dead. Your destiny is to lead your people.
I will not believe he is dead, until I see his body.
There is no body.
Then he is not dead.
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Absolutely Fantastic... if you're watching it in 1996.
In 1999, the martial arts movie was redefined by "The Matrix." What people forget is, the martial arts movie was previously redefined four years earlier, with the release of 1995's "Mortal Kombat." Of course, yes, "The Matrix" left everything before it in the dust. But for that 4 years, we had a short-lived champion... exciting action sequences, fair-to-cheesy dialogue, and a thumping techno soundtrack. It took something as historical as the Wachowski Brothers to knock it off its perch.
"Dead or Alive" features action sequences about on-par with "Mortal Kombat," dialogue scenes that are only slightly more painful, and the added presence of Eric Roberts, which takes two full points off its IMDb rating just for attaching his name to it.
I didn't hate DOA; it was miles better than "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation" and director Corey Yuen ("Transporter," "So Close") is certainly light-years better than Uwe Boll, if that even means anything.
Slightly better than your average rental, but not worth a $7 movie ticket. In 1996 this would have made a bundle, but today it's just something that might actually hold your attention on cable at 3 a.m. 6/10.
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