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DOA: Dead or Alive - Movie (2006)

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A Shinobi is a Ninja who left their ninja kingdom and has thus become outlawed, sunglasses make a perfect martial artist, and Natassia Malthe is Japanese? If your brain isn't switched to standby mode by the end of the opening sequence, you're not going to enjoy this movie.

The main focus rests on five of the female protagonists from the game: Kasumi (Devon Aoki), Ayane (played by the Caucasian Natassia Malthe, as mentioned before), Christie, Tina and Helena. Hayate and Hayabusa play supporting roles and all the other characters from the games up until Dead or Alive 3 make their appearance, but are mostly degraded to extras. The void of story-relevant male characters is filled with some rather annoying new characters. And of course there's the main villain, Donovan, who is alluded to in most of the games, but who had never made an appearance by the time the movie was made.

The story is as ridiculous as it is in the games (maybe even more). Donovan lures the best fighters in the world to a fighting tournament, to record their fighting data and make himself the greatest warrior of them all - by putting on a pair of Google Glass style sunglasses! Most of the (important) personage has their own very personal reasons to enter the tournament, too, which are, for the most part, very similar to the games. So, also a lot of the sideplots are carried over. Kasumi is in search for her lost brother, Zack constantly tries to hit on Tina, and so on. A lot of the individual fighting styles got lost in the transition to live action, though, and most of the time it's just the generic "martial arts" we've seen more than enough from the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the much-too-close but cheaply done replication of some of the in-game costumes makes the "actors" look like cosplayers.

Still, the movie knows what it really has to do right to emulate the appeal of the game, so we get a lot of ambiguous camera angles and lots of scantily clad females fighting. It even has a volleyball scene. On the other hand, it can also be described as a feministic movie somehow. Every single male character is displayed either as a jerk, an idiot, a dim-witted muscle head, a geek, or combinations of these, always overshadowed by the strong and clever women. They even get "philosophic" with plays on some hilarious pseudo-"ancient asian wisdom", though most of that got cut in the theatrical release, it is available as bonus content on DVD.

All in all, the movie does nothing really good, and even some things really bad, but can be quite enjoyable if it is watched as what it is, boundlessly stupid high gloss trash action. Other than most fighting game movies (The Legend of Chun Li, The King of Fighters, etc.), it knows its place and embraces it fully. As long as no one tries to take it seriously or think about anything while watching it, no one's gonna get hurt.

DOA: Dead or Alive

DOA: Dead or Alive

DOA: Dead or Alive



DOA BlackJack - iOS (2009)

DOA BlackJack (iOS)

DOA BlackJack was just what it says in the title: a blackjack game for iOS devices featuring images of DOA characters. No, make that one DOA character. The original release contained the note "the Kasumi version", but no other versions were ever released after Apple banned the game from its appstore for some reason. Maybe a busty woman in a bikini was just too much to handle for the apparently strictly Catholic company.

DOA BlackJack (iOS)


Pachinko CR Dead or Alive - Pachinko (2013)

Pachinko CR Dead or Alive

Because Japan is Japan, of course there also was a video-assisted Pachinko machine with a Dead or Alive theme. The video mixes fighting scenes that look like they run on an actual low-spec 3D engine alternating with chibi manga style images of the female characters, which sport even more ridiculous body proportions than the ususal Dead or Alive standard.

Pachinko CR Dead or Alive

Pachinko CR Dead or Alive



Dead or Alive Code Chronos - (unreleased)

For several years between bringing the series to the Xbox and his leave from Tecmo, Tomonobu Itagaki kept teasing a mysterious game in the Dead or Alive franchise with the tentative title Code Chronos. Like the Xtreme titles, it was supposed to be a spin-off in a different genre, and Itagaki referred to it as his personal pet project, about which the company apparently was never too enthusiastic. There was never much of substance shown or told, but the Code Chronus name once showed up as an image with Kasumi and Ayane as kids once showed up on promotional material. This turned out to be a still from the intro FMV shown in Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate, which covers the childhood of the series' ninja heroes up to a fight against an owerpowering Raidou. It might be that the video showed what Code Chronos was supposed to be like, before it was repurposed for one of the standard fighting games. Itagaki later refered to Code Chronus as a roguelike on his facebook page, claiming that the game actually had been in production at one point. Certain is only that nothing ever became of the project.

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