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East Asian Cinema

Dead Girl Walking (Kaiki! Shinin shojo) (2004)

Directed by Koji Shiraishi. Cast: Ayaka Maeda, Katsumi Nagashio, Kansai Eto, Moe Karasawa. The unimaginable happens when Sayuri is pronounced "dead" by her doctor, but her body continues to function. Her wounds begin to fester and her body begins to rot. Her once loving family are now repulsed by her. She flees from them, but is snatched away by a strange man who runs a freak show, where she is forced to exhibit her putrefied body. Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino. 44 min.

Dead or Alive (Hanzaisha) (1999)

Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Riki Takeuchi, Sho Aikawa, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa, Shingo Tsurumi. Without a home and feeling no obligation to Japanese society or Yakuza, Ryuichi and his small group decide to make their own place by trying to take over the Shinjuku underworld and the drug trade from Taiwan. As they plan an all-out-assault on the remaining Chinese and Japanese mafia kings, only Detective Jojima stands between them and complete domination. 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dead or Alive 2: Birds (Tobosha)) (2000)

Directed by Takashi Miike. Cast: Show Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Edison Chen, Kenichi Endo, Teah. Now reunited, Mizuki and Shuichi team up to pay off their spiritual debts while staying one trigger-pull ahead of the mobsters and killers who want them dead. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Death Train (Kyofu ressha) (2004)

Directed by Kazuyuki Sakamoto. Cast: Aja, Narumi Konno, Saya Tuki. Three high school friends on a weekend trip experience a strange flash of light and loud sound while on a train to an amusement park. Everything seems normal at first, but then strange things start happening including being chased by strange men in black. Plagued by nightmarish sensations they flee only to find themselves at the amusement park. They are stuck between nightmare and reality, between the walls of two worlds that are closing in on them. But which world is real? Based on the horror comic strips of Hideshi Hino.

Dersu Uzala (Soviet Union | Japan, 1974)

Director: Akira Kurosawa. An enthralling tale of an eccentric Mongolian frontiersman who is taken on as a guide by a Soviet surveying crew. While the soldiers at first perceive Dersu as a naive and comical relic of an uncivilized age, he quickly proves himself otherwise with displays of ingenuity and bravery unmatched by any member of the inexperienced mapping team, on more than one occasion becoming their unlikely savior. Originally made as a motion picture in 1974 as a joint Soviet and Japanese production. 140 min.

Devil Killer (2005?)

Directed by Robert Tai. Cast: Alexander Lo, Jackie Chiang. Set in China, tells the story of the battles between two rival gangs who have expertise in the most unique fighting skills, including Mo Chia boxing and iron kicking techniques. English language version. 88 min.

Devils on the Doorstep (Gui zi lai le) (2000)

Director: Jiang Wen. Cast: Jiang Wen, Jiang Hongbo, Kagawa Teruyuki, Yuan Ding, Cong Zhijun. Banned in China, Jiang Wen's ravishingly photographed anti-war epic is set in 1945 in Japanese-occupied rural China where a peasant is forced to shelter two prisoners: one Japanese who wants to die, and his Chinese interpreter who wants to live. 139 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize

Die Bad (Chukona hogun nappugona) (2000)

Directed by Seung-wan Ryoo. A four-part film that examines the same characters from mutiple angles. The "Rumble," sees two kids coming to blows with a thug in a pool hall. "Nightmare," examines the hellish life of an ex-con who is tortured by memories of a man he accidentally killed. "Modern man," cross-cuts between a fight involving a gangster and a cop and the two men's thoughts regarding life and social behavior. Finally, "Die bad," brings all of the shorts' characters together to meet their respective fates. 95 min.

DOA Final (2002)

Director: Takashi Miike. Cast: Show Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Richard Chen, Maria Chin. In Yokohama, AD 2346, a multiethnic melting pot is ruled by cruel Dictator Woo. Woo and his agenda are resisted by underworld rebels and enforced by super-cops. min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dodes Ka-den (Dodesukaden) (1970)

Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Zushi Yoshitaka, Sugai Kin, Tonomura Toshiyuki, Minami Shinsuke, Kusunoki Yu-ko. Follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. As desperate as their circumstances may seem, each of them, including the homeless father and son who dream of a home; the young woman hiding from the abuse she receives from her uncle; and a young boy who dreams of being a trolley conductor, find reasons to carry on. Based on: Kisetsu no nai machi by Yamamoto Shu-goro-.

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