Dead or Alive (1999) Script



What the fuck?

Jojima here.


Su Chi Noodles?

Must be Chan Feng.


Let's go!

Get Sakai!

Grab anyone suspicious. Chinese or not!

Use your gun if you have to.

Watch your own back!


Chief wants to see you.

You're lucky there's so much happening.

Ten years younger and I'd be out there with you.

Come along.

You're not on pension yet.

Know the expression "necessary evil"? Evil in itself isn't bad.

As long as we keep the balance.

But yakuza are yakuza and murder is murder.

I used to think like that.

How many years ago, now?

Staring down students over their barricades.

I grew quite fond of them.

No sleep or food for days on end... we got close.

Life's funny.

You're not a dog scrambling after a bone.

Putting bad guys in handcuffs is my job.

That's cool. Just like they do on TV.

Like that Bayside Shakedown.

Wasn't that a movie?

No, the TV series. It's still on.

Is that right?

It's huge. A big hit.

"Balance", right?

You got a problem if a dog goes after a bone?


I'm back.

I wanna see Mom.

Dear Mother...

Are you well?

I arrived back home safely.

Thanks to big brother and his friends, I was able to study in America.

I'm very happy.

I'm going to do my best to lead a good life.


Have you seen Father... up there in Heaven?

Take care.

I'm back!


For me?

Mariko's turn!

Wanna see this?

Get her! Go on!


Want some hot milk?

I'm not hungry. I don't want breakfast.

You must eat something.

Can I have some water?

Eat properly.

Get lost.

Think about your health.

Where's my lunch box?


See you later.

I'll get it.

Have a good day.

The doctor says they should operate.

I thought I'd get a job.

How much will it cost?

Twenty million yen.

I worked it all out.

If we take a Japanese doctor, travel costs will be 1,500,000 yen.

Then, depending on her recovery and the exchange rate, intensive care will be 320,000 a day.

It all comes to at least 20 million.

I'll figure something out.

Another thing...

I wish you'd stop sleeping on the couch.

Hey, where are you going?

Wait, come back. Stop him!


Thanks for catching him.

This one's so choosy.

Jerk him off, will you? Be gentle.

I'm bushed.

What is it today?

You heard about the gang shooting?


The fag and the Chinese guy getting killed?

Doesn't seem like a normal Chinese and yakuza fight to me.

Can you ask around?

How's it going?

Fifty percent more, this time.

It's up! He's ready!

Okay, let's go.

Hold it there, sweetheart.

Stick it right in.

Give me a break!

We Chinese never forget who first dug the well.

What's that mean?

We're in business together, but you gave the first opportunity to us.

The Chinese don't betray such people.

Don't they?

Neither do the Japanese.

Not like those damn Russians.

They should give us back our islands.

Go get coffee.

Got drugs to replace what Yan stole?

Don't worry. The Kaohsiung deal will soon come through.


In Taiwan. A new dealer.

Food's great over there.

Heard about the 'Seagull's Gain'?

The Clam and the Crab were so busy quarreling, that the Seagull came along... and ate them both.

Pretty scary!

Here's some coffee.

Thank you.

To our mutual growth.

Cheers! Cheers!

A toast, at a time like this?

Plenty to be happy about?

Sino-Japanese friendship.

You're rude. No manners.

Who's this?

He's the police.

This is delicious.

So what do you want?

About the other day.

I thought maybe you knew something.

We should ask you. We're the victims.

Fair enough.

Then I'll just warn you...

You guys can't keep fucking with the police forever.


Never embarrass me like that again.

Idiot. No need to translate that.

"I am Doraemon."

Start her up!

What's going on?

What're you waiting for? Let's go! Fire it up!



Where is he?

Was he caught?

Go on ahead!

I'm handicapped.


What's going on?

Every day, there's something else.

Where's the "balance"?

Money from murders paid for my college?

Sure it did.

Getting wealth.

Getting power. That's what it's all about.

Is Hitoshi back?

Let's go.

Where to?

Why... so much money?

It's fine. Don't worry.

Let's go back to China.

You always wanted to.

I can't.

Why not?

I go to hot spring. With my friends.

Forget them.

Why worry about that now?

It was the same when Dad died.

What's it got to do with them?

Let's go back.

You always said...

"I wanna go back to China."

Let's take this and go.

Back to China.

I gotta return the 30,000 yen I borrowed from Kado.

Better get ready.

Start packing.


Why'd you do it?

What will you be doing in five years?

Five years?

Let me think...

Maybe running a rental car joint in Australia or somewhere...

It'd be nice to swim every day in the sea.

And you?


I'll give you a job.

Won't pay you much, though.

Why n-not, you j-jerk?

Me, I want... to make people h-happy.


I've begun to feel this electricity... from deep space.

What're you talking about?

So f-five years from now...

I'll be a g-god.

You should lay off the drugs.

I'm being s-serious!

Let me show you... what makes people happy.

It never fails.

What's going on?

I'm sorry.

Really. Sorry.

I never meant to take it.

It was just for Mom... something nice for her.

She always said... she wanted to go back to China.

I wanted to show her that we could.

I only spent a bit.

Not on myself, though.

I was gonna give it back.

Toji, there you are!

My mom's home.

Go say hi to her. She's worried about you.

You should've talked to us first.

I was going to... but it came up so quick.

I was gonna tell you later.

So I just borrowed it. Really.

I've got the money.

Here. I didn't spend any.

So what?

I'm sorry about your Mom, but you still can't betray us.

What betrayal?

When? I never did. I just borrowed it!

What fucking betrayal?

It's at my house! Go look!

Quit messing around!

Sorry. Did I wake you?

It's okay.

I didn't know you were home.

Have you had a bath?

It's okay.

Sorry to ask, but can we afford it?

I told you not to worry.

But I'm scared.

Hello. Jojima residence.

Oh, hi.

I told you not to call me.


This stuff will make my asshole burn.

Yakuza killings, mafia killings, bank heists...

How do they link up?

I don't know if it's connected, but there's a new dope route into Yokohama.


Go there and ask for a guy called "Kaku."

I'll keep the receipt.

It's me. Meet me in Yokohama.

Your day off? Forget it.

How about a "Hello"?

Why'd you bring the kid?

I'm Yuki Inoue. I'm 5.

Sorry, but it's my day off. Wife went to see a movie...

Hi, there.

It's fine.

Just wait here.

Hey, is Kaku here?

Everyone's "Kaku" here.

Who are you?

That porn guy sent me.

Then it's me you want.

I know everything about this city.

I came to Japan before you were born.

Cooking here at this stove.

But even after 5,000 years... each day, a different flavor. Can you understand that?


Are you okay?

How old are you?

Youngsters have no manners. They're only after money.

That's not right. Of course I want it too... but I don't cause anyone trouble.

I just sell good food.

Wanna taste 5,000 years of Chinese culture?

Bet you've never tried it. Come on...

Try it.

Can I finish the fried rice?


Yuki, eat up. Have whatever you want.

Don't worry about the bill, our boss is paying.

I don't like this. It's too salty.

No, it's good. Try them all.

Then they don't seem salty.

Go on, it's delicious. You won't grow big and strong.

Remember how you lost that school race?

You wanna be last again?

Come on, eat up.

It's delicious.


Devoted, aren't you?

No, not really. The wife keeps pushing lessons on him.

But I don't care, as long as he's healthy.


How is it? Tasty?

Delicious, right?

There're some new guys around from Kaohsiung.

A guy called Ryu putting some big deal together.


That's all I know.

Tastes good.

Big brother...

What do you need me for?

Answer me.

Some are smart but can't run.

Some can run but aren't smart.

We need both. That's what a team's all about.

Only the strong find their place in the world.

So the weak don't deserve to live?

Don't the weak deserve to live?

We risked our lives for him... but he wouldn't do the same for us.

Simple as that.

I won't forgive you for Hitoshi.

I'll never forgive you!

It's me.

How's Mina?

Okay. I'll be there soon.

I'll call the boss.

It's up to you.

This one's an adrenaline junkie.

Which one... should I put my money on?

We're in talks with the Mainland mafia.

But we're open to a better deal.

It's gonna be up to you.

Got it.

I'll go call the boss.

How's the Taiwan thing?

Done deal.

Just got to get rid of some people.

I heard about your brother.

Don't you mind?

He's not a kid anymore.

Keep an eye on the yakuza.

They're always in that club.


And don't mention my brother again.


How far do you want me to go?


I'm sorry we didn't have that baby.

His parents were kids left behind in China after the war.

You know, like you hear on TV.

When did he come back?

Twenty years ago.

His dad returned from Harbin and opened a restaurant.

Ryuichi soon became a famous troublemaker.

At 16, his dad died and he left home.

Ryuichi? Sure we know him.

Of course we do. He's our... whatcha call it?


No, more posh.

More masculine.


That's it. Our hero.

Who's "us"?


We look Japanese, but we ain't.

Then again, we look Chinese, but we ain't.

Not really anything. That's us.

Got it?

Who are you, then?


Hey, wait!


This is our newest girl, Kaoru. Welcome.

Come here.

Excuse me.

Hello. I'm Kaoru. Today's my first day.

I've seen you somewhere before.

Have you really?

Let me pour.

I remember this scent.

Get the manager.

Get the manager.

I like you.

Do excuse us... having you come by at this busy time.

There's something we wanted to ask.

Your old hometown.

We were there last week.

We checked out that old diner.

Delicious mackerel lunch.

Wasn't it?

It's nice to have a good local place.

You left when you were 17, right?

We heard of your exploits.

Seems you took care of your own.

You're all from the same place?

Old friends.

All your returnee pals from the Mainland.

Say something, jerk!


Your kid brother studied in the US?

With your parents deceased, did you pay for that?

A famous street punk, with a sensible brother who studied abroad?

Doesn't sound right to me.

What are you up to?

You should've run off with the cash from that bank.

The yakuza are onto you.

They'll be after you soon.

Mr. Detective...

You got a family?



A daughter.

You should be home.

You'll get nothing from me.

Didn't think I would.

Can I go, then?

My old man was a village cop.

Nothing went on there.

He just stood around like a scarecrow... till he died.

But then... even a scarecrow keeps away the sparrows.

I can't stand those who sacrifice others for themselves.

Unlike you, this country's done nothing for me.

You fucking murderer!

Back off! Stop it!

I'll get you in the end.

They all laugh when they see it, but they love my cock.

Sorry it's so small.

It's genetics.

But it's still really coming out of you.

What is it with the human body?

A complete mystery.

And you broke the record.

Pumped full of smack, fucked by everyone... bathed in shit from your own enema...

How is it?

You still high?

Back down again?

Can you see God?

Where are you now?

But why...

when I flushed you out so many times...

do you still stink?

What is this stench?

Uh-oh. I did it again.

Welcome back.

Hey there.

It's gotten worse. They need to operate.


What do you mean, "Okay"? We need that 20 million.

She doesn't have much time.

I'll talk to my parents.

Don't do that!

She's my daughter.

I'll sort something out.

She's our daughter.

Don't worry about the money.

I'll sort it out.

Get a move on!

What's going on? Trying to burst the place?

Don't you listen?

I'd like a small girl with big tits.

But I don't want to fuck.

Okay, coming soon!

Oh, boy...

Hotel Venus, room 203. Get over there.

You said I was off now.

Shut up and go.

Lying fucker.

Fuck yourself.

Under the anti-prostitution laws, you're busted.

Who the fuck are you? Police, you idiot!

The girls were busted?

Why now?

Anyway, lay low for a while.

Isn't Okuyama pulling his weight?


Why are you cracking down on us? Nothing better to do?


Like cleaning up your gambling joints.

There's never been a problem with those.

Want me to arrest you too?

Why? For pissing in public?

You're the one who's really in charge.

If I arrest you, what'll happen to your gang?

This cop's threatening me.

Not threatening... bargaining.

Go get some drinks.

What do you mean, "bargaining"?

Lend me 20 million yen.

And soon.

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So many ways to live life.

In America, minorities aren't all gang members.

Even in the ghetto, you can study and really make something out of life.

I pray it all works out for you.

Why the hell did you come here?

And so then, I welcome you all in celebration of this great symbol of the great friendship between Japan and China.

Gentlemen, please raise your glasses.

Let us toast Kah-san's birthday. Cheers!

Here's a present. How do you say "sword" in Chinese?

Thank you so much, Sakurai-san!

You can't be serious.

The mobile customer is out of range or has turned off...

You won't get this in the hospital, so order all you want.

It's only a family restaurant.

Don't be rude.

At least we're all together.

An analog phone?

Typical Japanese police.


Where are you from?

What part of China?

Idiot! Can't you control a junior lieutenant?

Watch your neck.

Who is he?

It's Jojima. He won't listen to me.

What do we pay you for, then?

Is your chief gonna want a piece, too?

Don't worry, he's happy with his flutes.


Where are you?


It's a club called "Bolo". Bolo!

Okay, I'm on my way.

Maybe I'll go in. No. Stay there! Wait for me!

Sorry. It's work.


I'm a policeman!


I'm the police!

So what?

No sweat!

What're you doing here?


Are you s-stupid?

Who the fuck are you kidding?


We've been had.

Mr. Kah?

He's gone.


No use. This is awful.

So, I guess that puts me in charge.

What a surprise. It's so sudden!

Gonna need your help.

That cash I lent you... let's call it quits.

Quits? That's right.

So I owe you nothing?

It's your lucky day.

Don't you shoot.


It's me.

It's taken care of. Tell your boss.

I'm sorry.

I better go.

I'm sorry.

No fucking way.

Shall I get him?

We can't accept this receipt.

Why not?

I must ask you again to file them in order.

Please redo it.


Sorry to bother you at work.

What's up?

You'd think she was going away for years. Look at all this.

There's more to buy. Can I borrow the car?


Don't they make you ill?

Will you be late tonight?

Doesn't look like I'll make it.


Don't overdo it.

I'll get them. Bye.

Got something else lined up?

No. I'll think about it after things calm down a bit.

Why not go to a hot spring? Relax a little.

Call me anytime.

You'll look after everything?

Leave it to me.

S-Shinjuku's under control.

Will Taiwan work for us?

Don't worry, there are tons of opportunities.

And so we're finally at the last scene.


Where are you?

N-no hiding!