• Movie: Alive
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Sep 12, 2002
  • Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


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Tenshu is imprisoned and sentenced to death for murdering the men who raped his girlfriend. However, he manages to survive his execution and is presented with an option: face another execution attempt or subject himself to their bizarre and dangerous experiments. He chooses the latter and is put in a cell with a rapist and a woman who's infected with a taint that transports from person to person during extreme anger. The taint is transferred to Tenshu and he must now deal with the military who has interrupted the experiment to obtain it and attempt to control it. Add Synopsis In Portuguese

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Sep 12, 2002
  • Duration: 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Score: 6.0 (scored by 43 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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2 people found this review helpful
Nov 27, 2012
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 1.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
Story: I’ve never really been into science fiction and might not watch another sci-fi ever haha. But as far as sci-fi flicks go this one was pretty interesting. Tenshu is deemed psychologically fit, but he isn’t. He can’t forget his dead lover. She haunts him, saying he couldn’t save her and it drives him mad. To avenge her he brutally murders the men who raped her. All he gets is a chance to be electrocuted, and it doesn’t work. Instead he chooses to be subjected to experimentation. When he wakes up he’s in a large room with a bathroom, two beds and another man who survived death row.

Tenshu doesn’t know how much time has passed but one day a window opens in their room. On the other side of the glass is not the outside world, but a girl and there’s something strange about her.

The story plot is so well developed and so intriguing. Everything is explained and they don’t really leave you with any questions, at least until the end of the movie that is. After watching him survive his electrocution I was curious to find out what would happen next. There isn’t much experimentation going on though. It’s more like one large experiment. The scientists are observing the two death row survivors, just as the audience watching the movie is. We’re all eager to see what the outcome will be. If only one can survive, who will it be? And how can the survivor save the girl who has been possessed by a taint, an Isomer that is not of the human world?

It didn’t matter how interesting the plot was, the movie was very slow going. Honestly, I don’t think anyone will finish watching this because it is very slow. It almost feels as though nothing really happens within the two hours of watching it. Sure stuff goes on, you aren’t just watching the two inmates sit around, but it was slow paced. There were some cool fight scenes though.

It isn’t until near the end of the movie where the military actually tries to do something and even then they don’t do much. Honestly, it could have ended better. With the way it ended I feel like a sequel should have been made. Not because of unanswered questions, I didn’t have any except for what would happen next. But because I want to know what happened next and still do. It kills me that that it ended kind of badly

Music: It didn’t make any impression on me. Honestly, I don’t think there was any and if there was any it didn’t play often.

Cast/Acting: Hideo Sakaki played Tenshu and did a good job. It really seemed as if he was on the verge of insanity and his bursts of anger and violence were portrayed well. At times the majority of the cast didn’t really seem sincere but it wasn’t as if they were just reciting the lines back.

Rewatch Value: 6


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