Wednesday, June 15

Dead or Alive: The Movie

The fight started after Christie joked that Hitomi would be played by Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The devil is in the details. Yet onto another game-to-movie thing, though this is less than stellar that Advent Children, it is still pretty close to my heart. Of course, I've been hurt before (Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat 2 movies... aaaah...), but what the hell. I'm a sucker for punishment.

Anyway, the DOA movie's in filming right now. The director is Corey Yuen (The Transporter), which is not a bad thing since he's done lots of Hong Kong action stuff. The script is by J.F. Lawton, whose credits include Pretty Woman (Gyaaaa) and Under Siege (Hmmm). The producer is Paul Anderson who is responsible for the okay Resident Evil movies and the HORRID Alien vs Predator and the Mortal Kombat movies. So... all in all... it could go either way. Yikes.

As for the CAST. Here goes.

Sarah Carter (Final Destination 2) plays Helena.
Kane Kosugi plays Ryu Hayabusa.
Holly Valance (UK Pop Star) plays Christie.
Jaime Pressly (Sin City) plays Tina.
Devon Aoki (Sin City, 2 Fast 2 Furious) plays Kasumi.
Kevin Nash (Pro-wrestler) plays Bass.
Natassia Malthe (Elektra's Typhoid) plays Ayane.
Other characters are played by new actors.
Brian White plays Zack
Now, the girls are sexy and some seem well-cast (though Devon Aoki seems more suited to play Ayane), but it remains to be seen if this works out.

As for The STORY...

Directed by Corey Yuen, "DOA" tells of of an all-female kick-boxing squad trying to guard their employer.

Bounty-hunter Christie has been hired to bring in uber-crook Fame Douglas. Upon his return, she'll be paid a desirable fifty million big ones.
Unfortunately, Fame Douglas has hidden himself at the top of a tower, smack-bang in the middle of a remote island. On each floor, Christie encounters a member of the DOA troupe - and they've been paid to make sure she doesn't advance to the next - excuse the game pun - level.

Christie as the apparent heroine? The DOA girls reduced to being bodyguards for Fame Douglas? This movie seems to take liberties with the game's original storyline and roles for the characters, but what the hey. If there's lots of cheesecake and a DOA volleyball scene and lots of girl-on-girl fights and sexy outfits, I'll be happy. Heh.

Expect DOA the Movie to bounce into theaters in 2006.

Addendum: The competition, Namco, is also coming up with a Tekken flick. So far, the only cast member confirmed is the actor who plays kickboxer Bruce Irvin, Brian White (who also plays DOA's Zack!). The story so far is about a young man who discovers he has a great power within him, and has to fight a group of elite fighters who are after it. Hmmm. Highly simplied plot, I see. Well, it all comes to a head in 2006.

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