DOA: Dead or Alive

Synopsis: A number of fighters are invited to DOA, an invitational martial arts contest. They travel to the tournament island by plane, until they have to jump out mid-flight with parachutes, and then have until sundown to reach the main island to be entered into the tournament. Fighters are then pooled against one another in a knock-out style tournament, with the loser of a battle sent home, and the winner progressing to the subsequent round. The plot revolves around four female fighters who begin as rivals, but subsequently find themselves teaming up against another force.
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director(s): Corey Yuen
Production: The Weinstein Co.
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

Princess Kasumi.

Your brother is dead.

Your destiny is to lead your people.


I will not believe he is dead

until I see his body.

There is no body.

Then he is not dead.

- I am going to find him.

- The guards won't let you leave.

I am not a cricket in a box.

I alone determine my destiny.

But, Princess, as your brother's best friend

you must let me help you.

If my brother is really dead

then you are no longer his best friend.

Princess Kasumi, if you leave

you suffer the same fate as your brother.

You'll become an outcast,

a shinobi.

So be it.

Princess, the guards will kill you.


Ayane, I know of your love for my brother.

I will find Hayate and bring him home.

Princess Kasumi,

I beg you, do not leave the clan.

I am your servant. But if you leave,

I'm honor-bound to kill you.

Miss Armstrong, I'm sorry to interrupt,

but it's your father again.

I told you I'm busy.

But, Miss Armstrong, he just...

- Okay, put him on speaker.

- Very good.

Hi, Dad, what's up?

Sweetheart, I just hope you know

what you're giving up.

Dad, we already talked about this.

But if you get the afternoon flight,

you can still make it

to the Tag Team Championship

in Des Moines.

Dad, I already told you, I am done wrestling.

I'm done being fake. I'm done.


Are you there?

Hey, Dad. I'm gonna have to call you back

in a minute, okay?


Miss Armstrong.


Miss Armstrong!

Here's the deal, lady. We want the yacht.

If you do exactly as we say, you'll live.

If you don't,

then you'll pay with excruciating...

No deal, boys.

You boys get off my yacht now,

and y'all will avoid excruciating pain.




You need some help, buddy?

It's okay. Come on. Come on. It's okay.

I'll give you a hand. Yeah.


What do you know?

Looks like I'm going to the ball after all.

- May I help you?

- You're under arrest.

Someone broke into the safe

at the Hotel Peking last night.

Stole cash and diamonds.

We received an anonymous tip it was you.

- It was Max.

- He said it was you.

You just said your tip was anonymous.

Tell me about the diamonds.

Well, they're a girl's best friend.

Made from carbon

subjected to high pressure.

Traditionally a 60th wedding

anniversary gift.

And they're forever.

Well, perhaps spending a few hours

in a cold cell under some hot lights

will make you a little more agreeable.

- Could I at least get dressed first?

- Be my guest.


Would you hand me my bra, please?

Do me up.






Hey, you okay?

Kasumi has abandoned the temple.

She has become shinobi, an outcast.

A disgrace to the clan

like her brother before her.

You must follow her.

Find her and kill her.

Welcome to the world's greatest

martial arts tournament, DOA.

I'm Helena Douglas and I want

to thank you for accepting our invitation.

Each of you has been individually selected

because you represent the best

fighting style in your specialized field.

Soon you will get a chance to prove

that you are the best fighter in the world.

And at the same time,

pick up a $10 million prize.

In the meantime,

relax before the real fun begins.

God, this is so embarrassing, Dad.

I cannot believe you're here.

What? I got an invitation just like you.

Tina Armstrong. Baby.

So, how come you're here?

That lady just said,

"The best in your fighting style."

Now if I recall, you're a wrestler.

Wrestling ain't really fighting, now is it?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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