Dead or Alive (DOA) Movie Adaptation 🤼‍♀️ Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions

Dead or Alive Movie Adaptation

The Dead or Alive media franchise started as a fighting video game series with innovative graphics, interactive scenes, and gameplay mechanics (Danger Zone, Tag-team, and countering system). 

The first game installment was produced by Tecmo and developed in 1996 by Team Ninja.

Since then, the Dead or Alive series has accumulated 24 main and spin-off titles, most of them with female protagonists.


  • Dead or Alive (Released for Arcade and Sega Saturn in 1996)
  • Dead or Alive ++ (Released for Arcade in 1998 (Japan))
  • Dead or Alive 2 (Released for Dreamcast and PS2 in 1999 (Japan) and 2000 (NA/EU))
  • Dead or Alive 2 Millennium (Released for Arcade on 2000 (Japan))
  • DOA2: Hardcore (Released for PS2 in 2000)
  • Dead or Alive 3 (Released for Xbox in 2001 (Japan) and 2002 (NA/EU)
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Released for Xbox in 2003)
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate (Released for Xbox in 2004)
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (Released for Xbox 360 in 2006)
  • Dead or Alive 4 (Released for Xbox 360 in 2005 (NA/JPN) and 2006 (EU))
  • Dead or Alive Online (Released for Windows PC in 2008 (China))
  • Girls of DOA BlackJack (Released for iOS in 2009)
  • Dead or Alive Paradise (Released for PSP in 2010)
  • Dead or Alive: Code Chronos (Cancelled. Planned to release on Xbox 360 in 2010)
  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Released for Nintendo 3DS in 2011)
  • Dead or Alive 5 (Released for PS3 in 2012 (JPN, NA, and EU))
  • Dead or Alive 5+ (Released for PlayStation Vita in 2013)
  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (Released for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2013)
  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (Released for PS3, PS4,  Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2015)
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (Released for PS4 and PlayStation Vita in 2016)
  • Dead or Alive 5 Infinite (Released for Android and iOS in 2017 (China))
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation (Released for Windows PC in 2017 (China) and 2019 (Asia))
  • Dead or Alive 6 (Released for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in 2019 (worldwide)
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet (Released for PS4 and Nintendo Switch in 2019)

As with the “Final Fantasy” urban legend, it has been said that the developing team named it “Dead or Alive” to prove its fail or success status back then, before forming the “Team Ninja” division. Despite the game’s success, we can’t say the same with the movie adaptation.


Everything About The Dead or Alive (DOA) Movie

DOA Dead or Alive movie
Source: Impact Pictures


Production, Release Date, and Reception

DOA: Dead or Alive film production began on May 4, 2005, and concluded on July 19 of the same year, compiling an estimated budget of $30 million.

It was filmed in Bangkok, Guilin, Hengdian, Hong Kong, and released in Australia, United Kingdom, and the Philippines on September 7, 2006, but the US release was delayed by The Weinstein Company to June 15, 2007. It only opened for 21 days, across 505 theaters. 

Unfortunately for everyone involved in this film, who most had to deal with martial arts and wire training, as well as English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and more regional dialects, the film received negative reviews (Tomatometer: 33%) and poor box office ($7.7 million worldwide).

Dead or Alive (2007) Movie Trailer


Cast & Characters (Who made Dead or Alive?)

  • Jaime Pressly (Tina Armstrong)
  • Devon Aoki (Kasumi)
  • Holly Valance (Christie Allen)
  • Sarah Carter (Helena Douglas)
  • Natassia Malthe (Ayane)
  • Kane Kosugi (Ryu Hayabusa)
  • Matthew Marsden (Max)
  • Eric Roberts (Donovan)
  • Steve Howey (Weatherby)
  • Brian White (Zack)
  • Kevin Nash (Bass Armstrong)
  • Collin Chou (Hayate)
  • Derek Boyer (Bayman)
  • Silvio Simac (Leon)
  • Fang Liu (Gen Fu)

Plot/Sypnosis (What is the “Dead or Alive” movie about?)

Martial arts combatants are invited to an isolated island to fight on the “Dead or Alive” contest for a $10 million prize. Multiple contestants fight and after the defeat of Gen Fu, Bayman, Leon, and Zack; Kasumi, Tina, Christie, and Hayabusa continue to the finals.

Ayane, an assassin from Kasumi’s colony is also searching for her to destroy away from the disgrace this princess has caused to the clan.

Plans are made to steal a hidden fortune with some clues exposed on Helena’s neck. 

Helena Douglas is the daughter of the tournament’s founder. On the final day, a secret entrance is discovered, where they find out about a secret project that is taking place.

Hayabusa is found unconscious inside the main complex and the neural interface being developed to build the “ultimate fighter” is destroyed along the exploding base. The fighters escape with the help of a hijacked pirate boat.

Review & Opinions

This 90 minutes flick can be described as an Eastern choreographed martial arts film with a clothe-allergic cast of beautiful women. While there’s a wide-open niche to this, there’s a chance not everyone will appreciate how empowerment transforms into a skin parade.

However, despite the sexualization, it remains rated PG-13 probably due to the free-of-blood computer-assisted action sequences. 

There’s an ongoing story but not a good one, in my opinion.

Jack Mathews of New York Daily News: “Charlie’s Angels, Survivor, American Gladiators, and Girls Gone Wild are just some of the bad influences on Hong Kong action director Corey Yuen’s laughably silly adaptation of the video game DOA: Dead or Alive.”

Gregory Kirschling of Entertainment Weekly: “If you only ever see one bad movie about warrior chicks who meet on a tropical isle for a fight contest, make it DOA: Dead or Alive.”