Saturday, May 27, 2006

New Girlfight Movie Obsession

The trailer for the DOA (Dead or Alive) movie has been out since November. November! I only just discovered it.

It's the adaptation of the DOA fighting game series, renowned for its T&A comely female characters. What little plot the game has is nonsensical and incoherent anyway, but the game presents it with a relatively serious tone. Characters have varied fighting styles and vaguely portentous backstories and the only sources of humor are the incongruous voice casting and clunky translations.

The movie, on the other hand, just takes the Hot Chicks Fighting ball and runs the hell out of it. It's got a sense of humor, doesn't take itself seriously, and doesn't expect you to either. Not coincidentally, its director, Corey Yuen, worked on the last movie I described this way, Transporter 2. Not only is this a guy whose Hong Kong background gives him solid fight credentials, his film So Close is pretty much the greatest girlfighting movie I've ever seen. If he can restrain himself from indulging in the painful soap opera drama that results when he tries to go deeper, I think we may have a winner.

Some may say that blah blah blah hot chicks fighting we've seen it all before. So what? Just because you've had chocolate cake, does that mean you never want to eat it again? Besides, have you ever seen a chick put on her bra in the middle of a fight scene? If not, then shut the fuck up.

Well, okay, the bra gag is really just a variation on Yuen's handcuff bit from Transporter 2, but it still singlehandedly justifies watching the trailer.

"True" DOA fans, meanwhile, are frothing at the mouth, saying ridiculous things like:

...I thought Ayane hated Kasumi. Why the hell are the working together.

...So much for following on the DOA:U Intro

...And here I was hoping that the film would be orientated around, no wait, at least HINT a little at the somewhat dark storyline depicted in the DOA: Ultimate intro (the one to the tune of 'Dream On' by Aerosmith). Guess that went up sh*t creek!

...Dead or Alive is not about 5 girls looking hot and fighting random people. First off the dead or alive girls have different fighting styles and come from different parts of the world. This movie has them all fighting with each other with the exact same fighting styles and they all look completely fake. And where are the men of Dead or Alive in all this. Hayate, Hayabusa, Bass...where are they?

...WTF! what happened to the story and characters?

...I think its only got the girls in it becuase the people who created the film thought it would make the film 'hotter'. the should be the tension between the characters. What a crock of sh*t this film looks like.

...Oh yeah, i think i saw helena in the film but if it was why the hell is she american i thought she was french, there wasn't even a hint of french in her accent.

Now, while I think this movie looks fantastic, I can't endorse adaptations disrespecting their source material to the point where it alienates a property's core audience. I've been burned enough by Batman & Robin and Catwoman to know that you might as well stay true to the source. Mainstream audiences won't know better anyway and the dumbest thing you can do is throw out what the fans already love about it. Even on video game to movie adaptations, seldom has a story been made smarter when the movie changes things drastically.

Personally, I think that DOA the game had no story to speak of, that these people are being ridiculous, and that this movie is probably better than a serious adaptation of that nonsense would have been. Even so, pissing off fans of the game was a dumb move on the filmmakers' part that probably won't help the movie at the box office any.

That said, this movie will be awesome.


cyshas said...

Actually now I'm interested in watching this, even though I've never played the game.

Zack said...

Secretly, everybody is burning with the same complaint: those girls don't have big enough tits.

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Diana said...

This film ain't pushing the girl power formula it's just a group of fighters whose main protagonists are mostly women. DOA is quite good and i might think to see it again, I like everybody in the film my comment is that they have to trim down the comic elements i think it was too much especially Christie's partner he's quite annoying.
I expected it to be a charlie's angels sportsbook film but it's not. DOA is one of those films you'd like to see if you are into popcorn films, and the fight choreography is worth the price of the ticket they actually applied the moves of the characters on the video game. It makes me wanna play the video game when after seeing it!

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