beautiful women who begin as rivals in a secret martial arts contest,
find themselves teaming up with one another against an evil force.
Dead or Alive is a 2006 martial arts film.
Tina Armstrong (Jaime Pressly),
Christie Allen (Holly Valance), Kasumi
(Devon Aoki), Ayane (Natassia Malthe) and Helena Douglas (Sarah Carter).
film opens at temple of princess Kasumi (Devon Aoki). Hayabusa
informs her of the death of her brother. Not wanting to believe, she
leaves the temple and becomes an outcast shinobi. Before leaving she is
confronted by Ayane (Natassia Malthe) who states that if Kasumi leaves,
she is honor-bound to kill her. Jumping the wall of the temple she
catches a flying shuriken on which the words "You are invited to DOA"
at sea, Tina (Jaime Pressly) is on her yacht, arguing with her
father on the phone aboutDOA: Dead or Alive poster 1 professional
wrestling. A gang of pirates (led by Robin Shou) pull alongside and try
to take her boat. Tina defeats them and a DOA shuriken pierces the side
of her boat.
In a Hong Kong hotel, Christie (Holly Valance) is being questioned by a
number of policemen after a theft of diamonds. Wearing only a towel,
she manages to disarm and defeat all of them and then leaves the
building, driving off on a motorcycle. All the while she is observed by
Maximillian Marsh (Matthew Marsden). While driving she receives her own
three girls are amongst a number of invited fighters, including
Tina's father Bass (Kevin Nash) and Max, on a plane going to DOA
island. On the plane they're informed by Helena that in order to reach
DOA island they must jump off with parachutes and get to the compound
by sundown. Quite coincidentally the three girls land close to one
another and must work together to climb a giant Buddha statue when
Kasumi realizes it's getting late. At the compound the fighters go on
to meet Dr. Victor Donovan (Eric Roberts), the organizer of this year's
DOA, who explains about the $10 million prize money, and some of the
history about the tournament.
fighter is analyzed in a lab to show their strength, and are all
injected with nanobots which record their abilities. Weatherby (Steve
Howey), who operates all the technical equipment, oversees all this.
After all fighters are issued with ID bracelets, which beep and show
the name of your next opponent in the tournament, the confrontations
soon begin, with Tina, Christie, Gen Fu (Fang Liu), Hayabusa (Kane
Kosugi), Helena Douglas (Sarah Carter), Bayman (Derek Boyer), Zack
(Brian J. White) all progressing to round two.
Kasumi recalls her brother, Hayate (Collin Chou), and how he
once saved her from ruthless kidnappers. After saving her, she
remembers his face when a DOA shuriken came to him. Before her first
round fight, Donovan is happy to see Kasumi; Donovan explains that
Hayate was defeated by Leon the previous year, falling from the top of
a cliff with his body never to be found. After some more reflection,
Kasumi finds herself also matched against Leon (Silvio Simac); however,
she soon defeats him, realizing that if she can win so easily, Leon
could not possibly have beaten Hayate.
time later, Hayabusa and Kasumi have both progressed to the
semi-final stage of the tournament, and all combatants take a time-out
to let off steam. A volleyball tournament takes place down on the beach
(As reference to DOA: Extreme Beach Volleyball), with Kasumi and Tina
against Helena and Christie. Meanwhile, Hayabusa explores Donovan's
compound whilst all eyes are on the game, but is soon captured by the
building's booby traps. At the beach, the game abruptly ends when the
ball is struck down by a throwing star (and the ball's popped), and
Kasumi realizes that Ayane is calling her out.
fight each other in the bamboo treetops, and Kasumi pleads for
Ayane's help to find Hayate, pointing out that when he deserted the
clan, she never pursued him out of love. Ayane coldly replies that he
was different, and that Kasumi should come to terms with his death.
Their confrontation ends with the arrival of the other girls, prompting
Ayane to flee.
With the recreation time over, the tournament resumes with Tina being
matched against Zack. The two fight at the forbidden square and Tina
result leaves a showdown between Helena and Christie. Before the
fight, Max and Christie discuss how a source had said "Helena is the
key" to finding the Douglas vault somewhere on the island which
contains over $100 million. In a dramatic beach fight in the rain,
Christie notices a tattoo on the back of Helena's neck. Despite being
caught off guard by the image, Christie still manages to overpower
Helena, leaving her lying unconscious on the wet sand, and progressing
to the semi-finals of the tournament.
to Max, she recalls and deciphers the cryptic image, showing
the location of the vault to be in the Buddha head statue. With a new
round beginning, Tina, Christie and Kasumi wonder where Hayabusa has
gone, and go looking for him at Donovan's compound. However, they
themselves fall into a trap and are also captured.
turns out that Donovan is planning to harvest the nanobots from the
four best DOA fighters, creating a technology where the host will be
able to predict and adapt to any fighting style and therefore defeat
any combatant. The technology had been Weatherby's, who had no idea
Donovan would use it against fighters' wills, as well as for profit.
Weatherby, who has fallen in love with Helena, reveals to her that her
father had objected to the idea and following his objections was
killed. After being comforted by Weatherby about her failure against
Christie, Helena gains new resolve to stop Donovan. Fighting through
all his security forces, the two make it to the compound and prevent
Donovan from broadcasting the technology to buyers around the world.
Meanwhile, Max finds the Douglas vault and breaks the code, but is
interrupted by Bayman, who under Donovan's command knocks out Max and
takes the cash.
downloads the DOA program onto special sunglasses. He reveals
that he captured Hayate a year ago and much to everyone's surprise,
frees him. He challenges Hayate to one fight, in which the technology
allows him to effectively predict every move Hayate makes and kicks him
through the backwall of the compound.
Donovan is about to send the DOA program to buyers across the globe
when Weatherby stops him and contacts the CIA. Sometime later, Donovan
sets the compound on self-destruct, which Weatherby tried to stop, but
the self-destruct sequence was irreversible. Weatherby unlocks the
harvest pods to free the four semi-finalists, and Helena also manages
to hold off Donovan for a small time. With all the fighters freed, the
girls join forces to take on Donovan as he attempts to escape in a
Also, Ayane is still looking for Kasumi when she sees Hayate. Ayane is
happy to see Hayate still alive, and they hug each other.
Hayabusa fends off Bayman with the help of Weatherby and
Max, and Hayate is aided by Ayane. After a tough fight, Christie
manages to knock off Donovan's glasses, preventing him from using the
DOA program. Kasumi and Hayate then finish him off with Kasumi stabbing
Donovan in the neck with a needle, preventing him from moving. In the
final moments, all the combatants jump off the cliffside to the water,
whilst Weatherby, Max and Hayabusa take an escape hatch. The compound
explodes, presumably killing Donovan.
to gain a boat (humorously from the same pirates that attacked
Tina earlier in the movie), the group escapes DOA island. Back at
Kasumi's palace, the five female fighters join forces against the
warrior guards on the steps of the palace. There is a cut in the frame,
then the results of the fight is shown - the five of them managed to
slaughter the entire population of guards in the palace.