Corey Yuen's video-game adaptation is as bouncy as babes in bikinis battling on beaches

Doa: Dead Or Alive

on June 15, 2007 by Chad Greene
KO: Yuen wins!

The contest for “Most Authentic Grindhouse Movie Released by Dimension in 2007,” that is. Inspired by Tecmo's same-named series of fighting games, Corey Yuen's DOA: Dead or Alive is as bouncy as babes in bikinis battling on beaches—of which it has a bevy.

Can it be a coincidence that heroine Tina Armstrong's initials are—that's right—T and A? Inconceivable, considering the amount of screen time the tantalizingly taut Jaime Pressly spends in swimsuits—beginning with the scene in which Armstrong, swilling Pabst while wearing cutoff blue jeans and a stars-and-stripes bikini top, defends her yacht against a boatload of pirates.

That feat is impressive enough to earn her an invite to DOA, a super-secret martial arts tournament on an isolated island accessible only by plane—and then by parachute. Armstrong, a professional wrestler who wants to prove she's no fake, hits the silk alongside two other hard-hitting hotties, shinobi ninja princess Kasumi (Devon Aoki), who wants to find out what really happened to the big brother (Collin Chou) who reportedly wound up D instead of A after competing the previous year, and master assassin/thief Christie (Holly Valance), who wants to find out where the devious doc (Eric Roberts) who presides over the tournament keeps his reputedly $100 million cash stash.

Needless to say, the only purse any of these women are interested in is the $10 million prize awarded to the winner of the no-holds-barred brawl where fights happen “any time, any place and with anyone.” Sure, there are several subplots in DOA , but Yuen—who came up during the chop-socky era—has produced an utterly unpretentious video game of a movie tailored to teenage boys who will be indubitably drawn to these tongue-in-cheek characters equally skilled in the deadly arts of kung fu, ninjitsu…and beach volleyball.

That's right, folks— DOA is also a lock for the award for “Most Gratuitous Volleyball Game Since Top Gun .”
Distributor: Dimension
Cast: Jaime Pressly, Devon Aoki, Holly Valance, Sarah Carter, Eric Roberts, Steve Howey, Kane Kosugi, Collin Chou, Natassia Malthe, Brian J. White and Kevin Nash
Director: Corey Yuen
Screenwriters: J.F. Lawton and Adam Gross & Seth Gross
Producers: Mark Altman, Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Bernd Eichinger and Robert Kulzer
Genre: Action adventure
Rating: PG-13 for pervasive martial arts and action violence, some sexuality and nudity
Running time: 87 min.
Release date: June 15, 2007
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