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DOA: Dead or Alive

Director: Corey Yuen Run Time: 87 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG 13 Release Year: 2006

Starring: Devon Aoki, Jaime Pressly, Holly Valance, Sarah Carter

The best fighters on the planet, including ninja princess Kasumi (Devon Aoki), wrestler Tina (Jaime Pressly), and thief/assassin Christie (Holly Valance), receive invitations to compete for a $10 million prize on a specially outfitted island. However, tournament organizer Dr. Victor Donovan (R<>S favorite Eric Roberts, magnificently quaffed as usual) seems to have a hidden agenda in staging the games.

In the hands of Hong Kong director Corey Yuen (Yes, Madam), this video game adaptation premise overflows with high drama and cartoonish action, the camera in motion as much as the bodies it strives to capture. It’s all shiny, gaudy, color-splattered fun, with a bonus of erstwhile pro-wrestler Kevin Nash (Tarzan to Magic Mike fans) appearing as Tina’s over-protective father.