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TUESDAY

To American audiences, a film that opens with a nonstop barrage of high-rise-diving hookers, 30-foot coke lines, and exploding chest cavities—all set to a pounding heavy-metal soundtrack—might seem a bit disorienting. But in the surreal world of Japanese director Takashi “Over 20 Films in Four Years” Miike, such mind-numbing sequences seem to occur naturally. Sandwiched between Dead or Alive’s dizzying opening and jaw-dropping conclusion is the story of Jojima, a cop whose investigation into a bloody war among the yakuza points to Chinese-born gang leader Ryuichi. Throughout the film, Miike continues to test the limits of his audience with brutal rape, bestiality, and scat fetishism and still manages to make a poignant statement about discrimination against non-Japanese Asians living within Japanese society. Whether Jojima and Ryuichi’s cataclysmic confrontation is the symbolic result of this racial tension or simply the warped vision of an overworked director completely out of his mind is entirely your call. The film screens at 8 p.m. at Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. $2 (suggested donation). (202) 736-1732. (Matthew Borlik)