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Sho Aikawa was once the tough-guy muse of Takashi Miike, appearing in films such as “Gokudo Kuroshakai” (“Rainy Dog”), “Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha” (“Dead or Alive”) and “Gokudo Kyofu Dai-gekijo: Gozu” (“Gozu”) that made the director the international “King of Cult.” The sandpapery voice, the sideways stare and the sudden, stylish eruptions into action added up to the essence of cool.

Now 53 and an industry icon, Aikawa is commemorating his nearly three decades on screen with “Deadman Inferno” (“Z Island”) comedian/director Hiroshi Shinagawa’s attempt to recapture the wild and crazy energy of his star’s now long-ago peak. What it does, however, is confirm how far Miike’s best early efforts were above the trite, done-to-death genre norm — and how the indefatigable Aikawa, who in his prime was knocking out routine actioners by the dozens, as well as Miike’s straight-to-video classics, can make even the dross interesting to watch, as long as the camera is on him.

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