Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Crows Zero (2007)


I got this movie as a gift because I like Japanese movies. I wasn't expecting much, but I was completely blown away. Oguri Shun, Takayuki Yamada, and Sosuke Takaoka really deliver! It's in-your-face with violence, but the point of it is winning loyalty and friendships with people who start out as your enemies. It's about gangs of boys just trying to make it through school and the changes they have to go through along the way. I definitely recommend watching it...I have seen it many times and it only keeps getting better. The sequel is just as good.

This movie is a teenage boys fantasy where the school has no teachers but individual clubs or gangs. And the only goal is to become top by fighting their way up. But this movie is strictly about fighting and building reputation and number of gang members. The story is like a war happening in school and the only education is to build a reputation and be notorious for being the best fighter in Suzuran High. While having a bit of rivalry going between to gangs. One is Serizawa's gang which starts off as a notorious gang in Suzuran High for being close to the top gang and the other is this new guy named Genji. And Genji's main goal is to best his own father who is a boss in the yakuza and to do that he must become the top fighter in Suzuran High. But instead of showing both sides of the story this movie focuses just about only on Genji and how he builds his reputation and gang members. And makes a group called GPS in order to take over the school. The fight scenes are nothing special everyone has only one style of fighting which is brawling and that is understandable but it doesn't have memorable fight scenes. Except maybe the final battle where Serizawa's gang and GPS gang face off with three different things going on. Overall if you like high school teenage rebels style of movie with a lot of fights than this one is a sure watch. 

The punk rock soundtrack is appropriately loud and infectious as is Kuroki's R&B, Hip-Hop numbers. "Crows Zero" is not for everyone and its over-the-top story won't win any awards but for your average male movie-going demographic, it is an absolute winner which is sure to please. See Also Crows Zero 2.

Crows Zero (2007)


§     Movie: Crows Zero / Crows: Episode 0
§  Romaji: Kurozu Zero
§  Japanese: クロ-ズ ZERO
§  Director: Takashi Miike
§  Starring: Shun Oguri, Kyosuke Yabe, Takayuki Yamada, Shunsuke Daito, Meisa Kuroki
    Tsutomu Takahashi, Goro Kishitani   
§  Release Date: October 27, 2007
§  Runtime: 129 min
§  Genre: Action
§  Distributor: Toho
§  Language: Japanese
§  Country: Japan


Suzuran High School is also known as The School of Crows. The biggest clique, Serizawa Army and its boss Tamaran Serizawa are challenged by a new student to the school, Kenji Takiya. Takiya, son of a yakuza boss, wants to be the school’s ace fighter. But at the advice of Ken Katagiri, a low-ranked start-out yakuza, Takiya starts to muster together a gang of his own. And as he grows into a true leader, he must face an ultimate battle with Serizawa’s gang. Through Serizawa and Takiya’s battle, director Takahashi shows not only his unique aesthetics for violence but also the true meaning of charisma, friendship, and leadership.


Crows Zero (2007)

Crows Zero (2007)

Crows Zero (2007)


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