Friday, February 6, 2015

Crows Zero 2 (2009)


Takeshi Miike returns to helm the second installment of Crows Zero, which is arguably amongst his more mainstream work, based upon the manga by Hiroshi Takahashi. Bringing back almost all the major cast from the first film, one should expect more of the same story of high school violence given the thuggish micro-society amongst the academic community, where it's sans teachers and books, replaced by life's experience though the school of hard knocks (at times literally), coupled with the opening of old wounds and settling them through some good 'ol fisticuffs. 

Genji now number one in Suzuran accidentally breaks the peace between Suzuran's gangs and Housen a rival school. Genji must unite everyone if he is to remain in his current position and go down in the books as a true legend. Again, this film has tons of plot holes, character's that go unexplored and some that are given little screen time until the final moments of the film. But, lets take it for what it is...a brilliant fight film. Yes, the fight scenes are repetitive...the same punch...the same kick, the absence of blocking a punch! (I guess they've become hardened after fighting for so long) Anyway...the fight scenes are still fun to watch...though some tend to go on a little longer than I would have liked.

Crows Zero 2 (2009)

THE CROWS are BACK.... And this time they have a common enemy , a rival school plotting to bring them down. Genji has to bring all gangs of suzuran together, only then he will be truly respected as a leader. Its great to see the character of Genji mature as he realises beating everyone up alone doesn't make you a leader. All old characters from the first movie are back , and a bunch of new ones too forming the rival gang. Action is great.....style is cool....and background music is just perfect. A good sequel. A great ride. Fans of the first part wont be disappointed looking forward to CROWS ZERO 3 , if it ever happens.

Crows Zero 2 (2009)

Also a word from Ken Katagiri to Kawaishi “Listen Kawaishi, listen. It's true that we are not strong human beings. That's why we need to try out best to win in life. We need to win in life! You are so much more than this. If you go through with this, you'll end up pathetic like i did! But, I'm not going to give up! Never! Even if it hurts me! Even if I have to keep on trying, even if I'm almost dead! I will still push forward to the end to win in life! Don't run away anymore! Kawaishi. You are not alone! You can ask for help anytime you want! Don't do this. You still have a life!”  Isn’t a Great line don’t you think..

Overall this is a decent sequel that is worth a watch if your one of the audiences that enjoyed the first "Crows Zero".


Crows Zero 2 (2009)

§  Movie: Crows Zero 2 / Crows Zero II
§  Romaji: Kurozu zero II
§  Japanese: クロ-ズ ZERO 2 / クローズZERO II
§  Director: Takashi Miike
§  Cast:  Shun Oguri, Shunsuke Daitō, Suzunosuke Tanaka, Sōsuke Takaoka, 
    Kyōsuke Yabe, Takayuki Yamada
§  Release Date: April 11, 2009
§  Runtime: 133 min.
§  Gene: Action
§  Movie Studio: Toho
§  Distributor: Toho
§  Language: Japanese
§  Country: Japan
§  Box Office: $29,893,636
§  IMDb Rating: 7.3/10


8 months after triumphing over Serizawa Tamao (Takayuki Yamada), Takiya Genji (Shun Oguri) still struggles to attain supremacy at Suzuran All-Boys High School. Following a decisive defeat at the hands of the legendary Rindaman, and on the verge of graduating without fulfilling his goal, Genji grows quietly desperate. He begins challenging Rindaman daily, but consistently fails to beat him. His situation escalates when he unwittingly breaks a non-aggression pact between Suzuran and a rival school, Housen Academy, by coming to the aid of Kawanishi Noboru (Shinnosuke Abe) during a heated confrontation. Genji learns that the agreement between the two schools was established two years prior when, during a skirmish, Noboru violated a gang law and used a weapon to fatally wound Housen's former leader, Bitō Makio. Suzuran had subsequently sworn not to interfere with Housen's retribution upon Noboru's release from prison. Genji's protection of Kawanishi provokes Housen's current leader, Narumi Taiga (Nobuaki Kaneko), to declare war against Suzuran. Genji and his allies go on the defensive, engaging in several violent conflicts with Housen's "Army of Killers".


Crows Zero 2 (2009)

Crows Zero 2 (2009)

Crows Zero 2 (2009)


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